17 June 2016

NHPRC Announces "Public Engagement with Historical Records" Grant Opportunity


NHPRC Announces "Public Engagement with Historical Records" Grant Opportunity

Originally saw the announcement on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Facebook (FB) page.

Our new "Public Engagement with Historical Records" grant opportunity was posted yesterday. We are looking for projects that allow people hands-on experience with historical documents. The Commission expects to make up to three grants of between $50,000 and $150,000. The total amount allocated to this category is up to $275,000. Drafts can be submitted through July 26, 2016, and the final deadline is October 6, 2016.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations among archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational or personal reasons. For example, an applicant can:

Enlist volunteer "citizen archivists" in projects to accelerate access to historical records, especially those online. This may include, but is not limited to, efforts to identify, tag, transcribe, annotate, or otherwise enhance digitized historical records.

Develop educational programs for K-16 students or community members that encourage them to engage with historical records already in repositories or that are collected as part of the project.

Full details of the FY 2017 Grant Announcement can be found here.



What project involving hands-on experience with historical documents might you like to see proposed?








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