Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Funding Agency:
National Endowment for the Humanities

This notice solicits applications for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program (HCRR). 

HCRR advances scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities by helping libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country steward important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. The program strengthens efforts to extend the reach of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible. Awards also support the creation of reference resources that facilitate the use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. 

Projects may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or may involve partnerships between organizations. Collaboration between humanities experts and information professionals is essential to broaden the scope of, and audiences for, proposed collections or reference resources. You should design a project that facilitates sharing, exchange, and the interoperability of humanities information and products, as well as ensures their long-term availability. Projects should expand participation in cultural heritage and promote engagement with primary sources. 


  • Optional Draft: June 7, 2022
  • Application: July 19, 2022

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions and be one of the following:  • a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status • an accredited institution of higher education (public or 501(c)(3)) • a unit of state or local government • a federally recognized Native American tribal government 

Eligible applicants may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this notice. Collaborating organizations may be included as participants in multiple proposals. 

Amount Description

You may request up to $50,000 for Foundations awards and up to $350,000 for Implementation awards. In order to enhance access to humanities collections held by smaller institutions, Foundations applicants may request an additional $10,000 (for a total of $60,000) to support inter-institutional planning and pilot activities.  Approximately $7,500,000 is expected to be available to fund 35 recipients. 

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement

External Deadline

July 19, 2022