Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections.

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 • Provide access to born-digital records • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions • 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.

Award Information A grant is for one to three years and between $100,000 and $350,00 0. We expect to make up to five grants in this category for a total of up to $1,000,00 0. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 201 9. The Commission requires that grant recipients acknowledge NHPRC grant assistance in all publicity, publications, and other products that result from its support.

Eligibility Eligible applicants:
• U. S. nonprofit organizations or institutions • U. S. colleges, universities, and other academic institutions • State or local government agencies • 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 project costs in the Access to Historical Records:
Major Initiatives category.

NHPRC grant recipients are not permitted to use grant funds for indirect costs (as indicated in 2 CFR 260 0. 101).

Cost sharing is required.

The applicant'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 applicant'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.

Application Information You must use to submit your Full Proposal.

All information necessary to apply is included in this announcement, the Application Instructions, and the forms on

If you need the information supplied in an alternative format, please call the NHPRC at 202-357-501 0. In order to ensure eligibility, applicants should first review the rules and regulations governing NHPRC grants under the Administering an NHPRC Grant section.

Applying to the Access to Historical Records:
Major Initiatives program is a two-phase process.

Phase One • All applicants must have submitted a Preliminary Proposal by January 18, 201 8. • Only those applicants who have successfully completed Phase One and who have been invited by the Commission to submit a full proposal to the Access to Historical Records:
Major Initiatives program are eligible to participate in the second phase of the process.

Phase Two • If you have been invited, prepare and submit a complete application to the full Major Initiatives grant announcement via by July 11, 201 8. • Applicants may consult with the Director of the Access Program, Alex Lorch (, or with the Director for Technology Initiatives, Nancy Melley (, during both the preliminary and full proposal project phases.

Related Programs

National Historical Publications and Records Grants

National Archives and Records Administration

Agency: National Archives and Records Administration


Estimated Funding: $1,000,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Link to full grant announcement, including additional requirements

Additional Information of Eligibility:
24 CFR 578.15, eligible project applicants for the CoC Program Competition are nonprofit organizations, States, local governments, and instrumentalities of State and local governments, and public housing agencies, as such term is defined in 24 CFR 5.100, without limitation or exclusion.

For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for grants or to be subrecipients of grant funds.

Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

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