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DHP funds projects that improve access to historical records including but not limited to digitization, conversion of descriptive tools for online access, community archiving, documentation planning, and arrangement & description. All projects must conform to established archival standards, and best practices and standards should be cited in the application and work plan.  All digitization must conform to the NYS Archives Digital Imaging Guidelines, and Documentation Planning projects should conform to the Manual for Documentation Planning for New York State

Most applicants apply for one type, but those who intend to request funding for a project that combines more than one project type must contact DHP staff while planning the application. 

All descriptive work must conform to archival descriptive standards including Encoded Archival Description and Describing Archives: a Content Standard and be made available online, such as through the collecting repository’s online catalog, ArchiveGrid, the Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative (EAD) or New York State Archives Historical Documents Inventory (HDI). Please contact the DHP office with any questions about descriptive standards, or if you wish to receive a sample descriptive record: or (518) 474-6926.

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.