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U.S. National Archives and Records Administration: Major Initiatives – Preliminary Proposals

Deadline: January 18, 2018

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) will support projects that significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. 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
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records

Collaborative projects are welcomed, 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: A total of $1,000,000 is available to fund up to five grants, ranging from $100,000-$350,000. The grant duration is for one to three years. No more than 50 percent of total project costs will be awarded. Cost sharing is required and may include both direct and indirect expenses, in-kind contributions, non-federal third-party contributions, and any income earned directly by the project.

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.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/preliminary-proposal/prelim.html

Note: Applying to the Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives program is a two-phase process:

  • Phase one: Applicants must submit a preliminary proposal by January 18, 2018. A selection of promising applicants will be invited by April 16, 2018 to participate in the second phase of the process.
  • Phase two: Invited applicants will submit a complete application to the full Major Initiatives program by July 11, 2018.

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