2021 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Archives
deadline for registration request June 25
sponsored by the Mellon Foundation
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.
This funding opportunity is overseen by the Foundation’s Public Knowledge program.
ABOUT THIS GRANT PROGRAM
For the purposes of this call, community-based archives are defined as collections of materials gathered, collected, and shared primarily by members of a marginalized community to document their collective histories. These archives play an important role in combating what UCLA Assistant Professor of Archival Studies Michelle Caswell calls the “symbolic annihilation” of marginalized communities from mainstream memory institutions, and are essential to the creation of a more inclusive and polyvocal American story.
Over the course of two open calls for proposals in direct support of these archives, the Foundation has awarded almost $3 million to over 30 organizations. This year, the Foundation plans to make $1.5 million in grants for a third and final cohort of archives through this program, with preference given to those organizations planning to activate their archive through community-led advocacy and activation efforts.
ABOUT THE 2021 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The 2021 Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives is now open. Through this program, direct support will be provided to community-based archives that represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or ability. This year, the Foundation plans to prioritize those applications that are based in community advocacy and archive activation efforts.
Applications will be due by Friday, July 2, 2021 at 9:00am 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.
Awards will range from $50,000 to $100,000 for grants of two years in length. Grant periods would begin January 1, 2022 and end on December 31, 2023. The Foundation plans to convene representatives from the awarded archives both in person and online over the course of the grant term to build a cohort of organizations that would help and learn from each other.
All interested applicants must first complete a registration request by June 25, 2021 at 9:00am ET. After Foundation staff have processed the registration request, eligible applicants will gain access to the application form in the Foundation’s Fluxx grantee portal. On the form, applicants will be asked to provide information about their organization and its archival collections, as well as the following documents in support of the project:
A project proposal of 1000-1500 words
Biographical sketches/CVs for the organization’s executive director and the project lead(s)
A recent Form 990 or IRS determination letter
Annual operating budgets for 2019 and 2020
A board list
Visit our applicant resources for further details on how to apply. If you would like to sign up for email alerts, or if you have any questions about this CFP, please contact program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.