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Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
and Tribes for Historic Preservation Projects

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Archives and Records Administration, National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

Deadline Date:

10/08/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes for historic preservation projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of this grant program is to support projects that process, preserve, and digitize historical records. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve online public discovery and use of historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history. Additionally, the Commission is interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The NHPRC encourages applications that use collections to examine the ideals behind the founding of the United States and the continual interpretation and debate over those ideals these past 250 years. 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.

Projects may preserve and process historical records to:

  • Convert existing description for online access
  • Create new online Finding Aids to collections
  • Digitize historical records collections and make them freely available online

The successful application will demonstrate the value of the contents of the collection, will outline a project that addresses best practices for the work and is appropriately staffed, will propose a budget that accomplishes the project in a cost-effective manner, and will outline activities that bring researchers to the collections included in the project as well as the rest of the repository's holdings.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189899

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants:

The Commission expects to make up to 10 grants in this category.

Estimated Size of Grant:

A grant is for up to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

A grant is for one or two 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

For information about eligible and ineligible projects and funding restrictions, see https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/eligibility.html.

Pre-Application Information:

- Draft Deadline (optional): August 10, 2020
- Final Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time October 8, 2020.
- NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2021

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.

The Commission provides no more than 75 per cent of total project costs in the Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects category. For example, a request of $75,000 in NHPRC grant funds means the applicant must provide at least $25,000 in cost share.

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 and the Dun & Bradstreet website at http://www.dnb.com/.

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. Go to the Grants.gov Organization Registration at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html to follow the instructions.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327105
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

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

Project Eligibility: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/eligibility.html

Contact Information:

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

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director for Technology Initiatives, Nancy Melley at nancy.melley@nara.gov or 202-357-5452.

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

In the event that Grants.gov is experiencing technical difficulties that prevent submission, applicants must first attempt to resolve the issue with the Grants.gov Contact Center (800-518-4726). If Grants.gov cannot solve the problem, applicants must contact Jeff de la Concepcion (202-357-5022) no later than 3:00 Eastern Time on the day of the deadline with their valid Grants.gov Contact Center trouble-ticket number. Applicants that fail to meet deadlines for reasons other than those noted will not be considered for funding.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 114
Washington, DC 20408-0001
E-mail: nhprc@nara.gov
Telephone: 202-357-5010
Fax: 202-357-5914

CFDA Number:

89.003

Funding or Pin Number:

ARCHIVAL-202010

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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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