National Endowment for the Humanities: Cultural and Community Resilience
The Cultural and Community Resilience (CCR) program supports community-based efforts to mitigate climate change and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, safeguard cultural resources, and foster cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experience. The CCR program contributes to the continuity of cultural heritage and its availability for future generations by supporting community-based projects that empower people to define, collect, and use cultural and historical resources. In addition, the CCR program recognizes the importance of documenting contemporary experiences with climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and of deepening our understanding of their social, economic, and emotional impact on individuals and communities.
CCR welcomes applications at all stages of project development from planning through implementation, especially those that employ inclusive methodologies, such as participatory archiving, oral history, rapid response collecting, shared stewardship arrangements, and community-centered access. NEH also encourages you to leverage open access online resources and use Creative Commons licenses, when possible and as appropriate.
The CCR program supports activities such as:
• Identifying and capturing cultural and historical resources, including through digital means, in communities potentially endangered by climate events, such as wildfires, drought, hurricanes, or rising sea levels.
• Safeguarding cultural resources to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Collecting oral histories from individuals impacted by extreme weather events or the COVID-19 pandemic, including survivors and first responders.
• Documenting traditional knowledge, memories of elders, practices, or technologies.
• Engaging in collaborative planning efforts to prepare communities for rapid response collecting.
• Applying insights from cultural heritage identification and documentation projects to inform local and regional community resilience strategies.
Amount: A total of $1,500,000 will be available per deadline to award up to 15 grants ranging up to $150,000 each. The period of performance is up to two years.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher education; state and local governments and their agencies; and federally recognized Native American Tribal governments.
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