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Deadline: July 1, 2019

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Community-based Archives

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Scholarly Communications program has a history of making grants to help diversify the body of primary source evidence available to, for example, activists, artists, researchers in humanities fields, community historians, genealogists, teachers, and students. These grants are designed to support and strengthen a body of archival practice, called community-based archiving.

Through the Community-based Archives opportunity, the Foundation will support community-based archives through funding one or more of the following areas of need:

  • Operational support for the organization, including general support for staff, space, and utilities
  • Collections care, including storage, cataloging, description, and preservation
  • Programming and outreach activities, including collecting new materials, and exhibitions, publications, or other uses of the collections

Community-based Archives funding will be directed towards community-based archives that represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, class, sexuality, religion, ability, and/or geographic location. Community-based archives must demonstrate that community members actively participate in their archival processes, making key decisions about what to collect and how.

Amount: A total of $500,000 is available to make awards. Organizations can request grant funding for up to 50% of their annual budget per annum, for up to two years, with a total proposed budget of no less than $25,000 and no more than $100,000 (e.g., grants can range from $25,000-$100,000).

Note: A total of $1,000,000 will be available to support community-based archives in two annual calls for proposals, one in 2019 (the current opportunity) and a second in 2020.

Eligibility: Organizations must:

  • Be located within the United States or its territories
  • Have 501(c)(3) public charity status, or have an organization with 501(c)(3) public charity status serving as a fiscal sponsor
  • Be able to demonstrate autonomy as well as participation from the community being served and represented
  • Have an annual operating budget of no more than $1,000,000
  • Be able to provide a recent Form 990 and documentation about the organization’s annual operating budget for the previous two years

Link: https://mellon.org/programs/scholarly-communications/call-for-proposals-community-based-archives/

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