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Digital Tour Initiative

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits, Agencies, Libraries, and
Schools for Humanities Walking or Driving Tour Apps

GrantWatch ID#: 182228
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Georgia Humanities (GH) and Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS)

09/30/17 Postmarked

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Grants of up to $2,000 and technical support to Georgia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, libraries, and schools to develop historical and cultural driving and walking tour mobile apps. Selected grantees will promote and develop digital tours with the technical support of the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS)

Open Tour Builder is a software platform that allows tour builders to easily create interactive, attractive tours that guide users from stop to stop using their smartphone's GPS and Open Tour Builder's native Google Maps instructions. At each location, the designer can include images, video, text, and external links to provide historical and cultural context, tying that information to the physical space.

After awards are announced, grantees will begin curating tour content by gathering images (current and/or historical), video (optional), street addresses of tour stops, and by writing explanatory text that links to the New Georgia Encyclopedia where possible.

No prior knowledge of coding, photo editing, or web design is required. However, someone on the team (this may be project personnel or hired technical support) should be at least an intermediate Facebook user, comfortable creating posts, adding links, and loading photos. This person will attend a workshop at the ECDS office on Emory University campus in Atlanta and receive technical support throughout the tour building process.

Requirements:
-Tours must focus on a humanities topic.
-The project should involve at least one humanities scholar.
-The team member responsible for managing the technological side of the tour process must attend the Open Tour Builder workshop hosted by ECDS in March 2018.
-Completed tours must be launched publicly with an event at which people can come together for discussion and exchange. We recommend a lecture or a panel discussion focusing on some aspect of the tour, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to take the tour.
-You must create a rack card promoting the tour that can be displayed at such locations as a chamber of commerce, a city building, local businesses, or local hotels.
-Event(s) should be free and open to the public. In cases in which a nominal fee is charged, applicants must explain how the funds support program goals in the project narrative section of the application.

Eligible Expenses:
-An honorarium for a humanities scholar to develop the tour and/or participate at the launch event
-A stipend for technical support
-Tour publicity, including the creation of a rack card promoting the tour
-Travel to the Open Tour Builder workshop
-Expenses in all other eligible categories

The maximum award applicants may request is $2,000.

Projects may not begin before January 30, 2018.

All applicants must be nonprofit organizations with IRS 501(c)3 status, government entities, schools, or libraries.

Organizations with an open GH grant are ineligible to apply until the required final paperwork has been submitted.

Ineligible Expenses:

-The purchase of permanent equipment such as a computer or computer software
-Operating costs such as staff salaries, although staff time dedicated to the project may count towards cost-share
-Overhead expenses
-Food, entertainment, or alcoholic beverages
-Awards, trophies, or contests

Applicant must show matching support (cash or in-kind donations) equal to or greater than the amount requested.

GH will accept application rough drafts for feedback up to September 22, 2017.

Applications have a postmark deadline of September 30, 2017.

Awards will be announced in late November 2017.

Grantees must attend the Open Tour Builder Workshop in March 2018 (date to be announced) to learn how to use tour software (required).

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

Allison Hutton
ahutton@georgiahumanities.org

Arden Williams
awilliams@georgiahumanities.org

Georgia Humanities
50 Hurt Plaza, S.E., Suite 595
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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