NHPRC Will Offer “Grants Workshop” at Northwest Archivists’ Annual Meeting

Need some additional resources to complete a high-priority project at your repository? Perhaps the money is appealing but you are a little intimidated or confused by the land of federal grants? A full-day Grants Workshop at the Northwest Archivists’ Annual Meeting will introduce attendees to the competitive archival grant programs at the National Archives and Records Administration, which are made through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The primary emphasis of this workshop will be on the Access to Historical Records grant program and the course instructor will be its program director, Alex Lorch. During the workshop’s morning session, the instructor will help participants understand the grant application process, including the components of a good project summary, narrative, budget, and supplemental materials. The instructor also will discuss the review process, teaching the attendees how to “think like a reviewer.”

Three experts, or federal grants “all-stars” from the Northwest Archivists conference, will join the class for the afternoon session. Attendees will learn tips from these experts as well as some information on other federal grants and non-federal monetary support. Attendees also will read and comment on two applications as part of learning about the review process and what makes applications good or not-so-much. For the workshop’s last two hours, the attendees will have the opportunity to start designing their own project to include: defining project scope, devising a budget, developing a work plan, and preparing an application. Attendees should come with a general idea of projects that they might like to undertake that fit with the Access to Historical Records program. The workshop is free to registered conference attendees.

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