MEAP supports projects to organize, collect, convert and describe archival materials, existing digital assets, or born-digital materials. Materials must fit within the following scope.
ENDANGERMENT: Archival content must be imminently at-risk due to environmental conditions, political uncertainty, inherently unsustainable media, inappropriate storage, and/or communal or social change.
AGE OF MATERIAL: From the early 20th century to the present, preferably with a majority of the material dating from the 1950s or later.
CONTENT: Materials should document history, society, culture, and politics, with an emphasis on social justice, human rights, and under-documented communities.
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS: Materials from regions outside North America and Europe are preferred. We encourage applications from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. Applications from North America and Europe are eligible to apply only if resources are limited for preserving archival material and other avenues for funding have been exhausted.
FORMAT: Materials may be in a variety of formats, including print, audio, video, photographs, ephemera, and born-digital files (including but not limited to blogs, cell phone videos, website pages, 3D images, magnetic tape, and social media content).
Consider alternate funding if your project does not fit within this scope >
Projects must have one single principal applicant who takes responsibility for the planning and execution of the project. The principal applicant will also be responsible for the financial management of the grant. Individual applicants must be associated with an institution and cannot apply for independent funding. If the grant applicant is not affiliated with the owning repository of the materials, there must be a letter of support from the owning repository.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Individual applicants must be associated with an institution and cannot apply for independent funding. Applicants may be:
Any accredited member of teaching or research faculty at a university or similar higher education institution.
- Archivists and librarians with responsibilities for special collections in archives, a national or research library, or a similar institution.
- Affiliated leaders of not-for-profit organizations or community organizations that hold at-risk cultural heritage materials.
ELIGIBLE INSTITUTIONS: Grants must be administered by not-for-profit organizations. Host institutions should be a community organization, university, archive, library, research or cultural institution.
- Applications from state institutions requesting support for the preservation of their own holdings should demonstrate some contribution in kind, such as the provision of staff time, training or workspace.
- Each project must have an administrative contact who has financial and signatory authority (this may be the principal applicant or another individual at the funded institution.