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National Archives and Records Administration: Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives Program

Deadline: January 16, 2020

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. NHPRC is especially interested in collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history.

All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:

  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records

The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions. Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. Organizations are also encouraged to actively engage the public in the work of the project.

Amount: Up to five awards ranging from $100,000-$350,000 will be made for a period of one to three years. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2021.

The NHPRC provides no more than 50 percent of total project costs.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations or institutions; U.S. colleges, universities, and other academic institutions; state or local government agencies; and federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=316021

Note: The January 16, 2020 deadline is for preliminary proposals, which are mandatory. Invited full proposals will be due July 9, 2020.

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