Challenge Grants: Hiram College

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College has been active in bringing distinctive humanities programs to northeast Ohio. Its highly praised community reading program has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read Program and more recently from the NEH through a Challenge Grant. This Challenge Grant will help the center expand its reading program through greater community outreach and develop a scholar-in-residence position. The scholar-in-residence will provide new opportunities for scholarly reflection and research through interaction with faculty and staff.

Hiram College has also utilized Challenge Grants to leverage private funding for innovative educational endeavors in the past. Hiram received its first NEH Challenge Grant in 1994 to develop a humanities collection in its campus library, and its second in 2000 to support a Center for Literature, Medicine, and the Biomedical Humanities. In both cases the college leveraged the seed money provided by the Challenge Grant to inspire individuals and private organizations to add their support, creating long-lasting programs that have had a large impact on their community.

You can find more information about this grant program here. If you have questions, please contact NEH’s Office of Challenge Grants at 202-606-8309 or at challenge@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

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