1. Traveling Archivist Implementation Grant - Introduction

What is the Traveling Archivist Implementation Grant?
The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board (CT SHRAB), in collaboration with Conservation ConneCTion, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $40,000 from the National Historic Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) to provide funding to cultural heritage organizations with archival collections to hire an archivist to implement the recommendations made in a report previously received from the Traveling Archivist Program but for which they lack the necessary financial resources.

Applicant Eligibility
A nonprofit organization that owns, cares for and allows public access to archival collections to the public, including museums, historical societies, historic house museums, libraries, archives, religious and community organizations or other cultural institutions in Connecticut is eligible to apply; those with small budgets are strongly encouraged to apply. To be eligible for this grant, applicant institutions must:
·       have received a site visit from the Traveling Archivist Program (TAP)
·       demonstrate completion or substantial progress on recommendations provided in the report from TAP
·        commit staff time and in-kind resources to ensure its sustainability during and after the project
·       Institutions that have received an assessment or survey or report from a similar program and meet the other requirements above, may be considered
*Applicants who have not had a professional survey or report of the archives are not eligible to apply.
**Please be aware proof of non-profit status may be requested. Organizations may only apply to fund one specific archive project.

Application Deadline and Range of Grant Awards
Applications are due June 3, 2019.  Grant awards range from $500 (1 day) - $2,500 (5 days). While no cash match is required, successful applicants must track their in-kind and cash resources applied to their project.

What We Fund
This grant funds a visit from a Traveling Archivist to provide training, oversight, guidance and demonstration of new or unfamiliar practices for one to five days. Potential grant projects should fall within one of the following categories:  Policies & Procedures; Archival Appraisal & Accessioning; Archival Arrangement & Description; Collection Management; Digital Preservation; Preservation Storage & Housing. 

What We Do Not Fund
Funding is not available for staff salaries, out-of-state transportation, conservation treatments, nor the cost of obtaining a treatment estimate.

Traveling Archivist Selection
Applicants must select their Traveling Archivist from the list provided (Contact List).  You MUST contact the Traveling Archivist you would like to work with before submitting your grant application, review your project with them, and confirm their availability to work with your institution during the grant period.  

Panel Review Process and Award Notification
Applications will be reviewed competitively by a panel of professional archivists and historians.  Award recipients will be announced Summer 2019. 

Still have questions?
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Project Manager Kathy Craughwell-Varda at 203-241-0618
or by email at CSL.ConservationConnection@ct.gov for further assistance.