This notice solicits applications for the Cultural and Community Resilience (CCR) program.
Resilience is the ability to prepare for, recover from, and adapt to the impacts of our changing climate and world. The CCR program supports community-based efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic by safeguarding cultural resources and fostering cultural resilience through the identification, documentation, and/or collection of cultural heritage and community experience.
Communities are a complex and dynamic group with shared locality, experiences, practices, and traditions. Humanists and preservationists in libraries, archives, museums, and institutions of higher education play an important role in strengthening communities facing change. As culture-keepers, they sustain memory and identity; as knowledge-brokers, they transfer abilities and perspectives that deepen our understanding of our place in the natural world and inform contemporary ways of working and living.
The CCR program contributes to the continuity of cultural heritage and its availability for future generations by supporting community-based projects that empower people to define, collect, and use cultural and historical resources. In addition, the CCR program recognizes the importance of documenting contemporary experiences with climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and of deepening our understanding of their social, economic, and emotional impact on individuals and communities.
NEH welcomes applications at all stages of project development from planning through implementation, especially those that employ inclusive methodologies, such as participatory archiving, oral history, rapid response collecting, shared stewardship arrangements, and community-centered access. NEH also encourages you to leverage open access online resources and use Creative Commons licenses, when possible and as appropriate.
- Optional Draft: Dec. 1, 2022
- Applications: Jan. 12, 2023; May 16, 2023