Challenge Programs: Challenge Grants

Period of Performance

12/1/2011 - 7/31/2017

Funding Totals (matching)

$75,000.00 (approved)
$60,688.00 (offered)
$60,688.00 (awarded)

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature: Extending Humanities Scholarship and Learning Throughout our Community

FAIN: CH-51124-13

Hiram College (Hiram, OH 44234-3409)
Kirsten Parkinson (Project Director: May 2012 to November 2017)

Endowment of a community reading program and scholar-in-residence in the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature.

Hiram College requests a $75,000 grant to support a community reading program and scholar-in-residence for its signature Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature. The Center brings distinctive humanities programs to the Northeast Ohio community and demonstrates significant experience with the proposed community reading program. The Center has twice received Big Read program funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. A scholar-in-residence would create new opportunities for scholarly research that the Center would disseminate through publications, presentations, and collaborations. Hiram has received two NEH Challenge Grants; first in 1994 for our humanities collection in the campus library and again in 2000 to support our Center for Literature, Medicine, and Biomedical Humanities. In both cases, Hiram successfully met our fundraising goals to create new endowments. Our humanities collections and programs have thrived as a result and created enduring value.

Media Coverage

Cuyahoga Community College promotes its athletic teams: Higher Education (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Karen Farkas
Publication: Plain Dealer
Date: 1/7/2013
Abstract: Coverage of initial grant in educational news roundup

Hiram Receives Community Reading Grant (Media Coverage)
Publication: Hiram Magazine
Date: 2/1/2013
Abstract: Announcement of NEH Challenge Grant to Hiram College alumni community

Director's Note (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Kirsten Parkinson
Publication: amaranth
Date: 1/15/2013
Abstract: Biannual note from Lindsay-Crane director about happenings in the Center announcing NEH Challenge Grant

Associated Products

Town and Gown: Building Connection Through Community Reading Programs (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Town and Gown: Building Connection Through Community Reading Programs
Author: Maria Judd
Author: Kirsten Parkinson
Author: Paul Gaffney
Abstract: Academic institutions can forge valuable bonds with their surrounding communities by sponsoring or collaborating on reading programs focused on a single book. This panel, which includes representatives from both colleges and community partners, discusses the opportunities and potential pitfalls of such endeavors, including the challenges of book selection, the logistics of event planning, the availability of funding options, and the pleasures and mutual benefits of partnership building.
Date: 02/10/2017
Primary URL:
Conference Name: Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference 2017