January 14, 2020

Historical Publications and Records Grants-due April 17

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) supports projects that promote access to America's historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.

More information. 

The following information is for Preliminary Proposals for Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives. Please review the full announcement for all requirements for this grant program.

Successful preliminary proposal applicants will learn whether they have been invited to submit a full application under the Major Initiatives category by April 17, 2020.

The Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history.

All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images.

Projects may:

  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records

The NHPRC welcomes collaborative projects, particularly for bringing together related records from multiple institutions. Projects that address significant needs in the field and result in replicable and scalable approaches will be more competitive. We also encourage organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project.

Applicants should also consult Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects program, which has different requirements and award amounts.

For a comprehensive list of Commission limitations on funding, please see: "What we do and do not fund."  Applications that consist entirely of ineligible activities will not be considered.