Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NEH Challenge Grants - Humanities

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for Challenge Grants. These grants are intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds (that is, funds that are invested, with both the income and the principal being expended over a defined period of years) that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities. Funds may also be used for one-time capital expenditures (such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, and acquisitions) that bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly.

Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support. NEH particularly welcomes proposals for programming at America's historic places (historic sites, neighborhoods, communities, or larger geographical regions). Activities supported by Challenge grant funds (both federal and nonfederal together) must provide long-term benefits to the humanities. Challenge grant funds should not replace funds already being expended on the humanities, but instead should reflect careful strategic planning to strengthen the institution's activities in and commitment to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the humanities.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) activities to be supported, 2) plans for raising funds for matching, and 3) the significance to the humanities of what is being proposed.


The maximum federal portion of an NEH Challenge Grant is $1,000,000. Successful applicants will be offered a matching grant. The requested grant amount should be appropriate to the humanities needs and the fundraising capacity of the institution. Requests over $500,000, however, are unlikely to be funded at the requested level. Applicants wishing to apply for a grant of more than $500,000 should consult with NEH staff about the size of their requests.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

May 5, 2010


URL for more information:

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at