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Project Categories

DHP supports two types of projects: Documentation and Arrangement & Description.

Documentation projects identify and collect unique, original source materials about the people, groups, events, and/or on the political, economic, and social conditions in New York, to pave the way toward making these materials accessible to all. A Documentation project typically consists of three phases (each phase typically requiring one year) —planning, surveying, and collecting—and usually takes at least two years to complete. Because DHP grant projects must be completed within one year, a multi-phase documentation project would require at least two grant applications.

Arrangement & Description projects allow organizations to gain physical and intellectual control over materials held in historical records repositories. Arrangement is the process of analyzing and then organizing materials with respect to their provenance and original order, to protect their context and to achieve physical control over the materials. Description is the process of recording details about the formal elements of a record or collection of records, such as creator, title, dates, extent, and contents, to facilitate the collection’s identification, management, and understanding. The objective of archival description is the creation of access tools (typically finding aids) to assist users in discovering desired records.

Before applying, please review the DHP Grant Guidelines and Resources in full to learn more about eligible project types, topical priorities, cost-share requirements, and complete application instructions.