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FYI: NEH Division of Preservation and Access: Grants Deadlines

Author: Helen Aguera

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the
Humanities (an independent federal agency of the United States government)
will be accepting applications for Reference Materials Grants and Grants to
Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections on July 25, 2006. Any
U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 tax exempt status is eligible, as
are state and local governmental agencies and tribal governments. Grants
are not awarded to individuals. Prospective applicants seeking further
information are encouraged to contact the division’s staff (at 202-606-8570
or at preservation@neh.gov).

Reference Materials Grants support projects that create reference works and
research tools, including:

databases and electronic archives that codify and integrate humanities
materials, or provide bibliographical control of a subject or field;

print and online encyclopedias about various fields in the humanities or
about a particular area or subject;

historical, etymological, and bilingual dictionaries for undocumented
languages, as well as reference grammars and other linguistic tools
(separate funding is available for endangered language projects in
partnership with the National Science Foundation);

descriptive catalogs that provide detailed information about humanities

tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as
atlases and geographical information systems (GIS); and

digital tools specifically designed to develop or use humanities online
The program guidelines can be consulted at
http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/referencematerials.html .

Grants to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections fund the
following activities: cataloging; arrangement and description;
documentation; preservation microfilming of brittle books and serials; mass
deacidification of items not yet embrittled; conservation treatment;
transfer of materials to more stable media; creating digital surrogates to
enhance intellectual accessibility; creating oral histories; and conducting
archival surveys. The program guidelines are available at
http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pcahc.html .

All institutions applying for an NEH grant must submit their applications
via Grants.gov. Be sure to register with Grants.gov as soon as possible
since the registration process takes a minimum of two weeks to complete. To
help you through the Grants.gov registration process, please use the
checklist located at:

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