Climate Smart Humanities Organizations

Office of Challenge Programs

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Matching required: Yes, 1:1 non-federal, third-party gifts must be raised by March 31, 2025

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Expected output

Climate action and adaptation planning document

Period of performance

Up to 24 months

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As energy costs rise and natural disasters become more frequent, humanities organizations - such as museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, and colleges and universities - face an enormous task: to anticipate operational, physical, and financial impacts of climate-related events on their institutions, while also reducing their own impact on the environment. Climate Smart Humanities Organizations supports these efforts by offering federal matching funds for comprehensive organizational assessments that lead to strategic climate action and adaptation plans.  

Through the Climate Smart program, your humanities organization can undertake activities such as energy audits, risk assessments, and meetings with consultants. The resulting climate smart plan helps you establish goals and prioritize actions that reduce your organization’s impacts on the environment through mitigation and vulnerability from extreme events through adaptation. Together, mitigation and adaptation can inform a robust road map that addresses climate challenges, protects assets, and facilitates collaboration between internal and external stakeholders. Strategic planning for climate change is an essential part of sustaining humanities organizations’ operations and activities—becoming climate smart.

Individual organizations can apply for themselves or lead a consortium of organizations collaborating on strategic climate smart planning.

Awards in this program are made with federal matching funds and require fundraising of third-party, non-federal gifts at a ratio of one to one.

Watch the Climate Smart Humanities Organizations webinar 

  • 59-minute presentation
  • Closed captions available

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Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and that you are prepared to write the most effective application.

Application Materials

Climate Smart Humanities Organizations Notice of Funding Opportunity September 2023 (PDF) application package for Climate Smart Humanities Organizations

Program Resources

Climate Smart Humanities Organizations Frequently Asked Questions, 2023 (coming soon)

Federal Matching Funds Guidelines

Certification of Gifts/Pledges (PDF)

Instructions for the Supplementary Cover Sheet for NEH Grant Programs

Sample Application Narratives

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Historic Past, Carbon Neutral Future: Planning for Climate Action at Historic New England

Anchorage Museum Association,  Anchorage Museum Sustainability Strategic Plan

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