SSA-SAA Emergency Disaster
Assistance Grant Fund
September 21, 2005—The
Society of Southwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists
today announced the creation of the SSA-SAA Emergency Disaster Assistance
Grant Fund—a fund established to address the stabilization and
recovery needs of archival repositories that have been directly affected
by Hurricane Katrina. (As of October 19, 2005, the fund has been expanded
to include repositories affected by Hurricane Rita.) Both SAA and SSA
have contributed $5,000 in “seed” money
to establish the fund.
Any repository that holds archival records or special
collections and that is located in Hurricane Katrina- or Rita-affected
areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas is eligible
for a grant. The repository need not be a member of SSA or SAA. Grant
monies may be used for the direct recovery of damaged or at-risk archival
materials; such services as freeze drying, storage, transportation
of materials, and rental facilities; supplies, including acid-free
boxes and folders, storage cartons, cleaning materials, plastic milk
crates, and protective gear; and to defray the costs for volunteers
or other laborers who assist with the recovery.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE, SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION
ABOUT APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDS.
How much funding is available? Initially
grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded. Additional requests may be
considered if funds remain available. Approved grant payments may be
made directly to a service provider, upon the grantee's request, if
an itemized invoice is presented. Recipients will be asked to provide
a financial accounting of expenditures made using the award within
6 months of receiving the funding.
How do I apply? Download
and complete the application document and send as an email attachment
Or, if you prefer, you may submit a letter containing the same information.
Ideally, the letter should come from the head of your organization,
but it may come from a primary contact. Please include contact information
for both the head of the organization and the primary contact if
these are different individuals.
Send your application/letter, via either
email attachment or postal service, to:
SSA President Brenda Gunn
Assistant Director for Research and Collections
Center for American History
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station, D1100
Austin, TX 78712
How will recipients be selected? A
review panel comprising four SSA former presidents and the immediate
past treasurer, along with one member of the SAA Council, will review
applications and select the grant recipients. The committee will score
proposals based on the application criteria. The Society of American
Archivists is responsible for financial administration of the fund.
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