Thursday, March 1, 2012

NARA Digitizing Historical Records 2012 CFDA 89.003

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. The Commission seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital versions freely available online.
NHPRC Site Announcement
Applications are due June 7, 2012
Projects must make use of existing holdings of historical repositories and consist of entire collections or series. The materials should already be available to the public at the archives and described so that projects can re-use existing information to serve as metadata for the digitized collection.

To make these projects as widely useful as possible for archives, historical repositories, and researchers, the applications must demonstrate:

  • The national significance of the collections or records series to be digitized;
  • An effective work flow that repurposes existing descriptive material, rather than creating new metadata about the records;
  • Reasonable costs and standards for the project as well as sustainable preservation plans for the resulting digital records;
Well-designed plans that evaluate the use of the digitized materials and the effectiveness of the methods employed in digitizing and displaying the materials.

Projects may not use grant funds to create descriptive metadata; create edited transcriptions of the digitized materials; develop websites where people will have to pay a fee to view the images.

A grant normally is for 1 to 3 years and up to $150,000. The Commission expects to make up to 5 grants in this category, for a total of up to $400,000. The Commission requires that grant recipients acknowledge NHPRC grant assistance in all products that result from its support. Cost sharing is required. It is the financial contribution the applicant pledges to the cost of a project. Cost sharing can include both direct and indirect expenses, in-kind contributions, non-Federal third-party contributions, and any income earned directly by the project. The NHPRC will provide up to 50 percent of the total project costs.

Agency Contact
Applicants are encouraged to contact the NHPRC at 202-357-5010, or Staff may:

•Advise the applicant about the review process;
•Answer questions about what activities are eligible for support;
•Supply samples of successful applications;
•Read and comment on a preliminary draft. Applicants should submit a draft at least 2 months before the deadline.

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: DIGITIZING-201206
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Posted Date: Dec 05, 2011
Creation Date: Dec 05, 2011
Original Closing Date for Applications: Jun 07, 2012
Current Closing Date for Applications: Jun 07, 2012
Archive Date: Jul 07, 2012
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA)
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Award Ceiling: $150,000
Award Floor: $0
CFDA Number(s): 89.003 -- National Historical Publications and Records Grants
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes Posting


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