Local History Grants - Research Inventory Grant (RIG)

Grants to Massachusetts Museums, Historical Societies,
and Organizations to Catalogue Historic Resources

GrantWatch ID#: 180783
Agency Type:

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Mass Humanities



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Grants of up to $2,000 to Massachusetts museums, historical societies, and other history-related organizations to inventory historical documents and resources. LOIs are due September 18. Eligible requests include, but are not limited to, the cataloging of published records, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, and other materials in the organization’s collections or mission area.

Mass Humanities seeks to enhance the interpretation and presentation of history in Massachusetts. Recognizing the difficulty of planning research projects or public programs that rely on uncatalogued or unexamined collections, Mass Humanities will fund projects that assess and inventory specific collections for their research potential. Projects must either be designed with a research question in mind or approach a specific part of the collection.

The Research Inventory Grant program is designed to help small historical organizations identify primary source research materials in preparation for a more extensive research project or a public program. Institutions that successfully complete an inventory project are encouraged to apply for a Scholar in Residence, Discussion, or Project Grant focused on the same materials or content.

Funds may be used to pay the person who takes the inventory and/or for archival, storage, or preservation materials directly related to the project, as well as other project-related costs.

What May Be Inventoried:

-Primary source materials, such as manuscripts, published records, photographs, artifacts, or other materials in the collection of the applicant organization that relates to one or more specific research questions, as well as resources that bear on the mission and programming of the organization.

Project Deliverables:

-The end product of a Research Inventory Grant project may be a catalog, an inventory, or a finding aid. Each individual collection record must contain a content description, retrievable by topics or key words relating to the guiding research question.
-In general, projects should take place over a period of one to six months.
-Project results must be made widely available to the public: deposited in a public library or archive, published online, or in a readily available brochure.

A Research Inventory Grant (RIG) carries a maximum award of $2,000.

The earliest program start date is Mid-August 2017.

Eligible applicants are Massachusetts museums, historical societies, or other organizations with historical collections and a record of presenting interpretive history programs to the public and an operating budget of under $75,000.

General inventories and inventories prepared for national register or historic district nominations will not be considered.

Mass Humanities accepts applications online. There are two parts to the RIG online application process.

Submit an online Inquiry form (LOI) any time, at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. A Program Officer will respond and work with you.

When Inquiry form (LOI) is approved to apply for funding, you will be notified by email and be given access to the full online application. Submit the full application by the application deadline.

Organizations are asked to demonstrate at least a one-to-one in-kind and/or cash match.

Application Cycles:

April Round:
-LOI Deadline: March 27, 2017
-Application Deadline: April 17, 2017
-Approximate Notification: Within 3 weeks
-Earliest Program Start Date: Mid-May 2017

June Round:
-LOI Deadline: June 14, 2017
-Application Deadline: June 28, 2017
-Approximate Notification: Within 3 weeks
-Earliest Program Start Date: Mid-August 2017

October Round:
-LOI Deadline: September 18, 2017
-Application Deadline: October 2, 2017
-Approximate Notification: Within 3 weeks
-Earliest Program Start Date: Late November 2017

Online Application Instructions:


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

Apply Online:

Abbye Meyer

Rose Sackey-Milligan

Patty Bruttomesso

Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
66 Bridge Street
Northampton, MA 01060

P: (413) 584-8440
F: (413) 584-8454

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