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Grant to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, IHE, or Tribe to Develop the Capacity of Archivists

Archives Leadership Institute Grant


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Funding Source
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
CFDA Number: 89.003
Funding or PIN Number: LEADERSHIP-202312
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/08/22 Midnight ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA nonprofit organization, government agency, institution of higher education, or tribe to develop the capacity of archivists. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to enhance the leadership skills of mid-career archivists.

The Commission seeks proposals from organizations to continue the Archives Leadership Institute, which it first funded in 2008. The Archives Leadership Institute seeks to build the capacity of mid-career archivists as leaders both in their own institutions and in the archives field. 

The NHPRC envisions a program that will tailor contemporary best practices in leadership skills to issues specific to archives professionals. The Commission is especially interested in proposals that make creative use of meeting times and both face-to-face and virtual instruction. The grantee will be responsible for all project phases, from curriculum design and development through administering the program for the attendees it selects. Topics for the Institute may include issues in managing and leading change, cultural competency, strategic planning, fund raising, and advocacy. In addition, there should be opportunities for participants to develop solutions to the specific needs of their institutions. Institute faculty should be diverse in composition and include experts and educators in leadership development and organizational management, as well as experienced archival leaders. 

Project plans (including staffing model and planned activities) must demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment, and upholding core values of collaboration, experimentation, innovation, creativity, and diversity in all forms. Promotional plans and outreach activities must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to engaging, listening to, and supporting a diverse and inclusive community of archivists. The NHPRC strongly encourages project teams that include racially and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and attendees. 


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Nonprofit organizations or institutions
- Colleges, universities, and other academic institutions
- State or local government agencies
- Federally-recognized or -acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups

Pre-Application Information
Submission Dates and Times
- Draft (optional): October 1, 2022
- Final Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight Eastern Time on December 8, 2022.
NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2023.

Applicants are encouraged to submit drafts by October 1, 2022 by email and should include a draft narrative and budget.

Grant applicants will be notified within 2 weeks after the Archivist’s decision.

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 Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number in their application. Details on SAM registration and requesting a UEI number can be found at the System for Award Management website at

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Application Instructions:

Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
The total award will be up to $450,000 for three years.

Term of Contract
- Two to three years
- NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2023.

Contact Information
At any time, applicants are encouraged to contact the Director for Access Programs, Nancy Melley (, 202-357-5452)

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