National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access and Library of Congress (LC)
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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and institutions of higher education to create a nation-wide searchable database of historical newspapers. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations before applying. Newspapers must be published between 1690 and 1963. Funding is intended to support collaborative projects such as staff training and workshops, creation and delivery of digital files, and consultation on project management.
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible online.
Over a period of two years, successful applicants will select newspapers—published in their state or territory between 1690 and 1963—and convert approximately 100,000 pages into digital files (preferably from microfilm), according to the technical guidelines outlined by the Library of Congress.
NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas.
“A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and that advance civic education and knowledge of our core principles of government.
NEH welcomes consideration of diverse topics in American history, from Native American culture to rural life to the rise of the industrial city, from the Civil War to the Cold War to the Civil Rights movement, etc. Projects that examine foundational documents in U.S. history, as well as projects that examine historical objects, places, traditions, events, and individuals who collectively shaped the states and nation are encouraged. Applications about the contributions of underrepresented communities are highly encouraged. In addition, NEH especially encourages projects that include Native American organizations and communities as lead applicants and project partners.
NEH will provide funding in the form of cooperative agreements. A cooperative agreement is a financial assistance mechanism where substantial programmatic involvement is anticipated between NEH and the recipient during performance of the contemplated project.
GrantWatch ID#: 177357
NEH expects to award cooperative agreements of up to $325,000 each.
The performance period is two years with a start date of September 1, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you have questions about the program, contact:
National Digital Newspaper Program Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
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