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Close date, number of awards and funding opportunity description were modified.
Modification to Previous
Funding Opportunity Number:
Dec 15, 2010
Mar 29, 2011
Original Closing Date for Applications:
Jun 09, 2011
Current Closing Date for Applications:
Jul 07, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
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Category of Funding Activity:
Humanities (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA)
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National Historical Publications and Records Grants
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
National Archives and Records Administration
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish historical records of national 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 are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, editing, and publishing documentary source materials. A top priority of the Commission is to support editions that have plans to publish their results as a free online resource. Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are just a small portion of the larger project.
All applicants should be aware that the application process is highly competitive and that the Commission seeks to advance those 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. Such projects may plan editions on print, microfilm, or other media. In any case, they must present plans for online publication of their editions, including methods of providing free access. These plans need not include provision for the retrospective conversion of material already published. These proposals must also demonstrate that projects have successfully achieved the performance objectives associated with previous NHPRC grant awards. Proposals must be substantially updated, including a description of the new activities, progress towards preparing online editions, and a justification of the new budget.
Applicants not previously funded may apply for a grant to begin a historical documents publishing project. These applications are considered with other proposals. Although they may publish in other media, the initial focus of these projects must be on the preparation of online editions.
The NHPRC does not fund proposals to purchase historical records; it also does not fund proposals to publish the papers of anyone who has been deceased for fewer than ten years.
For a comprehensive list of Commission's limitations on funding, please see What We Do and Do Not Fund.
Applicants may apply for funding for up to three years. Applicants should be aware that the Commission normally awards grants on an annual basis; subsequent funding is conditioned on previous years' project performance. Award amounts ordinarily range from $20,000 to $250,000 annually. Depending on the availability of funding, the Commission expects to make as many as 30 grants in this category, for a total of up to $4,000,000.
In accordance with Federal regulations, the Commission reserves, for Federal Government purposes, a royalty-free, non-exclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work and authorize others to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work that results from each grant.
The Commission requires that grant recipients acknowledge NHPRC grant assistance in all publications and other products that result from its support.
Cost sharing is required. Cost sharing is the financial contribution the applicant pledges to the cost of a project. Cost sharing can include both direct and indirect expenses, in-kind contributions, non-Federal third-party contributions, and any income earned directly by the project. The Commission ordinarily provides no more than 50 per cent of total project costs for Publishing Historical Records projects.
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