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Public Engagement with Historical Records

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs
to Promote Public Access to Historical Resources

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives

Deadline Date:

10/03/19 Midnight ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and IHEs for projects that promote public engagement with historical resources. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Emphasis is placed on projects that develop new tools to help people engage online.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives support projects that promote access to America’s historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. The following grant application information is for Public Engagement with Historical Records projects.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations between archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal. Projects that focus on innovative methods to introduce primary source materials and how to use them in multiple locations also are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational or personal reasons. For example, an applicant can:

  • Enlist volunteer “citizen archivists” in projects to accelerate access to historical records, especially those online. This may include, but is not limited to, efforts to identify, tag, transcribe, annotate, or otherwise enhance digitized historical records.
  • Develop educational programs for K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members that encourage them to engage with historical records already in repositories or that are collected as part of the project.
  • Collect primary source material from people through public gatherings and sponsor discussions or websites about the results.
  • Use historical records in artistic endeavors. This could include K-12 students, undergraduate classes, or community members. Examples include projects that encourage researching and writing life stories for performance; using record facsimiles in painting, sculpture, or audiovisual collages; or using text as lyrics for music or as music.
  • Develop technologies that encourage the sharing of information about historical records.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174204

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$275,000

Number of Grants:

The Commission expects to make up to three grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Commission expects to make grants between $50,000 and $150,000.

Term of Contract:

A grant normally is for one to three years. Grants begin no earlier than July 1, 2020.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Draft Deadline (optional): August 1, 2019
Final Deadline: October 3, 2019
NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2020.

Applicants are encouraged to submit drafts by August 1, 2019, but drafts are not required. The drafts should be sent by email to Nancy Melley and should include a draft narrative and budget.

Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight Eastern Time on October 3, 2019.

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 http://www.sam.gov/.

Given that technical or administrative difficulties with Grants.gov may periodically delay the timely submission or receipt of applications, the Commission staff will make provisions for the receipt of such applications past the established deadline. Under these circumstances, applicants with technical or administrative issues related to Grants.gov must contact NHPRC staff as soon as possible, but no later than by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the published application deadline. Applications that fail to meet deadlines for reasons other than those noted will not be considered for funding.

Cost Sharing:

- The total costs of a project are shared between the NHPRC and the applicant organization.
- The Commission provides no more than 50 percent of total project costs in the Public Engagement with Historical Records category. NHPRC grant recipients are not permitted to use grant funds for indirect costs (as indicated in 2 CFR 2600.101).
- 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. Indirect costs must be listed under the applicant's cost sharing contribution.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316023

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

Application FAQs: https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/apply/faqs.html

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

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Nancy Melley, Director for Technology Initiatives
202-357-5452
nancy.melley@nara.gov

CFDA Number:

89.003

Funding or Pin Number:

ENGAGEMENT-201910

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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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