National Historical Publications and Records Grants


To undertake a wide-range of activities related to the preservation, publication, and use of documentary sources relating to the history of the United States.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Archives and Records Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In FY 2016 it is estimated that 72 grants will be approved for a total of $5,000,000. In FY 2016 58 grants were approved totaling $4,852,000.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018 it is estimated that 60 grants will be approved totaling $5,400,000.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 2017 it is estimated that 62 grants will be approved totaling $5,456,000.
National Archives and Administration Act of 1984, Public Law 108-383, Statute 118,2218
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local governments, U.S. territorial agencies, federally and State recognized Indian tribes (see 44 U.S.C. 2504), and educational and other nonprofit institutions (e.g., universities, colleges, libraries, historical societies, museums, university presses, archives, etc.).
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments, U.S. territorial agencies, federally and State recognized Indian tribes, and educational and other nonprofit institutions.
A Data Universal Number System (DUNS) must be obtained. It has been adopted by the Federal Government to help track how Federal grant money is distributed. To obtain this number, call Dun & Bradstreet hotline at 1-866-705-5711. Registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) is required. Visit the SAM website at
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications to the NHPRC must be submitted via Guidelines and application instructions are available online at
Award Procedure
As indicated in each grant opportunity announcement, applications are reviewed by state historical records advisory boards, subject area specialists and other appropriate individuals. Grant awards are recommended by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at biannual meetings. Grants are formally made by the Archivist of the United States to the applicant institution.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. From 6 to 8 months.
Applications may be revised and resubmitted in accordance with established procedures.
Procedures for the renewal of applications are the same as the original application procedure process.
How are proposals selected?
See program guidelines at
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for projects to strengthen the nation's archival infrastructure through collaboration with the States; to provide leadership in preserving and making accessible important documentary sources in electronic form; to improve the knowledge, performance, and professional skills of those who work with historical records; for the preservation, arrangement and description of records of historical interest; and for the publication in book, or electronic editions of papers and documents of national historical significance, especially in completing editions of papers on America's founding era.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The grantee institution maintains records that fully disclose the amount and disposition of granted funds, the total cost of the undertaking, the portion of the cost supplied by other sources, and such other records as will facilitate an effective audit. Documentation must be retained for three years following the submission of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Varies depending on scope of project. Based upon the submitted material
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Benjamin J. Davis
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740 US
Phone: 3018371910
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 16$4,582,000.00; FY 17 est $5,456,000.00; FY 18 est $5,400,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Applicable regulations and guidelines as well as grant opportunity announcements are available at Significant changes in regulations take effect on December 26, 2014 with the implementation of 2 CFR 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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