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Public Engagement with Historical Records

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Native American Tribes, and IHEs
to Create Opportunities for Public Access to Historical Resources

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Archives - National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

Deadline Date:

10/08/20

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Native American tribes, and IHEs to create opportunities for public access to historical resources. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Projects that focus on innovative methods to introduce primary source materials and how to use them in multiple locations also are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational or personal reasons. For example, an applicant can:

  • Enlist volunteer “citizen archivists” in projects to accelerate access to historical records, especially those online. This may include, but is not limited to, efforts to identify, tag, transcribe, annotate, or otherwise enhance digitized historical records.
  • Develop educational programs for K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members that encourage them to engage with historical records already in repositories or that are collected as part of the project.
  • Collect primary source material from people through public gatherings and sponsor discussions or websites about the results.
  • Use historical records in artistic endeavors. This could include K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members. Examples include projects that encourage researching and writing life stories for performance; using record facsimiles in painting, sculpture, or audiovisual collages; or using text as lyrics for music or as music.
  • Develop technologies that encourage the sharing of information about historical records.

For eligible projects, see https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/eligibility.html.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174204

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$400,000

Number of Grants:

The Commission expects to make up to five grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Commission expects to make grants of between $50,000 and $150,000.

Term of Contract:

NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2021.

A grant normally is for one to three years.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Nonprofit organizations or institutions
- Colleges, universities, and other academic institutions
- State or local government agencies
- Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups

NHPRC grant recipients are not permitted to use grant funds for indirect costs.

For ineligible projects, see https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/eligibility.html.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Draft Deadline (optional): August 10, 2020
- Final Deadline: October 8, 2020
- NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2021.

All institutions applying for an NHPRC grant must use Grants.gov, the government-wide grants portal. If you have not already registered, you should allow several weeks before the application deadline to complete the necessary forms.

Applicant organizations must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application, maintain SAM registration throughout the application and award process, and include a valid DUNS number in their application. Details on SAM registration and requesting a DUNS number can be found at the System for Award Management website at www.sam.gov and https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/displayHomePage.do.

The total costs of a project are shared between the NHPRC and the applicant organization. Cost-sharing is required. The applicant's financial contribution may include both direct and indirect expenses, in-kind contributions, non-Federal third-party contributions, and any income earned directly by the project.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Nancy Melley at the NHPRC who may:
- Advise the applicant about the review process;
- Answer questions about what activities are eligible for support;
- Supply samples of successful applications;
- Read and comment on a preliminary draft. Applicants should submit a draft at least 2 months before the deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327164
FAQs: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/faqs.html
Sample Projects: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/projects/
Application Instructions: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=327164&origin=vgo-apply

Nancy Melley
202-357-5452
nancy.melley@nara.gov

If you require an accessible version of the Budget form, please contact the Grants Workflow and Information Coordinator at 202-357-5022.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Jeff de la Concepcion, Grant Information Specialist, at Jeff.delaconcepcion@nara.gov

Questions? Contact the NHPRC
E-mail: nhprc@nara.gov
Telephone: 202-357-5010
Fax: 202-357-5914

The National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

CFDA Number:

89.003

Funding or Pin Number:

Engagement-202010

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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