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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to Create a Digital Database of Historic Newspapers

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National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access and Library of Congress (LC)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #177357

Grant Description

Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes for the creation of a nationwide searchable database of historic newspapers. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take as long as one month to complete.

NDNP is a partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress (LC) to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963 from all 56 states and U.S. jurisdictions. LC will permanently maintain this searchable database, which will be freely accessible online (see Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers). An accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats. During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will digitize and contribute a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections to Chronicling America.

If your application is successful, you will select newspapers—published in your state or jurisdiction between 1690 and 1963—and over a period of two years, convert approximately 100,000 pages into digital files (preferably from microfilm), according to the technical guidelines outlined by LC. You may select titles published in any language with a valid ISO 639-2 language code (or ISO 630-3, if appropriate). For newspapers published after 1926, you may only select those in the public domain (i.e., published without copyright or for which the copyright was not registered or renewed by 1963). If you wish to select titles for digitization published after 1926, you must indemnify LC and NEH.

NEH welcomes applications that involve collaboration between prior NDNP recipients and new partners. Such collaborations might involve arranging with experienced recipients to manage the creation and delivery of digital files; offering regular and ongoing consultation on managing aspects of the project; or providing formal training for project staff at an onsite institute or workshop.

NDNP supports dissemination activities that engage the wider public in exploring the digitized content, within appropriate limits. Your budget may include staff time, consultation with outside experts, and other eligible expenses related to disseminating NEH-funded products, but the primary purpose of this program is to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers. If you propose digitizing titles in languages other than English, you must include staff with the relevant language expertise to review the quality of the converted content and related metadata.

For details about recipient and NEH responsibilities under this contract, see:

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  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, you must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following organization types:

• A nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
• An accredited institution of higher education (public or nonprofit)
• A state or local government or one of their agencies
• A federally recognized Native American Tribal government

If you are an eligible applicant, you may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. If NEH selects your proposal for funding, you will be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.

To be eligible, you must not function solely as a fiscal agent for another entity and must make substantive contributions to the success of the project.

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

Other eligibility information:

Funding restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available September 14, 2022
- Optional draft due December 1, 2022
- Deadline January 12, 2023
- Expected notification date August 31, 2023
- Project start date September 1, 2023

Program officers will review draft application materials submitted by December 3, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Program officers will not review late drafts. This optional review is not part of the formal selection process and has no bearing on the final funding decision. However, previous applicants have found it useful to strengthen their applications.

The deadline for applications under this notice is January 12, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must be complete, within the specified page limits, and validated by under the correct funding opportunity prior to the deadline to be considered under this notice.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to one month to complete.

You must apply using Workspace or a system-to-system solution.

NEH recommends you submit your application 48 hours prior to the deadline so that you have time to correct any technical errors eGMS has notified you of or that you have discovered. It is your responsibility to correct any errors prior to the deadline.

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number and Type of Awards: Approximately 10 cooperative agreements

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award amount $325,000

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is two years, with a start date of September 1, 2023.

Contact Information:

If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay at 800-877-8399.

If you have questions about registering or renewing your registration with or, contact the Federal Service Desk, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at:
Federal Service Desk
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through, contact Applicant Support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays. at: Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: 606-545-5035

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