Access to Historical Records


The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of historical records collections to broaden understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records. The Commission looks to fund projects that undertake one or more of the following activities: â₏¢ Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats â₏¢ Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio or moving image formats After completing arrangement and description activities, applicants may also propose to digitize materials to provide online access to collections. For a comprehensive list of Commission limitations on funding, please see â₏œWhat we do and do not fundâ₏ ( Applications that consist entirely of ineligible activities will not be considered. Award Information A grant is for one to two years and for up to $200,000. The Commission expects to make up to 14 grants in this category for a total of up to $1,000,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2017. The Commission requires that grant recipients acknowledge NHPRC grant assistance in all publicity, publications, and other products that result from its support. Eligibility Information Eligible applicants: â₏¢ Nonprofit organizations or institutions â₏¢ Colleges, universities, and other academic institutions â₏¢ State or local government agencies â₏¢ Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups Cost Sharing - The total costs of a project are shared between the NHPRC and the applicant organization. The Commission provides no more than 50 per cent of total direct project costs in the Access to Historical Records category. NHPRC grant recipients are not permitted to use grant funds for indirect costs (as indicated in 2 CFR 2600.101). Cost sharing is required. The applicantâ₏™s financial contribution may include both direct and indirect expenses, in-kind contributions, non-Federal third-party contributions, and any income earned directly by the project. Indirect costs must be listed under the applicantâ₏™s cost sharing contribution. Other Requirements - Applicant organizations must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application, maintain SAM registration throughout the application and award process, and include a valid DUNS number in their application. Details on SAM registration and requesting a DUNS number can be found at the System for Award Management website at Please refer to the User Guides section and the Grants Registrations PDF. A complete application includes the Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), Assurances -- Non-Construction Programs (Standard Form 424B), a Project Narrative, Summary, Supplementary Materials, and Budget. Applications lacking these items will not be considered. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: National Archives and Records Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Number of Awards Available
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Jeff de la Concepcion
Grant Program Specialist
Phone 202-357-5022
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards up to $200,000.00


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