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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #151060

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to support the preservation of historical and cultural resources. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. The purpose of the program is to support projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities.

HCRR advances scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities by helping libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country steward important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. The program strengthens efforts to extend the reach of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible. Awards also support the creation of reference resources that facilitate the use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

Projects may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or may involve partnerships between organizations. Collaboration between humanities experts and information professionals is essential to broaden the scope of, and audiences for, proposed collections or reference resources. You should design a project that facilitates sharing, exchange, and the interoperability of humanities information and products, as well as ensures their long-term availability. Projects should expand participation in cultural heritage and promote engagement with primary sources.

The HCRR program includes two funding categories:

  • Foundations: Foundations awards support planning, assessment, and pilot activities that incorporate cross-disciplinary expertise in the formative stages of preserving and creating access to humanities collections or producing reference resources. Drawing upon the cooperation of humanities scholars and technical specialists, these projects might include efforts to initiate intellectual control of collections, to solidify collaborative frameworks and strategic plans for complex digital reference resources, or to produce preliminary versions of online collections or resources. Experts may be humanities scholars, archivists, curators, librarians, preservation specialists, and other information professionals, depending on your goals.
  • Implementation: Applications may be submitted for projects that address one or more specific humanities activities.

For more information on funding categories, see

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  • 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
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions and be one of the following:
- A nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
- An accredited institution of higher education (public or 501(c)(3))
- A unit of state or local government
- A federally recognized Native American tribal government

Applicants must not function solely as a fiscal agent for another entity and must make substantive contributions to the success of the project.

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

NEH does not make awards to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Application available: April 7, 2022
- Optional Draft due: June 7, 2022
- Application due: July 19, 2022
- Expected notification date: April 30, 2023
- Project start date: June 1, 2023 - September 1, 2023

The optional review is not part of the formal selection process and has no bearing on the final funding decision. However, previous applicants have found it helpful in strengthening their applications.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. It may take up to one month to register with and NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration.

Eligible applicants may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this notice. Collaborating organizations may be included as participants in multiple proposals.

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

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Maximum award amount:
- Implementation projects: $350,000
- Foundations projects: $50,000 (NEH offers an additional $10,000 to support inter-institutional planning and pilot activities).

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is up to two years for Foundations awards and up to three years for Implementation awards. Projects may start as early as June 1, 2023, and as late as September 1, 2023.

Contact Information:

If you choose to submit a draft, send it to

For questions about the program, contact:
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

For questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: 606-545-5035
Email: support@grants.g

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