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Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)


    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives supports projects that promote access to America's historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. 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. With the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence approaching, the Commission is especially interested in projects that promote discovery and access to collections that explore the ideals behind our nation's founding and the continuous debate over those ideals to the present day. 

    Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives must be collaborations among multiple institutions that undertake either of these two eligible activities to:

    • digitize and publish online historical records as a virtual” collection around a common theme, organization, or important historical figure(s); or
    • create and test new tools and methods for the archival field to enhance public access, especially for born-digital records 

    Projects that actively engage the public in the work of the project will be more competitive. 

    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. They also encourage organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project.


    History of Funding

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    Additional Information

    For a comprehensive list of NARA limitations on funding, view:


    Lucy Barber

    Lucy Barber
    8601 Adelphi Road
    College Park, MD 20740-6001
    (301) 837-0483

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are U.S. nonprofit organizations or institutions; U.S. colleges, universities, and other academic institutions; State agencies; local government agencies; and Federally-acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups.

    Deadline Details

    Draft Deadline (optional) is February 15, 2023. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal by May 3, 2023. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Total funding for FY23 is $1,000,000. A grant is for one to three years and between $150,000 and $350,000. They expect to make up to five grants in this category for a total of up to $1,000,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2024.

    The Commission requires that grant recipients acknowledge NHPRC grant assistance in all publicity, publications, and other products that result from its support.

    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.

    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.

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