(CLOSED) NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants - 20220517-CHA

Sponsor Name: 
National Endowment for the Humanities
Description of the Award: 

NEH has two deadlines for this NOFO, May 17, 2022 and Sebtember 28, 2022. Please submit your notice of intent if you intend to apply at either deadline. An organization is limited to submitting a single application for Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants per calendar year.

The purpose of the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. The program funds two distinct types of projects.

  • Capital Projects supports the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities. This includes the purchase and installation of related moveable and permanently affixed equipment for exhibiting, maintaining, monitoring, and protecting collections (whether on exhibit or in storage), and for critical building systems, such as electrical, heating ventilation and air conditioning, security, life safety, lighting, utilities, telecommunications, and energy management.
  • Digital Infrastructure supports the maintenance, modernization, and sustainability of existing digital scholarly projects and platforms.

Match ratios for applicants meeting general eligibility requirements
Eligible applicants (other than federally recognized Native American tribal governments, Native Hawaiian organizations, HBCUs, TCUs, HSIs, and two-year community colleges) must meet the following match ratios:

  • Requests for Level 1 grants up to $150,000 must be matched at $1 in third-party non-federal gifts for every $1 in federal funds (1:1).
  • Requests for Level 2 grants from $150,001 to $500,000 must be matched at $3 in third-party non-federal gifts for every $1 in federal funds (3:1).
  • Requests for Level 3 grants from $500,001 to $1,000,000 must be matched at $4 in third-party non-federal gifts for every $1 in federal funds (4:1).
Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Sep 28, 2022
Other Deadline Dates: 
May 17, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Please submit your notification using the Submit Notification button in the InfoReady portal no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
Penn State OSVPR NOI Deadline: 
Monday, April 4, 2022 - 4:00pm
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
For help or questions: 

Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

No Applicants, Now first come, first served - Contact LimitedSubs@psu.edu if you wish to apply