DC Oral History Collaborative Grant

DCOHC_LogoCreated in 2016 in response to a growing need to capture unrecorded Washington history, the DC Oral History Collaborative documents and preserves the stories and memories of DC residents as communities experience change and as residents age.

The Collaborative increases awareness of existing oral history recordings and gives residents the training and financial resources they need to conduct new first-rate interviews.

HumanitiesDC specializes in working with grantees who want to create new recorded stories or who want to dig into the archives and tell an old story with a new twist. The Historical Society of Washington, DC also offers free training for volunteers who are interested in recording oral histories.

Applicants are:

  • individuals, churches, civic associations, schools, non-profits or other relevant institution
  • interested in creating an educational product with lasting value
  • interested in telling oral histories that feature Washington residents and workers, not histories of federal agencies or events that are strictly national in nature
  • focused on one or more central humanities disciplines

To Apply

HumanitiesDC is accepting three categories of applications for the Oral History Collaborative. After downloading and reading the Request for Proposal, go to the Grant Application Portal to apply.

For New Projects
This opportunity provides financial and capacity building resources to community organizations and individuals (“partners”) interested in conducting oral history projects. Potential projects may focus on: neighborhoods, social organizations, political history, labor, faith-based groups, cultural trends, historic events, or other themes that lend themselves to oral history as a tool for research and preservation. Download the Request for Proposal for more details.
Max Award – $7,000
Deadline – January 10, 2020
Project Period – March 12, 2020 – September 30, 2020

For Public Project Created Using Existing Oral History Collections
This opportunity provides financial and capacity building resources to community organizations and individuals (“partners”) interested in bringing EXISTING oral history collections out of the archives to produce public humanities projects. Potential projects may focus on: neighborhoods, social organizations, political history, labor, faith-based groups, cultural trends, historic events, or other themes that can draw on one or more collections of oral histories. All projects must be thematically focused on Washington, DC and must benefit the residents of Washington, DC. Download the Request for Proposal for more details.
Max Award – $12,000
Deadline – January 10, 2020
Project Period – March 12, 2020 – September 30, 2020

To Extend Oral History Projects that were Previously Supported by a DCOHC Grant
This opportunity provides financial and capacity building resources to community organizations and individuals (“partners”) interested in continuing work on an oral history project for which they previously received a DCOHC grant. Download the Request for Proposal for more details.
Max Award – $6,000
Deadline – January 10, 2020
Project Period – March 12, 2020 – September 30, 2020

Sample of Past Awardees

Buzzard Point Oral History Project PartnerLogoBar

Mount Pleasant Riot Oral History Project

Whitman-Walker Health Oral History Project

For More Information

Visit the DC Oral History Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages or contact Maggie Lemere, Oral Historian and Community Outreach Consultant, at maggie.lemere@dcoralhistories.org.