Common Heritage

The summary for the Common Heritage grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data FederalGrants.com provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Common Heritage: America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country’s heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture.
The Common Heritage program recognizes that members of the public—in partnership with libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations—have much to contribute to the understanding of our cultural mosaic. Together, such institutions and the public can be effective partners in the appreciation and stewardship of our common heritage.
The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner’s permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions’ collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration.
Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community’s heritage. Public programs could include lectures, panels, reading and discussion, special gallery tours, screening and discussion of relevant films, presentations by a historian, special initiatives for families and children, or comments by curators about items brought in by the public, workshops on preserving heritage materials, or other activities that bring humanities perspectives on heritage materials to wide public audiences. These public programs should provide a framework for a deeper understanding of the community members’ shared or divergent heritage. The programs may take place before, during, and/or after the day of the digitization event. Applicants may but need not include in their proposals a topic around which the event and the public programming would be organized. Topics proposed for the public programming may also be proposed for the digitization event.
The applicant institution must plan, promote, and organize the event and ensure that a wide range of historical materials can be digitized and also contextualized through public programming. Since the help of additional institutions and organizations in the community may be needed to accomplish this work, the applicant must take responsibility for enlisting appropriate organizations or institutions, such as local libraries and museums, to contribute to the project, as needed.
NEH especially welcomes applications from small and medium-sized institutions that have not previously received NEH support.

Federal Grant Title: Common Heritage
Federal Agency Name: National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Categories: Humanities
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 20160512-PY
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 319659
CFDA Descriptions: Promotion of the Humanities_Division of Preservation and Access
Current Application Deadline: May 12, 2016
Original Application Deadline: May 12, 2016
Posted Date: Mar 11, 2016
Creation Date: Mar 11, 2016
Archive Date: Mar 15, 2016
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $12,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Private institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
City or township governments
County governments
State governments
Link to Full Grant Announcement
http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/common-heritage
Grant Announcement Contact
Common Heritage National Endowment for the Humanities 400 Seventh Street, SW Washington, DC 20506 202-606-8570 or preservation@neh.gov preservation@neh.gov
preservation@neh.gov

National Endowment for the Humanities 202-606-8401
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