Humanities Collections and Reference Resource Grants from NEH for 2017

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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  has announced their new deadline for 2017 for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program, which offers grants to extend the life of materials and to make their content widely accessible, with an eye toward implementing measures such as:

  • Digitization
  • Preserving and improving access to born-digital sources
  • Rehousing
  • Conservation treatments

The HCRR program provides two types of grants. The first type, for implementation, offers awards of up to $350,000, with grant periods of up to three years. The second type, called an HCRR Foundations grant, is for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts, and for this type the NEH have now raised their maximum awards up to $50,000.

The HCRR program has received an average of 234 applications per year over the last five years, and has awarded an average of 39 awards per year for a funding ratio of 17%.

The deadline for applications is July 20, 2017, for projects beginning in May 2018.

Submission guidelines for previous years are available now. Updated guidelines for the 2017 proposals will be posted on the NEH website at least two months prior to the July deadline, so watch for those updates from NEH in May.

You can read the program’s overview and find last year’s guidelines here:

Eligible collections may include:

  • Books and manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Archaeological and ethnographic artifacts
  • Art and material culture
  • Digital objects
  • AV collections

Program questions should be directed to NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access at (202) 606-8570 or Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

Does the collection you’re considering need digital imaging or metadata? For help in defining your project’s scope and calculating costs, please contact your Backstage representative. Call us at 1-800-288-1265, or email

(Much of the content for this post comes from the NEH HCRR program web page:

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