Conference Proceeding: What You Don’t Know about the NEH Challenge Grant

The George A. Smathers Libraries were awarded a second NEH Challenge Grant in 2014 entitled “Repositioning Florida’s Judaica Library: Increasing Access to Humanities Resources from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean”. The project proposes to raise $1.5 million matched by an NEH contribution of $500,000 to build an endowment in support of purchasing and preserving hidden and/or endangered Judaica materials from Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in support of research fellowships, studentships, and ongoing public outreach and engagement. This presentation by the Libraries’ Grants Manager, Bess de Farber, and Judaica Librarian, Rebecca Jefferson, will introduce the NEH Challenge Grant program, grant-seeking strategies and post-award management rewards and challenges. The presenters will provide a step-by-step retrospective describing how the proposal came to be conceived and submitted, time-tested practices for planning and preparing a fundable project, and the risks that project team members may encounter.