The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities will be accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.  These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture.  Awards also support the creation of reference works, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities.

HCRR offers two kinds of awards:

1)      Implementation Grants -- $350,000 maximum, for up to three years. Eligible activities include:

*         arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections;
*         cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture;
*         providing conservation treatment for collections, leading to enhanced access;
*         digitizing collections;
*         preserving and improving access to born-digital sources including the updating of existing digital resources;
*         developing databases, virtual collections, or other electronic resources to codify information on a subject or to provide integrated access to selected humanities materials;
*         creating encyclopedias;
*         preparing linguistic tools, such as historical and etymological dictionaries, corpora, and reference grammars
*         developing tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as atlases and geographic information systems (GIS); and
*         designing digital tools to facilitate use of humanities resources.
2)      HCRR Foundations Grants -- $40,000 maximum, for up to two years. To help in the formative stages of initiatives to preserve and create access to humanities collections or to produce reference resources, Foundations grants will support planning, assessment, and pilot activities that incorporate expertise from a mix of professional domains.  Drawing upon the cooperation of humanities scholars and technical specialists, these projects might encompass efforts to prepare for establishing intellectual control of collections, to develop plans and priorities for digitizing collections, to solidify collaborative frameworks and strategic plans for complex digital repositories and resources, or to produce preliminary versions of online collections or resources.

New guidelines for HCRR<> have now been posted, along with sample proposal narratives, FAQs, and other resources.  The application deadline is July 21, 2015, with projects beginning May 2016. All applications to NEH must be submitted electronically through; see guidelines for details.

We would especially like to point out to the ARSC community the opportunity to conduct an institution-wide media assessment under HCRR Foundations grants.  A hypothetical scenario for such a project can be found in our FAQs: (see pg. 5)

Prospective applicants seeking further information are encouraged to contact the Division at 202-606-8570 or [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.  Program staff will read draft proposals submitted six weeks before the deadline.  Details on the full slate of funding opportunities in Preservation and Access, along with news and features, can be found on the Division's website<>.
The National Endowment for the Humanities is a grant-making agency of the United States (U.S.) federal government that supports projects in the humanities. U.S. nonprofit associations, institutions, and organizations are eligible applicants. NEH's Division of Preservation and Access supports projects that will create, preserve, and make available cultural resources of importance for research, education, and lifelong learning.  To learn more about NEH, please visit

Joshua Sternfeld
Senior Program Officer
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
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