2021 Historical Records Grant Program

Historical Records
Monday, March 22, 2021

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB), using funding from National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is offering grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois historical records keepers to develop and/or carry out projects that show commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will lead to enhanced online access. These projects may include creating online finding aids, digitizing records and placing the digital content online, making an inventory of records or properly storing the records with the goal of preparing them for future online access, or placing information about the records on a blog, wiki page or Facebook. Information about this grant program is listed below.


Grant Amounts and Requirements

Minimum grant request: $500

Maximum grant request: $5,000

All grants require a one-to-one ($1 for $1) in-kind and/or cash match


Application Period: January 25, 2021 – March 22, 2021

All grant projects will run for one year beginning July 1, 2021.


Guidelines and Application Form: The grant guidelines which includes the application form is available on-line at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/ISHRAB/grants.html or you may request the guidelines be mailed to you. The application must be printed, filled out, and mailed. It cannot be submitted on-line.


For tips on writing an IHSRAB grant application, please see our Five Tips for Writing a Successful ISHRAB Grant Proposal: https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard169.pdf


The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board is made up of representatives from different archives, museums, universities and libraries from around the state and seeks to facilitate cooperation among historical records depositories and other information agencies within Illinois. The Illinois State Archives serves as the coordinator of the ISHRAB.