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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources 2012 Guidelines Now Available

April 17, 2012 | By Adriana Cutler

The 2012 guidelines for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grants are now available. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is July 19, 2012.

This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

All applications to the NEH must be submitted through See the application guidelines for details.

Please note the newest Humanities Collections and Reference Resources project category, Foundations.  Projects funded through these grants will help in the formative stages of initiatives to preserve and create access to humanities collections or to produce reference resources through activities such as preparing for establishing intellectual control of collections, solidifying collaborative frameworks and strategic plans for complex digital reference resources, or producing preliminary versions of online collections or resources.

For more information, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 and preservation[at]neh[dot]gov.