Publishing Historical Records
Grant: Publishing Historical Records
Agency: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Division: National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Deadline: June 6, 2013 for projects that fall within the "Colonial and Early National Period" funding category, and October 3, 2013 for projects that cover "New Republic through the Modern Era."
Description: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is accepting proposals to publish historical records of significance. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.
Grants may be awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, editing and publishing documentary source materials. A top priority of the Commission is to support projects with plans to provide free online access to the editions they are preparing.
A publishing project that has received NHPRC support can apply for a grant for a new or subsequent stage of that project. These projects can plan editions on print, microfilm or other media, and must present plans for online publications providing free access.
Projects must fall within two different periods of history. You can access the program notice for additional guidelines and deadline information on both these funding categories. They include:
- Colonial and Early National Period covers projects that work with historical documents dating back to before 1820. Deadline: June 6, 2013.
- New Republic through the Modern Era covers projects that work with historical documents that date back to 1820 or newer. Deadline: October 3, 2013.
Fit for Public Broadcasting: While public broadcasting stations are eligible to apply for this program directly, stations are encouraged to seek out partnerships with other eligible organizations. Stations have the ability help provide online publishing and distribution to a broader audience, as well as the ability to build websites and web content to enhance historical programming. Stations will find a natural fit in their ability to publish records online, with accompanied programming, all with free and open access; a critical component of this program.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations; colleges, universities and other academic institutions; state or local government agencies; and federal acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups.
Anticipated Funding: The NHPRC expects to make as many as 30 grants in this program for a total of up to $2,500,000. Award amounts typically range from $20,000 to $250,000, with a project period of up to three years. Cost sharing is required. NHPRC ordinarily provides no more than 50 percent of total project costs.
How to Apply: Applications must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov. Online submission requires registration, a process that usually takes three to five business days but can take as long as four weeks. Be sure to visit Grants.gov and begin registering well in advance of the grant deadline.