Monday, April 29, 2013

259. Records Digitization Money Available

    The Indiana Commission on Public Records sent out the following press release last year and time is running out. It's unclear how much money is actually available or how many grants may be awarded, but, if your local society has a project in the works, you might look into one of these. There are several forms to fill out (it is state government!) but you may be pleasantly surprised. Go to the SHRAB site to see the forms and procedure.

             INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2012) - The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) announces the availability of two grant opportunities, archival assessment and digitization grants. The archival assessment grant allows for institutions to hire a consultant to analyze the conditions of historical records and report recommendations. Digitization grants are available as a means for entities to digitize specific types of records that may currently be at risk. The digitization of these documents will allow citizens and interested parties greater access to these records through preservation and online availability.
            The SHRAB is providing grant funds of up to $5,000, requiring a local match in cash or in
kind of an equal amount of the total project cost. These grants will be available to notforprofit organizations and units of local government in the State of Indiana. Priority will be given to institutions whose records are currently at risk. The grant funds are provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives.
            “The State Archives and Indiana SHRAB are pleased to provide this opportunity to preserve and make accessible the historic records of Indiana, primarily those at risk of being lost forever,” said Jim Corridan, State Coordinator of the Indiana SHRAB. “This grant could make the difference in successfully completing future research or family history.”
            Applications must be received by email or postmarked no later than Friday, May 31, 2013 and may be found online via Grantees will be announced July 3, 2013.

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