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NHPRC Grants



The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.

Congress established the NHPRC grants program to promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage.

Each year, Congress appropriates up to $10 million for grants:

  • in support of the nation's archives
  • for projects to edit and publish historical records of national importance

The NHPRC supports projects to:

  • research and develop means to preserve authentic electronic records
  • assist archives through a network of state partners
  • preserve and make accessible records and archives
  • publish papers documenting America's founding era
  • publish papers documenting other eras and topics important to an understanding of American history
  • improve professional education for archivists and historical documentary editors.

Grant Opportunities

Access To Historical Records

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission is seeking proposals that promote the preservation and use of the nations most valuable archival resources.

Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections

The National Historical Publications And records Commission desires to make historical records of national significance to the united States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the internet.

Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that explore ways to improve digital literacy and encourage citizen engagements with historical records.

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of the historical records.

Grant Review

The Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board encourages as well as evaluates grant proposals to NHPRC. The board requests Kansas institutions to explore with it all possibilities for grant proposals which fall within NHPRC's guidelines and especially welcomes proposals which fall directly under the board's five goals.

The significance of the records to be preserved and the extent to which they are endangered will be important considerations to the board. Moreover, the board seeks proposals within these areas of priority which are cooperative and innovative or which relate to the records of under-documented communities -- groups such as blacks, women, and Native Americans. Materials which document special Kansas themes such as agriculture and rural life also stand a good chance of recommendation.

The board strongly encourages applicants to discuss their proposals with the board and to submit drafts of applications one month in advance of NHPRC deadlines for advice and technical assistance. The board reserves the right to decline to evaluate applications which fail to meet this deadline.