The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives supports projects that promote access to America’s historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.
The following grant application information is for Public Engagement with Historical Records.
Funding Opportunity Number: ENGAGEMENT-201610
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 89.003
Draft Deadline (optional): July 26, 2016
Final Deadline: October 6, 2016
NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2017.
Grant Program Description
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations among archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.
Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational or personal reasons. For example, an applicant can:
Enlist volunteer “citizen archivists” in projects to accelerate access to historical records, especially those online. This may include, but is not limited to, efforts to identify, tag, transcribe, annotate, or otherwise enhance digitized historical records.
Develop educational programs for K-16 students or community members that encourage them to engage with historical records already in repositories or that are collected as part of the project.
Museums and Libraries Step-Up Efforts to Tackle Economic Distress in Poor Communities, Says New Report from IMLS and LISC
Washington, DC— A new national report finds that many museums and libraries are leveraging their prominent local positions to help rebuild troubled neighborhoods, driving economic, educational and social efforts that help raise standards of living.
Museums, Libraries, and Comprehensive Initiatives: A First Look at Emerging Experience, is part of a collaborative research effort by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) examining the ways that museums and libraries are helping fuel successful comprehensive community revitalization efforts and offer best practices for other institutions to follow.
The findings will be used to launch discussions at a series of invitational community meetings this fall and winter in Walterboro, S.C.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minn.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Oakland, Calif.
The report includes examples from nine different museum and library initiatives, including:
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The museum decided to expand into its existing neighborhood, the Mid-North neighborhood, rather than build new facilities downtown. After taking the lead on transportation enhancements and acquiring a brownfield site to create green space, the museum became a leader in a citywide development effort managed by LISC.
- The Detroit Public Library. The Parkman Branch houses one of 10 learning labs in Detroit that connects adults who have limited literacy and math skills to career pathways. The branch participates in the Hope Village Initiative, a neighborhood network of nine institutions serving a 100-block area, by providing skills training programs, and it is part of a community referral program linking individuals to area agencies for assistance with healthcare, parenting, and tax preparation.
- Colleton Museum & Farmers Market (Walterboro, S.C.). The museum expanded into an old remodeled grocery store at the edge of downtown and now administers a farmer’s market there. The new space doubles as a town hall and community center. By partnering with community organizations, the museum provides health education through cooking classes and the statewide Eat Smart, Move More program.
“Our nation’s libraries and museums have vast potential to develop the physical, social, and economic initiatives that are so necessary for comprehensive community revitalization efforts,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “I’m proud that IMLS and LISC have collaborated to identify leading examples of this cross-sectoral work and that IMLS provides the funding to support this vital work.”
“Many libraries and museums have moved beyond their traditional roles and are now key partners helping long-distressed communities build stability and growth,” said Michael Rubinger, LISC president and CEO. “They are advocates, community planners and economic engines—recognizing the needs of residents and responding in ways that help drive lasting change.”
The full report (PDF) is available on the IMLS website and through LISC’s Institute for Comprehensive Community Development(link is external).
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries(link is external) and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook(link is external) and Twitter(link is external).
LISC equips struggling communities with the capital, program strategy, and know-how to become places where people can thrive. It combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources. Since 1980, LISC has invested $14.7 billion to build or rehab 330,000 affordable homes and apartments and develop 53 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more, visit www.lisc.org(link is external).
ALA receives grant to advance library-led community engagement
For Immediate Release
Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports Libraries Transforming Communities initiative
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received a grant of $1.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a two-year project,Â Libraries Transforming Communities.
The Libraries Transforming Communities project addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents; and strengthens ALAâ€™s capacity as a lead library support entity. The two-year project includes in-person training and coaching of librarians and ALA staff and member leaders to support the transformation of library services and the expanding role of libraries as community conveners. ALA will also offer conference-based and distance-learning opportunities. Free digital resources will be accessible through the project websitehttp://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/libraries-transforming-communities.
â€œBuilding on a deep reservoir of trust, public libraries are in an excellent position to lead their communities toward a shared vision and a foundation for growth and innovation,â€ said ALA President Barbara Stripling. â€œWith the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, libraries and librarians will be better able to engage deeply with their constituents and support community aspirations.â€
During the grant period, ALA will work with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to provide training opportunities and learning resources. Libraries interested in the in-person training and coaching will be recruited through an open application process. To receive an alert when the application period forÂ Libraries Transforming CommunitiesÂ opens, interested libraries should sign up for the ALA Public Programs Officeâ€™s PPO Grants electronic discussion list atwww.ala.org/offices/ppo/about/ppolist.
The groundwork for this project was laid during the past year when, through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ALA worked with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and a core group of library leaders to develop a framework for training consistent with ALAâ€™s overall engagement with the transformation and future of libraries.
â€œEach library serves a unique community. Community engagement allows us to better understand our community and the aspirations and challenges faced by community members. The result is better library service, increased innovation, a greater impact on the part of the library and, ultimately, a stronger and more successful community,â€ said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels.
ALA receives IMLS grant to advance library-led community engagement
The Promise of Libraries Transforming CommunitiesÂ
partners with The Harwood Institute for phase one planning
CHICAGOÂ â€” The American Library Association (ALA) announced today thatÂ it received a 2012 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant of $250,837 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).Â ALAÂ will partner with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation on the first phase of a multi-phase initiative,Â The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, which will develop a sustainable national plan to transform the role of libraries in their communities by advancing community engagement and innovation.
â€œThe ideas at the heart of this project are particularly timely for the challenges facing public libraries as they rethink their role in their changing communities,” saidÂ IMLSÂ Director Susan Hildreth. â€œWe are pleased to offerÂ IMLSÂ support of an initiative that leverages the expertise of two partners for a program that is scalable and can ultimately reach many librarians in many communities.â€
Speaking to the significance of the new initiative, Maureen Sullivan,Â ALAÂ president, said â€œThe role and contribution of libraries in ensuring informed and engaged communities is critical to our society and the future of our democracy. This grant will provide librarians with the tools and training they need to lead their communities in finding innovative solutions to the challenges they face. Now is the time for librarians to assume this important leadership role.Â ALAÂ very much appreciates this support fromÂ IMLS.â€
During the grant period,Â ALAÂ and the Harwood Institute will develop librarians as conveners and facilitators for their communities and create a pilot set of resource components designed to build the practice of community engagement in library service throughout the field. The goal of this first project phase is to create core communication materials for dissemination to the field, collaboratively create innovative strategies for community engagement, improve participatingÂ ALAÂ leader and member access to strategies and resources for community engagement and help participants feel better prepared to take on the role of community facilitator. More than 350 librarians will take part in a range of professional development activities planned during the grant period.Â The Promise of Libraries Transforming CommunitiesÂ is one ofÂ ALAÂ President Maureen Sullivan’s key initiatives.
TheÂ ALAÂ Public Programs Office (PPO) will manage the project.Â PPOÂ supports cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful civic engagement library programming initiatives have includedBuilding Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and CompassionÂ andEngage! Teens, Art and Civic Engagement,Â as well asÂ Letâ€™s Talk About ItÂ reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great StoriesÂ CLUB,Â LIVE! @ your library and more.Â The websiteÂ www.ProgrammingLibrarian.org, brings librarians timely and valuable opportunities to support the creation of high-quality outreach programs for their communities. For more information about theÂ ALAÂ Public Programs Office, visitwww.ala.org/publicprograms.
The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to spark fundamental change and authentic hope in American public life. Founded over 20 years ago by nationally renowned speaker and innovator Richard C. Harwood, the institute works with individuals, organizations and communities to turn outward and develop their ability to make more intentional choices and judgments that lead to impact in their communities.Â Â For additional information seeÂ www.theharwoodinstitute.org/.
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Public Libraries Urged to Apply for Grants to participate in: Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion
Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion is a collaboration between the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute. The library programs associated with Building Common Ground are funded by a grant from the Fetzer Institute to the American Library Association.
The goal of the Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion project is to engage the public in contemplation and discussion of the importance of community, civility and compassion in their daily lives. By bringing adult audiences together for programs and events that include reading, viewing, reflection, discussion and civic engagement initiatives, public libraries will enhance the quality of life and learning in their communities.
Thirty $2,500 programming grants will be awarded to public libraries in the United States following a competitive application process. Access the project resources, grant application and guidelines at ppo.ala.org/commonground.
Online applications must be submitted by November 18, 2011.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Knight Foundation Commits
$70 Million to Community Foundations Nationwide
Initiative Aims to Advance â€œInformed, Engaged Communitiesâ€
MIAMI (Jan. 7, 2010) The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today that it intends to invest $70 million over the next seven years to community foundations serving cities and towns where the Knight brothers owned newspapers.
The new Community Foundation Initiative will deepen Knight Foundation’s focus on fostering informed, engaged communities.
â€œInformation is an essential community need and community foundations were established to meet core needs,â€ said Alberto IbargÃ¼en, Knight Foundationâ€™s president and CEO. â€œThey also only exist and thrive because of community engagement and contributions. That makes them ideal partners to help us understand and advance local community engagement, focused on ensuring that these communities have the information they need to manage their affairs in our democracy.â€
A new position will be created at Knight Foundationâ€™s Miami headquarters to direct the initiative.
“Our goal is to better coordinate and focus our initiatives in the Knight communities and use our resources in the most effective way possible,â€ said Trabian Shorters, Knight Foundationâ€™s vice president for communities. â€œThe new director will work together with foundation staff and advisory committees in each Knight community to guide the local foundations on use of the funds.â€
Community foundations make contributions to local groups from funds established by individuals, families, businesses and others to address needs in specific geographic areas. These organizations offer a national funder like Knight the benefit of their grassroots grasp of issues. The grants will help community foundations enlarge their donor-advised funds supporting the work of local non-profits.
From 2000 to 2007, Knight contributed a total of $69 million to create donor-advised funds at 25 community foundations. At $70 million, this new initiative doubles Knightâ€™s current investment in community foundations.
Knight Foundation officials have begun reaching out to community foundations in the 26 Knight communities eligible to participate in the program.
The following are Knight communities: Aberdeen, S.D., Akron, Ohio, Biloxi, Miss., Boulder, Colo., Bradenton, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Columbus, Ga., Detroit, Mich., Duluth, Minn., Fort Wayne, Ind., Gary, Ind., Grand Forks, N.D., Lexington, Ky., Long Beach, Calif., Macon, Ga., Miami, Fla., Milledgeville, Ga., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Palm Beach, Fla., Philadelphia, Pa., San Jose, Calif., St. Paul, Minn., State College, Pa., Tallahassee, Fla., Wichita, Kan.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.
Media Contact: Marc Fest, Knight Foundation, 305-908-2677; firstname.lastname@example.org
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Public Libraries and Access to Justice Training
January 11-12, 2010, Austin, Texas
With the economic downturn more people are turning to their public libraries to access online resources and as hubs of information.
With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the National Center for State Courts, the Center-hosted Self-Represented Litigation Network, in cooperation with the Legal Services Corporation, is presenting a two-day conference that addresses how public libraries can improve access to online legal information at libraries. The conference will be a unique opportunity for participants to meet with public librarians and with legal and court experts to discuss strategies for integrating access to legal information into their programs, including how to locate the best content and tools, how to talk about the content with library patrons, how to work with content partners to make sure that needed content is developed, how to share what they have learned statewide, and how to use successful programs to advocate for the importance of public libraries as gateways to government institutions.
The conference organizers will select between 10 and 15 teams of two to three people from across the country to attend the conference. Preference will generally be given to teams that include a person who plays a statewide library staff educational or organizational role; a local librarian with a strong interest in expanding the use of public libraries for access to justice; and one of the following: a legal aid staff member; a court online information expert; or a member of a self help center currently not using online tools to provide services. Applicant teams are encouraged to put together a group that will be the most effective in their area of service to spread the word in their states. The decision of the selection group will be final.
Download the instructions and application for applicant teams (PDF)
The deadline to apply is Friday, December 11, 2009.
Obama Pledges Support for Social Innovation, Encourages
Public-Private Partnerships (7/02/09)
Foundation Center, Philanthropy News Digest, July 7, 2009
President Barack Obama has pledged that his administration will
do its part to support grassroots organizations that are suc-
cessful in their efforts to improve communities, the Associated
While announcing the launch of the Community Solutions Agenda at
a White House gathering last week, Obama issued a challenge to
government, business, foundations, and average citizens to come
together to identify and invest in promising solutions to the
nation’s toughest problems. The effort, which includes the White
House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation and a
$50 million Innovation Fund, is designed to help scale effective
nonprofit innovations and foster promising new ideas in educa-
tion, health care, energy, the economy, and other areas.
To that end, the Innovation Fund will work to leverage invest-
ments totaling $1 billion over five years in support of high-
impact social sector innovations. Administered by the Corporation
for National and Community Service, the fund will provide grants
to existing grantmaking institutions that in turn support inno-
vative, results-driven nonprofits. Grantmaking institutions and
their nonprofit grantees will be asked to match the fund’s
“Solutions to America’s challenges are being developed every day
at the grassroots,” Obama said during the White House gathering.
“Government shouldn’t be supplanting those efforts. It should be
supporting those efforts.”
“President Announces Community Solutions Agenda.” America Forward
Press Release 6/30/09.
â€œPACE Releases Guide on Deliberative Democracy and Democratic Governanceâ€
April 30, 2009
As the philanthropic community grapples with the question of how to support innovative and effective forms of democratic governance, PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement) has released a guide that provides a detailed description of how local civic engagement has grown and developed over the past decade.
â€œFunding and Fostering Local Democracy: What Philanthropy Should Know about the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic Governanceâ€ is a free, downloadable publication designed to inform the field of philanthropy. The strategies described in the guideâ€”and the stories of how communities have used them to break policy deadlock, reduce tension and galvanize volunteerismâ€”can help funders, public officials and community activists better understand the possibilities, and limitations, of various approaches to working with the public.
â€œAs more and more foundations are making civic engagement a part of their funding priorities, they are also being presented with a whole new set of approaches and tools for engaging citizens at the local level,â€ says Chris Gates, the Executive Director of PACE, â€˜This guide is an attempt to demystify the emerging field of deliberative democracy and help funders make more informed decisions about their support of this growing field.â€
â€œPerhaps the most significantâ€”and overlookedâ€”recent development in the health of local democracy is the shift in citizen expectations, capacities and attitudes toward government,â€ argues Matt Leighninger, the director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the author of this guide. â€œThis guide illustrates how this shift is affecting public officials, foundations and nonprofit organizations, and how it has provoked a new generation of efforts to make local politics and local governance more participatory, deliberative and productive.â€
The guide provides a list of some of the main organizations working in this field, describes some of the most influential models and processes, and provides examples of particularly significant democratic governance efforts. It also outlines some of the cutting-edge questions facing the field and provides a long list of resources to consult.
An electronic version of the guide is attached and we encourage you to share and forward.
PACE is an affinity group of the Council on Foundations, founded in 2005 to bring new philanthropic focus to the issues of civic engagement and democratic renewal.
For more information contact Chris Gates, Executive Director of PACE, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the author of the guide, Matt Leighninger, at email@example.com .