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Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs
to Increase Access to Records of Historical Significance

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

10/08/20 Midnight ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs for projects that increase access to records of historical significance. Applicants must ensure that required registrations are completed prior to applying. Projects that expand civic education, engage the public, and promote understanding of the nation’s history, democracy, and culture from the founding era to the present day are welcome.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, such as politics, law (including the social and cultural history of the law), social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or may be centered on the papers of major figures from American history. Whether conceived as a thematic or a biographical edition, the historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

The Commission is especially interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Applications that use collections to examine the ideals behind the founding of the United States and the continual interpretation and debate over those ideals over the past 250 years are especially encouraged. The Commission welcomes projects that engage the public, expand civic education, and promote understanding of the nation’s history, democracy, and culture from the founding era to the present day.

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions.

Grants are awarded to collaborative teams (including at least two scholar-editors, in addition to one or more archivists, digital scholars, data curators, and/or other support and technical staff, as necessary) for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, transcribing, annotating, editing, encoding, and publishing documentary source materials online and in print.  Eligible documentary edition projects typically focus on original manuscript or typewritten documents, but may also include other formats, such as analog audio and/or born-digital records.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180922

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

The Commission expects to make up to 25 grants in this category.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $175,000
Award Floor: $1

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for one year.

NHPRC support for First Deadline grants begins no earlier than January 1, 2020.

NHPRC support for Second Deadline grants begins no earlier than July 1, 2020.

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:

Eligibility:

-U.S. nonprofit organizations or institutions
-U.S. colleges, universities, and other academic institutions
-State or local government agencies
-Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups

Because of the focus on historical documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project.

This grant program does not support the production of film or video documentaries.

For a comprehensive list of the Commission's limitations on funding, please see What We Do and Do Not Fund: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/eligibility.html

Pre-Application Information:

First Deadline:

- Draft (optional): April 1, 2020
- Final Deadline: June 10, 2020

Second Deadline:

- Draft (optional): Anytime up to August 3, 2020
- Final Deadline: October 8, 2020

The Commission provides no more than 50 per cent of total direct project costs in the Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions category. NHPRC grant recipients are not permitted to use grant funds for indirect costs (as indicated in 2 CFR 2600.101).

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. Indirect costs must be listed under the applicant’s cost sharing contribution.

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 https://sam.gov. Please refer to the User Guides section and the Grants Registrations PDF.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit drafts, but drafts are not required. Drafts intended for a particular final submission deadline may be submitted anytime up to (but no later than) the draft deadlines specified above. Send them by email to Darrell Meadows, Director for Publishing, and include a draft narrative and budget.

Application Instructions:
https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply

FAQs: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/publishing-faqs.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322941

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Darrell Meadows, Director of Publishing
202-357-5321
darrell.meadows@nara.gov

CFDA Number:

89.003

Funding or Pin Number:

EDITIONS-202006

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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