Today, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced awardees of $43.1 million in grants for projects related to humanities research, exhibitions, documentaries, education programs for teachers, the preservation of historic collections, as well as its newly established Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge. As part of the Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge program, 29 projects were selected to share $13 million of the overall investment "to strengthen and sustain humanities infrastructure and capacity-building activities at cultural institutions," according to a press release. This is the NEH's final round of funding for 2018.
Highlights of the Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge awardees include a $750,000 matching grant for the construction of a new cultural and arts hub in downtown Juneau, Alaska, by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council; a $176,106 matching grant to support accessibility upgrades and theater renovations at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, stewarded by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; a $250,000 matching grant for the design and construction of a new Jewish museum in Washington, D.C., by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, which will include the relocation and renovation of a historic 1876 synagogue; and a $500,000 matching grant to assist in the planning and initial construction phase for a Native American and early settlers cultural heritage complex in St. Ignace, Mich., by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Additionally, the NEH awarded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance a $365,000 matching grant for "training opportunities for members of the HBCU Library Alliance, in order to strengthen stewardship of special collections documenting the African American experience."