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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies to Support
the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Resources

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

07/15/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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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.

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. This program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate 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.

Proposed projects may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or may involve collaboration between institutions. However, even in the case of single-institution projects, working with specialists in other offices or departments or colleagues in other institutions often helps ensure that proposed activities are achievable and will have maximum impact for the humanities. Collaboration can be crucial in providing the appropriate mix of humanities content and methodological expertise and can help broaden the scope of, and audiences for, proposed collections or reference resources. In all cases, projects should be designed to facilitate sharing, exchange, and interoperability of humanities information and products.

The HCRR program includes two funding categories:

  • Foundations: Foundations awards support planning, assessment, and pilot activities that incorporate cross-disciplinary expertise in order to help in the formative stages of efforts to preserve and create access to humanities collections or to produce reference resources. In order to enhance access to humanities collections held by smaller institutions, Foundations applicants may request additional funding to support inter-institutional planning and pilot activities. 
  • Implementation: Applications may be submitted for projects that address one or more specific humanities activities.

For more information on funding categories, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Humanities%20Collections%20and%20Reference%20Resources%20NOFO%2020210715-PW.pdf#page=4.

For NEH areas of interest, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Humanities%20Collections%20and%20Reference%20Resources%20NOFO%2020210715-PW.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151060

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,500,000

Number of Grants:

35

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award amount:
- Implementation projects: $350,000
- Foundations projects: $50,000 (NEH offers an additional $10,000 to support interinstitutional 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, 2022 and as late as September 1, 2022.

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
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

An eligible entity may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. The lead applicant would be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.

Individuals, foreign, and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

For funding restrictions, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Humanities%20Collections%20and%20Reference%20Resources%20NOFO%2020210715-PW.pdf#page=29.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application available: March 25, 2021
- Optional Draft due: June 3, 2021
- Application due: July 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must be received by the deadline.
- Expected notification date: April 30, 2022
- Project start date: June 1, 2022 September 1, 2022

Required Registrations:
- Your organization must obtain a unique entity identifier, currently a valid Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S®) number.
- Your organization must register with the System for Award Management (SAM).
- Your organization must register with Grants.gov before submitting an application.

Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete.

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

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332366

Contact Information:

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

If you choose to submit a draft, send it to preservation@neh.gov.

For questions about the program, contact
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8570
preservation@neh.gov
Federal Relay: 800-877-8399

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
grantmanagement@neh.gov

Grants.gov Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
Email: support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

45.149

Funding or Pin Number:

20210715-PW

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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