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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.
Maximum awards are $350,000 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 (including deacidification)
for collections, leading to enhanced access;

*         digitizing collections;

*         preserving and improving access to born-digital sources;

*         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


In response to recent studies noting the deeply hidden, often perilous
condition of audio-visual sources in cultural heritage institutions,
this program encourages applications that address the preservation and
access needs of humanities collections of sound recordings and moving
images. Applicants may request funds to establish intellectual and
physical control of such materials as well as to digitize them.


HCRR Foundations

NEH is introducing a new funding opportunity this year within Humanities
Collections and Reference Resources.  To help in the formative stages of
initiatives to preserve and create access to humanities collections or
to produce reference resources, grants of up to $40,000 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 reference resources, or to produce preliminary versions of
online collections or resources.



The new guidelines, which include sample proposal narratives, can be
found at:
nce-resources.  The application receipt deadline is July 19, 2012, with
projects beginning May 2013. All applications to NEH must be submitted
electronically through; see guidelines for details.


Prospective applicants seeking further information are encouraged to
contact the Division at 202-606-8570 or [log in to unmask]  Program
staff will read draft proposals submitted six weeks before the deadline.


Please note that the Division is also accepting applications for three
other grant categories, with upcoming deadlines: "Preservation
Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions" (May 1), "Research and
Development" (May 16) and "Education & Training" (June 28).  Details on
these programs, as well as on the full slate of funding opportunities in
Preservation and Access, can be found at: 



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 
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20506 
202-606-8570 (fax) 202-606-8639 



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