NHPRC’s Publishing Historical Records Grants support projects that promote the preservation and use of documentary heritage essential to understanding American democracy, history, and culture. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

Applicants may apply for funding for up to three years, but should be aware that the Commission normally awards grants on an annual basis; subsequent funding is conditioned on previous years’ project performance. Award amounts ordinarily range from $20,000 to $250,000 annually. Depending on the availability of funding, the Commission expects to make as many as 30 grants in this category, for a total of up to $2,500,000.

Applications for the Colonial and Early National Period (projects whose documents fall primarily before 1820) are due June 6, 2013, with an optional draft deadline of May 1, 2013. Applications for the New Republic through the Modern Era (projects whose documents fall primarily after 1820) are due October 3, 2013, with an optional draft deadline of August 1, 2013. For more information, see the link below: