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Outstanding Public History Project Award

Award to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, or Individual for
an Exceptional History Project or Exhibit

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Council on Public History (NCPH)

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 Receipt


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Award of $1,000 to a USA nonprofit, for-profit, group, or individual to recognize an exceptional project that contributed to the public’s understanding and appreciation of history. Consideration will be given to activities such as media projects, exhibits, written works, and public programming completed within the last two calendar years.

Nominations will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

-The creativity and/or innovativeness of the approach
-The quality of historical research and interpretation resulting from the use of material culture, oral history, or any other appropriate form of documentary evidence
-The social, civic, and/or intellectual impact of the project
-The professionalism of the history practitioner(s) involved

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

- Media: Web pages, web-based video, audio, blogs, documentaries, and films (DVD, etc.)

- Exhibits: In museums, cultural centers, and other public venues

- Public Programs: Lecture series, walking tours, oral history projects, outreach activity, educational offerings, workshops, etc.

- Written Works – Research, reports, brochures, working papers, etc. or historical fiction (including books), that contribute to larger public history efforts to broaden public history understanding.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163017

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The annual Outstanding Public History Project Award consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a certificate presented at the NCPH Annual Meeting (in Las Vegas, NV in 2018). Award winners also receive complimentary registration for the awards breakfast.

Term of Contract:

Work must have been completed within the previous two calendar years (2016 and 2017).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects – from digital to print, and from exhibits to brochures to films – by individuals, groups, community organizations, businesses, or other organizations or work done in support of such projects may be nominated.

Individuals or organizational entities responsible for the project may nominate themselves, be nominated by others familiar with the project, or be nominated by the award selection committee itself.

Please note that non-fiction books and journal articles are not eligible for this award.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations must be received (not postmarked) by December 1, 2017.

Clearly mark each submission, “NCPH Outstanding Public History Project Award.” If emailed, nominations must be sent in one complete document (MS Word or a PDF). Please note that materials will not be returned.

Contact Information:

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

Applications should be sent to or mailed to:

NCPH, 127 Cavanaugh Hall - IUPUI
425 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Additionally, send the application to each of the following committee members:

Andrea Burns (Chair)
Appalachian State University
249Y Anne Belk Hall
Department of History
Boone, NC 28608

Erin Bernard
Philadelphia History Truck
180 S Bancroft St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Ashley Bouknight
The Hermitage
1000 Walden Creek Trace
Apt 32-2G
Spring Hill, TN 37174

For questions, contact:
(317) 274-2716

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