Just this week archives.com announced their NEW Grant program for family and cultural history projects. I am very excited about this fantastic opportunity, here is the press release from Archives.com:
Archives.com Announces Grant to Fund Family and Cultural History Projects
Program to Assist Groups and Individuals with Historical Preservation
"PALO ALTO, CA — January 13, 2011 – Archives.com, an Inflection brand, today announces its Grant Program, a major initiative to assist individuals and communities with family, communal, and cultural research and preservation projects. The Archives.com Grant will help people and organizations take on historically significant projects that positively impact their family or community.
“Since inception, Archives.com has sought to create a simple and affordable family history research experience for users,” said CEO Matthew Monahan. “Now we are going one step further by establishing the Archives.com Grant Program so that valuable research projects do not perish due to lack of funding. We aim to level the playing field so that anyone can embark on the preservation projects that matter to them because family history shouldn’t be a hobby solely for the rich and famous.”
Grant recipients may come from all walks of life, and may be individuals or community-based organizations. Specifically, Archives is seeking any project that contributes to the promotion and advancement of family history research and preservation. Examples include projects related to document preservation, artifact restoration, record transcription, and promotion of historical events.
Grant recipients will be chosen monthly and awarded up to $1,000 to fund their project. Archives encourages every person or organization in the U.S. to apply, whether a newbie, hobbyist, expert, or community group, like a historical society, library, or archive.
“Archives is excited to continue investing in the community, as we believe there are few things more important than the exploration and preservation of our history, culture, and heritage,” said Director of Product Joe Godfrey. “Undoubtedly, the Archives.com Grant Program will prove to be an important resource for a diverse group of family historians and organizations.”
Archives.com provides more than 2 million monthly visitors with an array of powerful tools, expert advice, and access to a database of over 1.1 billion records. If you would like to learn more about the Archives.com Grant Program, please visit the application page. All are encouraged to apply and forward this important opportunity to friends, family, or colleagues."
Research and preservation can get expensive, this encouragement from Archives.com is exactly what the genealogy community needs. It doesn't mention if the public will be told who receives the monthly grants, I hope they do! It would be interesting to see what projects people are working on and to see if your own project could possibly be related.
Do you have a project or organization in need of funding? Apply and spread the word!