Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives (Preliminary)

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

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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 recordsThe 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 InformationA grant is for one to three years and for 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 publications and other products that result from its support.EligibilityEligible applicants:• Nonprofit organizations or institutions• Colleges, universities, and other academic institutions• State or local government agencies• Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groupsCost SharingThe 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 RequirementsApplicant 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 InformationYou must use to submit a Preliminary 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• Using this announcement, all applicants must submit an Application Package that includes the Application for Federal Domestic Assistance Form SF424, a completed NHPRC Budget, and five-page Project Narrative via by January 18, 201 8. • Preliminary proposals will then undergo peer and staff review.

Based on those reviews, a selection of promising applicants will be invited by April 16, 2018 to participate in the second phase of the process.Phase Two• Invited applicants will then 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.

• In order to ensure eligibility, applicants should first review the rules and regulations governing NHPRC grants under the Administering an NHPRC Grant section.

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:
Eligible applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and institutions of higher learning experienced in training and technical assistance efforts in tribal jurisdictions.

The applicant must show evidence of expertise with tribal justice issues and past experience in providing training and technical assistance to tribes.

Applications from tribal organizations are encouraged.

Private, for-profit organizations must agree to waive any profit or fee.

Joint applications from two or more eligible applicants are welcome; however, one applicant must be clearly designated as the primary applicant (for correspondence, award, and management purposes) and the other(s) designated as co-applicant(s).

Note: BJA is seeking training and technical assistance providers for provision of services to assist Tribal Courts Assistance Program and Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program grantees in meeting their goals and objectives.

These grantees are engaged in multiple-system comprehensive programming, and providers should consider partnering with organizations to ensure that all grantee needs can be met.

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