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Grants to USA Humanities Agencies, Nonprofits, and IHEs for Strategic Planning Related to Climate Change

Climate Smart Humanities Organizations

GrantWatch ID# 206227
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Office of Challenge Programs
CFDA Number: 45.130
Funding or PIN Number: 20230117-CLI

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/27/22
Deadline: 01/17/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories state, local, and tribal government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education working in the field of humanities for strategic planning projects related to climate change. Required registrations may take up to one month to complete. The applicant organization or its subunit must work primarily in the humanities and support research, education, preservation, or public programming in one or more fields of the humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Challenge Programs is accepting applications for the Climate Smart Humanities Organizations program. This program supports comprehensive assessment and strategic planning efforts by humanities organizations to mitigate physical and operational environmental impacts and adapt to a changing climate. Projects will result in climate action and adaptation planning documents or similar detailed assessments including prioritized, measurable actions and their expected outcomes. Proposals must address how strategic planning for climate change will increase the organization’s resilience and support its work in the humanities over the long term. 

The Climate Smart Humanities Organizations program strengthens the institutional base of the humanities by funding organizational assessments and strategic planning that sustain and protect historical, cultural, educational, intellectual, and physical assets from the risks of climate change. As energy costs rise and natural disasters become more frequent, humanities organizations—such as museums, libraries, archives, historic sites, and colleges and universities—face an enormous task: to anticipate operational, physical, and financial impacts of current and future climate-related events on their institutions and the audiences they serve, while also reducing their own impacts on the environment.

To increase climate-related resilience, organizations should establish plans and prioritize actions that reduce their impact on the environment through mitigation and their vulnerability from extreme events through adaptation. Together, mitigation and adaptation can inform comprehensive resilience planning that addresses climate challenges, protects assets, reduces costs, and facilitates collaboration between executive leadership, staff, volunteers, consultants, board members, community leaders, and the audiences served by the organization. Strategic planning for climate change is an essential part of sustaining humanities organizations’ operations and activities—becoming climate smart.

The Climate Smart Humanities Organizations program offers federal matching funds to support comprehensive organizational assessments like those described above. The strategic planning project might consider challenges including—but not limited to—reduction of the institution’s carbon footprint or greenhouse gas emissions, climate-related threats to physical facilities, continuity of operations, staff and visitor safety, financial sustainability, and the role of humanities organizations as community leaders before, during, and after climatic events. Organizational assessments and strategic plans must convey direct, tangible benefits to the applicant institution.

Examples of climate smart projects can be found at

For more information about Assessment and Planning Activities, see


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible Applicants
• Nonprofit organizations recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
• Accredited institutions of higher education (public or nonprofit)
• State and local governments and their agencies
• Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments

The organization or its subunit must work primarily in the humanities and support research, education, preservation, or public programming in one or more fields of the humanities.

Individual organizations can apply for themselves or lead a consortium of organizations collaborating on strategic climate smart planning.

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

See C. Eligibility Information at for additional eligibility information.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: January 17, 2023

- Application available: October 20, 2022
- Optional Draft Deadline November 29, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Application Deadline January 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time- Expected notification date: August 15, 2023
- Project start date: October 1, 2023

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. It may take up to one month to register with and NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. For information about Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management, see

Matching required: Yes, 1:1 non-federal, third-party gifts must be raised by July 31, 2024. For more information about matching requirements, see

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 20-30 grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum award amount: $300,000

Term of Contract
Period of performance: Up to 24 months
Projects must start on October 1, 2023.

Contact Information
If you have questions about the program, contact:
Office of Challenge Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about Section 106 or NEPA, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can contact NEH using telecommunications relay at 7-1-1.

If you have questions about registering or renewing your registration with or, contact the Federal Service Desk, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at:
Federal Service Desk
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through, contact Applicant Support at: Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: +1-606-545-5035
Always obtain a case number when calling for support.

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