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Preservation and Access Grant

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Public Institutions
to Improve Access to Cultural Resources

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities (HCH)

Deadline Date:

10/26/18 Midnight


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Grants of up to $7,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations and public institutions for the preservation of cultural and historical resources. Applicants must contact program staff prior to beginning the application process. LOIs are due at least two weeks prior to the deadline. This program seeks to make cultural resources readily accessible to local communities, scholars, and the general public.

The Preservation & Access Grant application process is competitive.

Preservation & Access Grants projects may include, but not limited to:
-Historical documents;
-Historical photographs, films and videos;
-Conducting of oral histories and ethnology interviews;
-Transcription of oral histories, and ethnologies;
-Translation of primary sources;
-Basic records and documents; and
-Materials important to community histories.

Since 1993 numerous libraries, museums, historical societies, cultural and learning centers, archives and community groups have used Preservation & Access Grants to make humanities resources available for researchers and the general public.

With Preservation & Access Grants, providing access to the preserved materials is important to note in order to make these cultural resources readily accessible to the general public for research purposes via a library, archives, and online access. Applicants will need to show how the public can access the materials preserved, such as by a creation of a printed index or finding aid, or online access to a searchable database of the materials preserved in the project

Preservation & Access Grant Requirements:
-The project is done within a clear humanities context and content.
-A humanities scholar/expert in the field/archivist/librarian with knowledge of the subject and materials being preserved will need to be part of the project.
-At the end of the applicant’s project, resources preserved under this grant will need to be made accessible to the public via a library, archives, a center or a searchable online platform, and through finding aids, or indexes.
-A free public program to explain the project and to promote public access.
-A concerted effort to publicize the resources made available through the grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179391

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $7,000

Term of Contract:

Duration of grant project may not exceed one year from the start date to the end date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Nonprofit organizations serving the general public of Hawai‘i
-Public institutions serving the general public of Hawai‘i

Sponsoring organization must have a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S) number.

Ineligible Applicants:

HCH does NOT award Preservation & Access Grants for:
-Projects that do not incorporate a clear humanities context and content;
-Creative or performing arts projects;
-Political advocacy, or lobbying;
-Social, psychological, legal or health services, training or counseling programs;
-Reception, food, leis, and entertainment;
-Administrative overhead;
-Building construction and operating costs;
-Purchase of property and buildings;
-Fundraising projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Before applying for a grant, you need to contact HCH director of grants and special projects, Stacy Hoshino. Please be ready to describe your project, including how it connects to the humanities and how it will reach Hawai‘i’s people.

All University of Hawai‘i System applicants need to contact Stacy Hoshino to set up a grant application account.

There are two parts to the HCH grant application process. First, applicants are required to submit online a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Once the HCH approves the LOI, applicants are then required to submit a full application online by midnight on the appropriate deadline.

Letter of Inquiries are due two weeks before the application deadline.

Allow up to 48 hours for your Letter of Inquiry to be reviewed, and for a response regarding the status of it.

-February 16, 2018
-October 26, 2018

Grant Application Process:

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Contact Information:

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

Begin the online application process:

Stacy Hoshino, HCH Director of Grants and Special Projects
(808) 469-4551

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities
3599 Wai‘alae Avenue, Room 25
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816

P: 808.732.5402
F: 808.732.5432

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii