Last week the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) as the recipient of a $500,000 federal challenge grant to go toward its Next Century Initiative Capital Campaign. The campaign, launched in 2015, seeks to renovate and expand the GHS Research Center to protect its archival and library collections, which are housed in one of the oldest purpose-built libraries in the U.S.
The Historical Society becomes the first Georgia institution to receive such a grant from the NEH, which comes via its new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant program. The program is a hallmark of the NEH, which has been one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the country since its founding in 1965.
The challenge grant is named such due to the implied ‘challenge,’ in this case a requirement that GHS matches the $500k at a rate of 3:1 non-federal to federal dollars. It will fold into the ongoing Next Century Initiative Research Center Renovation Campaign, launched in 2015, which is looking to raise $3.5 million total.
“We are grateful to the NEH for their belief in the mission of the Georgia Historical Society and the need to upgrade, maintain, and preserve the Research Center,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President, and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “The campaign will greatly enhance the way GHS fulfills its mission to collect, examine, and teach Georgia and American history by improving the institution’s ability to make accessible the documents, photographs, artifacts, and other primary source material that form the building blocks of not only GHS’s award-winning educational programming, but of all scholarly research and study.”