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National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes
to Create a Digital Database of Historic Newspapers

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

01/14/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes for the creation of a nation-wide searchable database of historic newspapers. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take as long as one month to complete. Priority will be given to projects that advance humanities-related work. Successful applicants will select and convert newspapers, published in their state or territory between 1690 and 1963, into digital files, in accordance with specified technical guidelines.

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible online.  An accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats. During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections.

NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas:

“A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and that advance civic education and knowledge of our core principles of government.

NEH welcomes consideration of diverse topics in American history, from Native American culture to rural life to the rise of the industrial city, from the Civil War to the Cold War to the Civil Rights movement, etc. The NEH also seeks projects that examine foundational documents in U.S. history, as well as projects that examine historical objects, places, traditions, events, and individuals who collectively shaped the states and nation. Applications about the contributions of underrepresented communities are highly encouraged. In addition, NEH especially encourages projects that include Native American organizations and communities as lead applicants and project partners. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177357

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

Estimated Number and Type of Awards: Approximately 10 cooperative agreements

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award amount $325,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is two years, with a start date of September 1, 2021.

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.

NEH intends to support projects in all states and U.S. territories.

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

For funding restrictions, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/National%20Digital%20Newspaper%20Program%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity%202021%2020210114-PJ.pdf#page=28.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application available October 23, 2020
- Optional Draft due December 1, 2020
- Application due January 14, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Expected notification date August 31, 2021
-Project start date September 1, 2021

You must apply electronically through Grants.gov.

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

If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations and passwords are current and up to date. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

Prior recipients may apply for subsequent awards to further newspaper digitization efforts. For specifications of proposal objectives for applicants seeking their first through third NDNP awards, and for applicants seeking their fourth through sixth NDNP awards, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/National%20Digital%20Newspaper%20Program%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity%202021%2020210114-PJ.pdf#page=5.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329565

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.

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

For questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
202-606-8494
grantmanagement@neh.gov

For questions about registering or renewing your registration with login.gov or SAM.gov, contact:
Federal Service Desk: FSD.gov
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through Grants.gov, contact:
Grants.gov Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: 606-545-5035
Email: support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

45.149

Funding or Pin Number:

20210114-PJ

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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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