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Promotion of the Humanities_Challenge Grants

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This federal aid program is managed by:

National Endowment for the Humanities

Objectives:

To support educational and cultural institutions and organizations in order to increase their financial stability and to sustain or improve the quality of humanities programs, services, or resources. Normally, institutions requesting an NEH challenge grant must raise three dollars in new donations from nonfederal sources to receive each Federal dollar A special category of challenge grants is designed to help 2-year colleges secure long-term improvements in humanities activities. Two-year colleges, along with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges and Universities, are required to raise two times the Federal award in new donations from nonfederal sources.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $10,575,803; FY 10 est $9,500,000; FY 11 est $9,500,000 - FY'09 obligations Include additional funding provided by We the People. See 45.168 PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES-WE THE PEOPLE.

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Funds may be applied to a variety of institutional needs which an applicant has demonstrated serve both the humanities and the institution's long-term objectives. The major purpose of an NEH Challenge Grant is to help institutions and organizations attain or sustain a high level of quality in humanities programs or activities by building long-term capital resources. The most common expenditure of grant and matching funds is the creation or augmentation of endowments. Also possible are direct expenditures such as library acquisitions, technological enhancement, construction and renovation, and other costs clearly attributable to improvements in humanities programs and activities. Funds may not be used directly for general operating support or undergraduate scholarships and prizes or for short-term projects or projects eligible for support from other NEH programs.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:

PROJECT GRANTS

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Applicants may request up to $1,000,000 in Federal funds over 4 years. In fiscal year 2008, the largest award offered was $800,000, the smallest was $180,000; and the average award was approximately $470,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

From one to five years. Funds must be expended during the grant period. Funds expended include funds deposited into an income earning account. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Federal funds up to the amount offered in any year are released as matching amounts are certified to the Endowment and minimum annual matching requirements are met.

Applicant Eligibility:

Any public or private U.S. nonprofit institution or organization working wholly or in part within the humanities may apply, including the following: two-year and four-year colleges; universities; museums; historical societies; research libraries; public libraries; advanced study centers; media organizations; university presses; professional societies; or state humanities councils. State and local governments and U.S. Territories are eligible to apply on their own behalf or on behalf of nonprofit institutions, associations or organizations within their jurisdictions. Individuals and public and private elementary and secondary schools or school districts are not eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

All applicant organizations and institutions and all users of their humanities resources, programs, or activities.

Award Procedure:

Applications are reviewed by administrators of humanities institutions, panels of scholars, and other appropriate individuals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after recommendation by the National Council on the Humanities.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Office of Challenge Grants, Room 420, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Email: challenge@neh.gov Phone: (202) 606-8309.

Website Address:

http://www.neh.gov.

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