On Tuesday, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced the creation of a new grant program to “create and sustain humanities infrastructure,” according to a press release. This new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants program provides up to $750,000 in government funds—with required nonfederal matching investment of three times the government expenditure—to cultural institutions for construction and renovation projects, new equipment and software, preservation and conservation of collections, and more.
“For decades NEH has played a vital role in helping build the humanities infrastructure of the United States,” said NEH senior deputy chairman Jon Parrish Peede in the release. “These new grants expand that role by leveraging federal dollars to spur increased private investment in our nation’s libraries, museums, and cultural centers to ensure the long-term health and growth of these institutions. The result will be greater access to historical, cultural, and educational resources for all Americans.”
The new NEH program will give “special encouragement” to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and two-year colleges by reducing the funding ratio requirements from three-to-one, to one-to-one.
Applications will be accepted until March 15.