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The National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources.

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Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds (that is, funds that are invested, with both the income and the principal being expended over a defined period of years) that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities. Grantees may also use funds for one-time capital expenditures (such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, and acquisitions) that bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support. Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities. Programs that involve collaboration among multiple institutions are eligible as well, but one institution must serve as the lead agent and formal applicant of record.

    Document Type:       Grants Notice
    Funding Opportunity Number:     20110504-CH
    Opportunity Category:     Discretionary
    Posted Date:     Feb 08, 2011
    Creation Date:     Feb 08, 2011
    Original Closing Date for Applications:     May 04, 2011  
    Current Closing Date for Applications:     May 04, 2011  
    Archive Date:     Jun 03, 2011
    Funding Instrument Type:     Grant
    Category of Funding Activity:     Humanities (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA)
    Category Explanation:    
    Expected Number of Awards:     20
    Estimated Total Program Funding:    
    Award Ceiling:     $1,000,000
    Award Floor:     $0
    CFDA Number(s):     45.130  --  Promotion of the Humanities_Challenge Grants
    Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:     Yes

    Eligible Applicants

    State governments
    County governments
    City or township governments
    Special district governments
    Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
    Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
    Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
    Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
    Private institutions of higher education

For more information, contact:

Office of Challenge Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities
Room 420
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506




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