Of the People: Community Collections Grants


The Library of Congress seeks to award grants to support contemporary cultural documentation focusing on the culture and traditions of diverse, often underrepresented communities in the United States today. These projects will result in archival collections preserved at the American Folklife Center and made accessible through the Library of Congress web site. The major goals of this grant program are to enable communities to document their cultural traditions, practices, and experiences from their own perspectives, while enhancing the Librarys holdings with materials featuring creativity and knowledge found at the local level. As such, successful proposals will come from applicants within or closely affiliated with the community they propose to document.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Library of Congress
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
American Folklife Preservation: Congressional declaration of findings and purpose U.S.C. 20 USC § 2101
Library of Congress: Disbursement of gifts, etc., to Library U.S.C. 2 USC 160
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include: individuals who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. Eligibility extends to all 50 U.S. states, protectorates, territories, and the District of Columbia; charitable or similar organizations, for federal tax exempt purposes subject to 26 U.S.C 501 c (3) or similar authority, including institutions of higher education, colleges and universities, as well as professional associations and community groups. For-profit applicants are not eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
To receive an award from the Library, successful applicants will need to be registered in a federal system that supports the payment process. Applicants can either register on SAM.gov, or complete a Vendor Survey Form (VSF) that will be provided during the grant award process. We may not make a Federal award to an applicant that has not completed the SAM.gov registration. If an applicant selected for funding has not completed their SAM.gov registration by the time the program is ready to make an award, the program may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award. The program can use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. There is no cost to register with SAM.gov. There are third-party vendors who will charge a fee in exchange for registering entities with SAM.gov; please be aware you can register and request help for free.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
The resulting award from this NOFO will be administered in accordance with the Library of Congress' Regulation, LCR 7-310, and policies contained in 2 CFR 200.
Deadlines for this award will be included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Successful proposals will come from applicants within or closely affiliated with the community they propose to document. Funding through these grants can be used to cover travel, equipment rental or purchase, and other expenses associated with cultural documentation fieldwork. American Folklife Center folklorists and archivists can assist successful applicants in providing support for specific aspects of cultural documentation activities, such as sharing expertise or training in fieldwork methods, archival practices, and associated digital technologies. Library staff will be available to provide technical advice, and work with successful applicants to facilitate a cohort for sharing knowledge and lessons learned. In consultation with American Folklife Center staff during the award process, awardees have the option to develop public programs connected to their projects in their home communities, as potentially supported by additional funds.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
Not applicable.
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
12 months The total grant award amount will be paid in three installments. The schedule will be included in the grant agreement and successful applicants will be required to submit an SF-270 to request funding.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Miriam Grinberg
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540 USA
Phone: 202-707-0846
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 21 FY 22 FY 23 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Up to $50,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 Community on the Line: The Culture of R&B Urban Line Dancing in the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware Tri-state Area


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