National History Day Travel Grant Program

Grant Program Goals

The Department of Arkansas Heritage has set these goals for National History Day (NHD) Travel Grants:

  • Promote education, awareness and enjoyment of primary and secondary sources of history by Arkansas students
  • Promote experiences and familiarity with libraries, archives, museums and historic sites by Arkansas students
  • Increase ability of Arkansas students to participate in the NHD National Contest

Who May Apply

All travel grant requests must be submitted by an Arkansas public school district, charter school, or private school invited to participate in the NHD National Contest representing Arkansas. Requests submitted by parents and/or guardians will not be considered. Funds will be disbursed to the applicant for the benefit of the specified student. The applicant must verify that 100% of the grant awarded will be used to benefit the traveling student.

Match

Matching funds are not required.

Evaluation Criteria

The NHD National Contest Travel Grant Program is funded by the one-eighth cent conservation tax which is a limited source. Not every applicant can be fully funded. The maximum grant award is $600 per student. All, part or none of the applicant’s request may be awarded.

  • The applicant must be an Arkansas public school, charter school, or private school applying on behalf of students invited to participate in the NHD National Contest representing Arkansas.
  • 100% of the grant award must be used to offset expenses related to the cost of the specified student attending NHD National Contest.
  • The application must demonstrate the student’s use of primary and secondary sources of history.
  • The application must demonstrate how the student gained familiarity with libraries, archives, museums or historic sites in preparing the project.
  • The applicant must demonstrate familiarity with the grant guidelines, the goals of NHD Travel Grant program and the mission of the Department of Arkansas Heritage which is to identify Arkansas’s heritage and enhance the quality of life by the discovery, preservation and presentation of the state’s natural, cultural and historic resources.
  • Each applicant shall submit documentation required in these guidelines including a portfolio of student work related to the student’s NHD project. The portfolio will include these items for each student included in the grant proposal:
  • NHD Student Information Sheet (attached)
  • Title Page and Process Paper as required by NHD
  • Annotated bibliography, as required by NHD

NHD National Contest Travel Grants may only be used to offset expenses associated with the specified student attending and participating in the NHD National Contest. Expenses that will be covered include transportation, lodging and meals while attending the NHD National Contest.

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Apply for Funding

Deadline: April 30, 2018

  • Notice of Grant Opportunity will be posted on the Department of Arkansas Heritage website at least 60 days before the submission deadline.
  • Submission deadline will be announced in Notice of Grant Opportunity.
  • Grants will be awarded within 15 days of application submission deadline. Grant awards are subject to verification of actual expenses.
  • Funds will be available after the NHD National contest following the submission of the final travel expenditures and supporting documentation demonstrating actual expenses per student (receipts, etc.). Applicant must submit final travel expenditure documentation within 30 days of the last day of the NHD National Contest or grant award will be rescinded.

Travel Grant applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the goals, evaluation criteria and eligible activities of the grant program by a panel of three or more individuals to be appointed by the Director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The panel will include the State Historian or his/her designee. This panel will make the funding decisions. Grants will be awarded based on available funding.

1) CLICK HERE TO LOG ON
If you have previously created an online account with Department of Arkansas Heritage for a grant through one of the resource divisions (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program/AHPP or Arkansas Arts Council/AAC or Arkansas State Archives/ASA), do NOT create a new one.

If you have never applied for an online account with any Department of Arkansas Heritage program, click on “Create New Account.” To create a new account, answer the questions with the fields marked with an (*).

The following are NOT needed to apply for a Small Museums Grant:
a. EIN/Tax ID #
b. DUNS Number
c. Organization’s Longitude
d .Organization’s Latitude

2) ACCESS CODE
Once you have completed the LOGON process, you will enter the ACCESS CODE: NHD

After you enter the Access Code, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the blue APPLY button.

3) APPLY

 

All applicants will be asked to provide the following information for each student receiving travel grant funds:

  • Completed National History Day Student Information Sheet as required by National History Day – to be prepared by student.

    2018 NHDG Student Information Sheet 2018 NHDG Student Information Sheet (1258 KB)

  • Evidence of selection to attend NHD National Contest
  • Final Travel Expenditures (to be submitted within 30 days after last day of NHD National Contest)
    For each traveling student, provide actual transportation costs. Transportation should be stated in the form of roundtrip miles and not exceed the state government rate per round trip mile for travel by automobile. Airfare/bus fare can be demonstrated by cost to purchase tickets. Provide the “from and to” locations. For each traveling student, provide and itemized list of lodging expenditures which include each item, a unit cost, quantity and a total amount.
  • Completed form W-9 demonstrating tax exempt status.
  • Signed Certificate for Use of Funds

    2018 NHDG Certification for Use of Funds 2018 NHDG Certification for Use of Funds (1244 KB)

  • Signed Supplemental Grant Information

    2018 NHDG Supplemental Grant Information 2018 NHDG Supplemental Grant Information (1240 KB)

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Please contact Grants Manager Debra Fithen with any questions.