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"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

Mellon Foundation Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites community-based archives in the United States and its territories to submit applications for its 2021 Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives.

These grants will provide support to archives in one or more of the following areas of need:

Operational costs, including staff, space, and utilities.
Collections care, including the acquisition of new materials, physical and digital storage fees, and access and preservation efforts.
Programming activities, including events, exhibitions, and publications.
Activation and advocacy efforts, including resident community activist/archivist positions, ethical preservation of social media, and increased community use of the archive.

Applications will be due by July 2, 2021 at 9 am ET. They will then be evaluated by a panel that includes Foundation staff, external reviewers, and members of the 2019 cohort. All applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by Friday, September 3, 2021. If selected, additional information and materials will be requested in a final proposal to be reviewed and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

All interested applicants must first complete a registration request by June 25, 2021, at 9 am ET.

For more information please visit: https://mellon.org/programs/public-knowledge/call-for-proposals-community-based-archives/

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