NEH to Award $6 Million in Grants To Support Humanities Organizations With Climate Smart Initiatives

Jul 26, 2023 8:15:00 AM / by Mari Crocitto

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for their Climate Smart Humanities Organizations program, distributing a total of $6,000,000 of funds to humanities organizations needing to improve conservation practices of materials while also being ecologically-efficient. Humanities organizations interested in this opportunity shall contemplate strategies to their daily operations that help reduce their carbon footprint as a result of climate change.

Between 2017 and 2019, it was proposed that about 56 percent of cultural heritage institutions faced water or moisture-related damages to their collections, with 10 percent being a result of natural disasters. To preserve pieces with historical, cultural, and educational significance, it is necessary to guarantee that institutions housing said pieces can withstand current and future climate-related events. As of recently, only 40 percent of academic museums and 59 percent of municipal museums made plans for climate-related disasters.

As energy costs rise and natural disasters become more frequent, humanities organizations face an enormous task: to anticipate the operational, physical, and financial impacts of climate-related events on their institutions while also reducing their own impact on the environment. Through the Climate Smart program, humanities organizations can undertake activities such as energy audits, risk assessments, and meetings with independent consultants. The resulting climate smart plan helps establish goals and prioritize actions that reduce the organization's impacts on the environment through mitigation and vulnerability from extreme events through adaptation.

Eligible institutions include Historical sites, archives, libraries, museums, and both public and private colleges and universities. Consortiums containing multiple humanities organizations are also encouraged to apply.

Humanities organizations interested in improving their infrastructure and readying their facilities to protect historical, cultural, and educational artifacts should contact USFCR’s grant team for further assistance. USFCR’s team offers full service Grant Consulting, Writing, and Application Review and Submission services to tailor to your organization’s specific needs. 

The Grant Writing Team is now accepting potential applicants for the NEH’s Climate Smart Humanities Organizations program through August 10th, 2023.


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1.  Louisiana State University. (2023, January 05). How Climate Change is Impacting Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. Retrieved from

2. Dressel, J., & Sweeney, L. (2023, March 16). How Have Art Museums Been Impacted by Climate Change


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Mari Crocitto

Written by Mari Crocitto