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Subject: NEH grants

NEH grants

From: Barbara Paulson <bpaulson<-a>
Date: Monday, August 25, 2008
NEH's Division of Preservation and Access funds projects that
preserve and create intellectual access to cultural resources of
importance for research, education, and public programming in the

Categories of support include:

    Humanities Collections and Resources

        Applicants may define a significant corpus of cultural
        materials that are important to the humanities and present a
        plan of work for preservation and access compatible with the
        nature and condition of the materials and their eventual

        Projects may encompass collections of books, journals,
        newspapers, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still
        and moving images, sound recordings, art, and material
        culture held by libraries, archives, museums, historical
        organizations, and other repositories.

        Activities eligible for funding include digitizing
        collections, preservation reformatting, conservation
        treatment, deacidification of collections, arranging and
        describing archival and manuscript collections, and
        cataloging of print and non-print humanities source

        Support may also be requested to create databases and
        electronic archives, descriptive catalogs, dictionaries,
        encyclopedias, tools for spatial analysis and
        representation, digital tools designed to develop or use
        humanities resources, and other types of research tools and
        reference works.

        A limited number of awards may be provided for research and
        development projects that address issues of major
        significance to libraries, archives, and museums (such as
        efforts that help establish standards or a consensus of best
        practice for the use of digital technology to preserve or
        enhance access to humanities resources).

    Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

        This category has been designed for small and mid-size
        institutions to enhance their capacity to care for their
        humanities collections.  Grants of up to $6000 are available
        for preservation assessments, consultations with a
        preservation professional to address a specific preservation
        problem or to create a disaster response plan, attendance at
        preservation workshops, and the purchase of basic storage
        supplies or equipment.

    Education and Training

        These grants support national or regional (multi-state)
        education and training programs on the care and management
        of, and the creation of intellectual access to, library,
        archival, and material culture collections.  Educational
        programs may focus on disaster preparedness and response;
        collections care training; graduate programs in preservation
        and conservation; the skills and knowledge required to
        provide or enhance intellectual access to humanities
        collections; and preservation field services that serve a
        multi-state region and provide surveys, consultations,
        workshops, reference services, and informational materials
        to the staff of institutions responsible for the care of
        humanities collections.

    National Digital Newspaper Program

        Based on the accomplishments of the United States Newspaper
        Program (USNP), which supported cataloging and microfilming
        of the newspapers published in this country since 1690, the
        division began in 2005 the National Digital Newspaper
        Program (NDNP). Awards to state projects will fund
        digitization of selected microfilmed titles to provide
        enhanced access to state newspapers through a digital
        repository maintained by the Library of Congress.

    Documenting Endangered Languages (In Collaboration with the
    National Science Foundation)

        Awards are made to conduct fieldwork and other activities
        relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered
        languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars,
        text samples, and databases.

The division's staff encourages potential applicants to discuss
ideas for preservation and access projects and to confirm a
project's eligibility for support well in advance of a deadline. The
staff will read draft proposals (except for Preservation Assistance
Grants) and comment on the extent to which the narrative and budget
contain the information required by evaluators to assess the
project's importance and viability. Draft proposals are encouraged
at least six weeks before a deadline.  Applications are evaluated by
scholars in the humanities, professionals with expert knowledge of
preservation and access methodologies, and administrators of
libraries, archives, and museums.

Guidelines:  Application guidelines, for this and other NEH
divisions, are available at


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