Chapter Project Grant

NEHS Chapter Project Grants are designed to encourage local chapters to be innovative in developing projects that further the goals of the Society and support their local community in one of the following areas: academic focus; community engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaborative projects. Projects must be organized and led by student members and endorsed and monitored by Chapter Advisors.


The Society will award a number of grants, of no more than $200 each, each semester to support chapter activities.

  • Proposals for implementation during spring 2024: September 11 - October 10, 2023
  • Proposals for implementation during summer/fall 2024: April 15 - 29, 2024


  1. Applications can only be submitted by an active NEHS chapter.
  2. Applications must be prepared by student members and submitted by registered Chapter Advisors.
  3. Any active chapter is eligible to apply for a Chapter Project Grant each semester, but no chapter may receive more than one grant each academic year.
  4. Grants may not be used to pay NEHS membership fees for members or for NEHS annual affiliation fees, nor to award scholarships, awards, and prizes for chapter members or Advisors.

Project Categories

Academic Focus

This category will demonstrate how a chapter works to establish or maintain a project focused on supporting the academic growth of a target audience within their school or local community.

Community Engagement

The purpose of this category is to demonstrate how NEHS chapters are focused on promoting life-long learning and the celebration of reading, writing, film, and the arts in their local community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This category will demonstrate how NEHS chapters are promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in various forms within their school or local community.

Collaborative Projects

The purpose of this category is to demonstrate how NEHS chapters are working with other NEHS chapters, other high school Honor Societies, or Sigma Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa Delta chapters on collaborative projects impacting their school or local community.

Application Requirements

  1. All submissions must be made via the NEHS AwardSpring platform during the fall or spring period.
  2. Applicants must complete demographic data questions prior to submitting their documentation.
  3. All submissions must include a chapter biography and group photo.
  4. Applicants will be asked to upload a narrative of no more than 500 words that contains the following information:
    • the category (academic focus; community engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; or collaborative projects) into which the project falls;
    • a description of the concept and need for the project, the intended outcome, and how it meets the goals of the Society;
    • an explanation of whether the project involves a collaboration with another group/organization;
    • the target audience;
    • a timeline for the project from starting point to completion; and
    • a description how the project will be evaluated and publicized by the chapter.
  5. All submissions must include a detailed budget. NEHS will support projects that have a total cost that goes beyond NEHS fundingin this case, applications should explain where they intend to acquire the rest of the funding.
  6. Any applications that involve a collaboration of any kind must include a PDF letter from the other group/organization clearly outlining their willingness to participate in the project, the goals of the partnership and the intended outcomes of the project.
  7. Applicants must agree that, should they win an award, they are willing to provide a written report and photos detailing the impact the award has had on them, which can be used by NEHS to promote this and other awards in future years.

Evaluation Process

  1. All submissions will be evaluated by the NEHS Advisory Council.
  2. Submissions will be evaluated in terms of the significance and contribution the project makes to the goals of the Society, and the concept, clarity, and organization of the proposal and supporting letters (if needed).
  3. Awards will be given purely based on merit, not based on the imperative that all funds should be spent annually.