- The History Channel will award a total of $100,000 in grants of up to $10,000 this year;
- Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 in project funds;
- The application is available at www.saveourhistory.com;
- All applications must be completed and submitted online;
- Hard copies of the application will not be accepted without prior written permission from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors;
- To request permission to submit a hard copy application please send a detailed email to email@example.com;
- Incomplete or late grant applications will not be accepted;
- Applications must be submitted online no later than 8:00 PM EST on June 6, 2008;
- Grant funds will be distributed with 50% being released upon receipt of a signed grant agreement, and the remaining 50% upon receipt of a final financial and narrative report;
- Grants will support projects scheduled to occur between September 9, 2008, and June 30, 2009.
- Eligible applicants are required to be nonprofit 501(c)(3) history organizations such as a museum, historical society, preservation organization, historic site, library, archive, or other history organization;
- Applicant organizations must be located in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia;
- Other eligible applicants include local government agencies such as a parks and recreation commission, historic commission, department of local history, or other local government agency that owns and/or operates a historic site or property;
- Eligible applicants must partner with a local elementary, middle, or high school, or an organization that provides educational programming for children of similar ages. Applicants may partner with multiple schools or educational organizations;
- Eligible applicants must submit the application on behalf of their partner school(s) or educational organization(s) as the school(s) or educational organization(s) are not eligible to be the applicant; and
- Organizations that have received a Save Our History grant in the last three years are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must design a project in partnership with a local school(s) or youth group(s). To view descriptions of Save Our History projects funded in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 please visit http://www.saveourhistory.com.
The Save Our History Grant Review Panel will judge submitted applications based on the following three key criteria:
1. Proposed projects must focus on exploring and preserving a significant aspect of community history. Projects might focus on the history and/or efforts to help preserve a neighborhood, building, cemetery, historic site, historic collections, or an historic event or tradition that is important to the local community. The project could include primary research, physical preservation or clean up efforts, historical documentation, archaeological or architectural studies, oral histories, exhibits, efforts to register or advocate for a site for national, state, or local historic landmark status, etc.
Highly-rated applications will:
- Provide a clear explanation of the subject's historical significance; and
- Demonstrate the connection/relationship between the subject and the local community.
2. Proposed projects must raise awareness among students and community members about the significance of their local heritage and the importance of preserving it.
Highly-rated applications will:
- Explain how the project will make a meaningful and lasting contribution to raising awareness for the exploration and preservation of local heritage; and
- Include creative ideas and techniques for sharing the project with other students, community organizations, community members, government officials, local business leaders, and/or the media. Assistance from partners (i.e. press, funding, project management, etc) is not required, but is encouraged.
3. Proposed projects must include a tangible resource that captures students' effort to learn about and preserve their local history in a unique, creative way.
While applicants can include multiple tangible resources, one resource that creatively captures the project objective is sufficient. Resources can include an exhibit, a notebook, research documentation, a photo or video documentary, a map, pamphlet, walking/driving tour, oral history, historical marker, podcast, etc.
Highly-rated applications will:
- Include a tangible resource that is clearly relevant to the project;
- Demonstrate how students will play an integral role in the research, development, and creation of the tangible resource;
- Indicate efforts to publicize, provide access to, or share the tangible resource with the community at large, especially the media; and
- Explain how the tangible resource could be used to motivate other teachers, students, and/or community members to explore and preserve their local history.
Assistance for Grant Applicants:
Questions about grant guidelines and applications will be accepted via e-mail. Please address your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Completing the Application:
The online application for submitting a 2008-2009 Save Our History grant application is available for download below. Please read the instructions within the application carefully and follow them to ensure your successful submission. If you have technical questions regarding the online application, please send an email to email@example.com.
- January 2008: Save Our History grant applications posted at www.saveourhistory.com.
- June 6, 2008: DEADLINE for completed grant applications. Applications must be received by 8:00 PM EST.
- Sept 9, 2008: Save Our History projects begin.
- May 2009: Save Our History National Honors Event in Washington D.C.
- June 30, 2009: Save Our History projects complete.
When completing your application, to SAVE a partially completed or fully completed application and return to it at a later date, click on the "Save & Finish Later" button at the bottom of any page. You will be prompted to create an account which allows you to access your saved application at anytime.
Follow the onscreen instructions to save your application. When you have successfully created your account an email will be sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org with a web link and password to access your application. Please save your web link and password to access your application in the future. To return to your application, click on the web link sent to you via email and follow the onscreen instructions.
To SUBMIT a fully completed application click on the "Review & Submit" button at the bottom of Page 6. After carefully reviewing your application, click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.
The History Channel has retained Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a non-profit philanthropic services organization, to provide programming, grant administration, and monitoring services for the Save Our History Grant Program. RPA will be working in partnership with The History Channel and The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) to ensure that applicants receive the information they need to submit responsive applications and that the applications are properly and objectively reviewed and considered.
Click here for the Instructions and online Application!