Cultural and Community Resilience

Division of Preservation and Access

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Oral History Collections; Digital Surrogate or Born Digital Collections; Physical Archival Collections; Memoranda of Understanding; Shared Stewardship Agreements; Collection Data Sustainability Plans; Plans for Community Documentation

Period of performance

Up to two years

Application available (anticipated)

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date will be unavailable May 18-21, 2024, due to systems maintenance. NEH has extended the deadline for the Cultural and Community Resilience program to May 28, 2024.

The Cultural and Community Resilience program supports community-based efforts to address the impacts of climate change and COVID-19 by safeguarding cultural resources and fostering cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experiences. The program prioritizes projects from disadvantaged communities in the United States or its jurisdictions.

Projects should fall into one of two categories: community collecting initiatives or oral history programs. All projects must address the impacts of either climate change or the COVID-19 pandemic on one or more communities. The program welcomes both modest projects and larger ones and supports projects at any stage, from preliminary planning to final steps and implementation.

Project activities may take many forms, including but not limited to: 

  • Collaborative planning to identify cultural and historical resources; 
  • Documentation of cultural and historical resources through digital means; 
  • Recording oral histories;
  • Preserving Traditional Knowledge, practices, or technologies, and memories of elders and community, including in languages other than English; or
  • Establishing shared resources and protocols for rapid response collecting. 

NEH welcomes applications at all stages of project development and encourages the use of inclusive methodologies. These might include folkloric, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic modes of inquiry; oral histories; participatory archiving; shared stewardship arrangements; and community-centered access. NEH also encourages leveraging open access online resources and using Creative Commons licenses, when possible and as appropriate.

Please note: the proposal should budget funds for two members of the project team to attend a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C., in May 2026. See Research and Related Budget, section D in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, for more information.

A new pre-recorded webinar with updated information discussing the Cultural and Community Resilience program will be posted to this page by March 21, 2024.

2024 Cultural and Community Resilience Pre-Application Webinar

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Program Statistics

In the 2023 competition, NEH received
26 eligible applications
NEH made
11 awards
This grant has a
42% Funding Ratio