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Public Engagement with Historical Records

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

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

10/04/18 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 to verify or create the required registrations at least six weeks prior to the deadline. Emphasis is placed on projects that result in online tools.

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 among 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.
For a comprehensive list of the Commission's limitations on funding, please see What We Do and Do Not Fund. Applications that consist entirely of ineligible activities will not be considered.

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, 2019.

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:

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.

The Grants.gov registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:
-Dun and Bradstreet: https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
-System for Award Management (SAM): https://www.sam.gov
-Grants.gov: http://www.grants.gov/

In order to apply through Grants.gov, the applicant organization must first have or obtain a valid Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and register (or have an active registration) in the System for Award Management (SAM). Note: If you are registering in SAM.gov for the first time, you must provide an original, signed notarized letter stating that you are the authorized Entity Administrator before your registration will be activated. Read the SAM update and FAQs to learn more about this process change. Organizations must maintain active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal agency. You must therefore review and update the information in your organization’s Entity record at least annually after the initial registration, and more frequently if required by changes in your organization’s information. You can update your organization’s Entity record on the SAM site .

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.

Grants are contingent upon available appropriated funds. In some cases, the Commission will adjust grant amounts depending upon the number of recommended proposals, priorities, and total budget. The Commission may recommend that the Archivist approve the proposal and extend an offer of a grant with applicable terms and conditions, or it may recommend rejection of the proposal.

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

Key Dates:
-Draft Deadline (optional): August 3, 2018
-Final Deadline: October 4, 2018. Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight Eastern Time on October 4, 2018.
-NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2019.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=ENGAGEMENT-201810

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

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-201810

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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