Midwest Archives Conference – Grant Writing: An Introduction For Archives and Heritage Agencies

Grant Writing: An Introduction For Archives and Heritage Agencies
Berry Room, Nutter Center; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Midwest Archives Conference in partnership with Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries Presents, Grant Writing: An Introduction For Archives and Heritage Agencies.

The ability to secure external funding from granting agencies can support strategic initiatives for your organization. Writing successful funding applications isn’t a secret art genetically born into a few elite professionals, but a simple and direct process of describing problems, identifying solutions, and requesting funding to achieve measurable goals. This workshop will provide an introduction to the grant writing process. Participants will receive a broad overview of approaches to aligning grant writing to strategic goals; review a variety of external funding sources for archival and history-based initiatives; become familiar with the basic structure of grant applications; understand the mechanics of the application, review, and selection processes at different funding agencies; discuss important “dos and don’ts” for successful applications; outline the critical post-award work of running and closing funded projects; and understand how to solicit feedback on failed applications to make improvements and reapply. Participants will be invited to identify a current problem at their institution which could be resolved through funding from an external agency. Breakout groups and exercises will allow participants to structure a potential funding request around this problem.

Presenter: Erik Nordberg, Director of the Walter Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

This workshop is FREE, but a reservation is required. Space is limited! Register online or by calling (937) 775-2092.

A Presentation of the MAC Speakers Bureau Basic Workshop Series Sponsored by Battelle

Free Parking is Available in Lot 1 near the Berry Room Entrance, see map and directions for more information.

2016 Ohio Archives Grant Program

The Ohio Archives Grants (between $500 and $2,000) are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) through their State Board Programming Grants. Projects eligible for funding in 2016 include:

  • Assessment and Strategic Planning: hiring consultants to identify needs and priorities for improving the organization, description, preservation and access to collections.
  • Access, Arrangement and Description: identifying, organizing, and improving access to historical records.
  • Preservation: purchasing archival file folders, archival boxes, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, hygrothermographs, or HEPA vacuum cleaners.
  • Website Development: Adding collections to online catalog, developing virtual archives, or creating an on-line database. Websites designed to support access to researchers (e.g., online catalogs, finding aids, and digitized collections, rather than curated web exhibits) will receive preference in funding. (See “Museum Materials” in Ineligible Expenses below.)

Proposals must be received by February 29, 2016. Awards will be announced March 25, and projects must be completed by December 31, 2016.

Get the application, budget form and support materials…

2015 OHRAB ReGrant Awardees

The Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) recently announced the recipients of the 2015 OHRAB Regrant funds. Eleven Ohio institutions were awarded partial or full funding to support archival historic preservation projects. Grant dollar awards ranged from $534 to $2000.

OHRAB’s regrant funding program is supported by funds obtained from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Through OHRAB’s regrant application process, funding is provided to institutions and local groups to assist in preservation of archives and historic collections.

Below are the 2015 Regrant Award Recipients:

  • Delaware County Historical Society, Delaware, OH
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Congregational Archives, Cincinnati, OH
  • Huron Historical Society, Huron, OH
  • Kent State University Libraries, Kent, OH
  • Lakeside Heritage Society, Lakeside, OH
  • Marion County Historical Society, Marion, OH
  • Milan-Berlin Library District, Milan, OH
  • Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, OH
  • Rodman Public Library, Alliance, OH
  • Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron, OH
  • County of Summit Records Center, Akron, OH

More information on the projects and the regrants program can be found on our Ohio Archives Grant Program page.

2014 NHPRC Grant Opportunities

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced its grant opportunities for 2014:

  • Access to Historical Records: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that promote the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources. This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.
    • Final Deadline: August 27, 2014
  • 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.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • 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 engagement with historical records.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records of national significance.This program has two deadlines:
    • Final Deadline: August 27, 2014
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014
  • State Government Electronic Records: The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will accession, describe, preserve, and provide access to state government electronic records of enduring value.
    • Final Deadline: December 4, 2014

We have added these dates (along with optional and required draft deadlines) to our Calendar.