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National Historical Publications and Records Commission: Archives Collaboratives – Planning Grants

Deadline: April 4, 2019

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will make collections from small and under-represented archives more readily available for public discovery and use. The grant program will fund Archives Collaboratives to share best practices, tools, and techniques among partners; assess institutional strengths and opportunities; and develop plans and management structures for long-term sustainability and growth.

Archives Collaboratives must consist of three or more organizations. They may:

  • Be located in the same community, state, or geographic region
  • Be “virtual” or online collaboratives
  • Share affinities among the scope and subject matter of their collections
  • Have similar organizational missions
  • Serve similar types of user communities

Planning Grants – The first phase of the project will be for the grantee to reach out to potential partners and secure commitments to the Archives Collaborative. Together, the partners will develop a mission, workplan, and timeline to carry out a shared project or develop a shared best practice, tool, or technique.

Implementation Grants – Tied to the planning funds will be grants to implement the projects outlined in the Planning Grant. Projects that demonstrate commitment by partners, a workplan, and timeline will be eligible to receive grants, shared by the consortia, to carry out the project. Applications will be due in December 2019.

Amount: An anticipated $125,000 is available to make up to six Planning grants up to $25,000 each.

Note: Successful Archives Collaboratives which have completed the Planning Phase will be eligible to apply for an Implementation Grant of up to $100,000, shared by the consortia. A successful Planning Grant does not automatically result in an Implementation Grant.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations or institutions; 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=310594

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