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Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University Grant Opportunity

July 12, 2023

The Lepage Center is funding five grants of up to $5000 this year on the topic of “Cities in Historical Perspective.”

The Center will fund up to 5 projects that creatively engage with the broad range of questions, concerns, policies and practices raised by the study of the role of cities in history, and how historical study can further public understanding of the present moment.

This theme could encompass any number of historical topics, connecting subject matter or data points across time and space. Examples might include the effects of urbanization on notions of community in a given country, or the effects of urbanization on ecology in a given region; cities as warzones across the Cold War; the impact of immigration; political culture; caste, class, race, and gender in the history of a city or compared notions in different cities. This is by no means an exhaustive list, merely examples about the flexibility inherent in the theme. What is most important is historical focus and methodology. Each grantee will receive up to $5,000 depending on scope, size and need.

The Lepage Center sponsors an annual public grant program that supports individuals and institutions pursuing historical projects in the public interest. The Center seeks to inspire a wide range of submissions from a diverse pool of applicants that are original and imaginative in content and form. Examples of the types of projects include a series of blog posts, a series of podcast conversations, digital and in-person exhibits, an oral history project, an initiative with a local newspaper to write a series of op-eds, a mapping project, a digital timeline, a crowd-sourced syllabus, an educational workshop, a multimedia resource, a collaboration with local activists, and other creative ideas.

Applications are due to the Lepage Center by 11:59 p.m. EST on September 3, 2023. Applications should be emailed as a single attachment (PDF) to [email protected] and should not exceed 15 pages.

Applications must include:

  • A title
  • A project abstract (250 words)
  • A project description, purpose, and its contribution to history in the public interest (1-2 pages)
  • A plan of execution, including deliverables, partners, and expected outcomes (1-2 pages)
  • A proposed budget (1 page)
  • Resumes of principal participants (the total of resumes not to exceed 10 pages)