Tell SAA and COPP Your CPF Initiatives Today!

April 5, 2022—Does your archives have an infrastructure project or a major initiative that needs federal funding support? Last year, Congress brought back “earmarks” as part of the appropriations process and at least two projects put forth by SAA members were successful in seeing their projects (totaling $1.1 million!) directly funded by Congress. Members of Congress can once again direct spending to specific projects or entities in their states and districts this year. These “Community Project Funding” (CPF) initiatives are intended to benefit nonprofits and state and local governments.

This targeted spending is an excellent opportunity for archives and cultural heritage institutions! The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is an account specifically mentioned in the appropriations rules—if you have a project that falls within NHPRC’s activities, your project could be eligible. Let us know today if you believe your institution has a project that could be a candidate for CPF. Because of the tight deadlines, you must be able to turn around an application in a matter of days and your proposal, if funded, must be able to spend the funds by October 2023. SAA’s Committee on Public Policy will work with a few archives to guide you through the process of crafting a CPF request. We hope to see archives take advantage of the CPF opportunities in the FY 2023 appropriations process. Contact us today at Deadlines are approaching fast for many House members’ CPF requests!