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					National Endowment
  for the   Humanities


             Old Post Office Building
             1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
             Washington, DC 20506

             www.neh.gov
Office of Challenge Grants


  Long term strengthening of our nation’s
  humanities institutions


                       Contact:
                       202/ 606-8309
                       challenge@neh.gov
                  HISTORY
• Created in 1976 as “rescue” operation in hard
  economic climate.
• To increase the levels of continuing support and to
  increase the range of contributors
• To encourage administrative and management
  improvements, particularly in the field of long-
  range financial planning
• $9,500,000 allocation is typical since 1995.
• More, but smaller, grants likely under current
  NEH Chairman
CHALLENGE GRANTS CAN PROVIDE FUNDS FOR…
  • Construction and renovation
  • Acquisitions of equipment, computer hardware and
  software, bibliographic collections
  • Endowments for faculty and staff positions, fellowships,
  research funds, library acquisition funds, computer
  upgrades and maintenance funds
  • Development and fund-raising costs
  • Bridging funds
               How NEH Challenge Grants
              Differ from Other NEH Grants

1. Challenge grants support      3. Challenge grant funds
   long-term or permanent           may be used for capital
   endeavors                        expenditures such as
                                    construction and
                                    renovation, acquisitions,
                                    purchase of equipment,
2. Challenge grant funds
   may be invested in            4. Challenge grants are all
   endowments or spend-            matching funds (also
   down funds, the income          known as Treasury funds),
   from which may support          as opposed to outright or
   over the long term almost       direct funds, and involve
   any kind of cost associated     substantial fundraising on
   with humanities activities      the part of the grantee.
MIX AND MATCH IS OK...
• For a $2 million challenge grant initiative
       • $400,000 to renovate space in the campus library
       • $500,000 for new computers and software
       • $1 million as endowment, yielding $50,000/year
          • faculty fellowships
          • software upgrades
          • salary supplements for technical staff

        • $100,000 for fund-raising costs
CHALLENGE GRANTS ARE MATCHING
AWARDS…
$3 for each $1 Federal
(No longer the case that subsequent awards require
 $4 for each $1 Federal)
Match an NEH challenge grant with nonfederal monies
       - State and local tax levy funds OK
Gifts in Kind; unrestricted gifts; planned gifts all possible
Fundraising & the Economy
                           Challenge Grants Fundraising Pattern Fiscal Years 2001-2009
                                                    (in 000s)                                     Unmatched $

                                                                                                  Advance Cert. $


$6,000



$5,000




$4,000



$3,000



$2,000




$1,000



   $0

         FY2001   FY2002         FY2003      FY2004      FY2005     FY2006      FY2007   FY2008          FY2009
                Eligibility
• Any nonprofit organization in the United
  States, with the exception of elementary or
  secondary schools (or school districts), is
  eligible to apply.
     Special Encouragement
• For Historically Black Colleges and
  Universities, Tribal Colleges and
  Universities, and Two-Year Colleges
• 2:1 match requirement
• Schedule to meet matching requirement and
  for receiving federal funds is spread over
  six years, instead of five
    A successful application…
• Builds on track record, but also carefully
  explains the current project
• Asks the reviewer to take nothing on faith

• Focuses on humanities content

• Explains how the money will be used
         Evaluation criteria

• Significance of humanities activities

• Appropriateness of resources and plans

• Impact of challenge grant funds

• Feasibility of fundraising
     Other things to consider

• Have I read the guidelines carefully?

• Do I have a hook?

• Do I have letters of support from the right
  people?

• Have I proofread the proposal?
         Philander Smith College
                 Little Rock, Arkansas

$500,000 NEH $1,500,000 MATCH $2,000,000 TOTAL




Endowed humanities acquisitions, building and equipment
    maintenance, and an archival librarian position
            Colorado College
             Colorado Springs, Colorado

$250,000 NEH $750,000 MATCH $1,000,000 TOTAL




    Endowed a three-year Distinguished Teaching
Professorship that rotates among the senior humanities
                   faculty members.
               Union College
               Schenectady, New York

$575,000 NEH $2,300,000 MATCH $2,875,000 TOTAL




  Renovated and expanded the Schaffer Library and
endowed an acquisitions fund for multimedia equipment
                   and materials.
IMPORTANT DATES

• December 1: Fund-raising period begins


• March: Submit draft application


• May 5: Application deadline


• Between Thanksgiving and Dec. 1: notification
Office of Challenge Grants


  Long term strengthening of our nation’s
  humanities institutions


                       Contact:
                       202/ 606-8309
                       challenge@neh.gov

				
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