SSA-SAA Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant Fund Established
September 21, 2005—The Society of Southwest
Archivists and the Society of American Archivists today announced the formation
of an 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.) Any repository that holds
archival records or special collections and that is located
Katrina- or Rita-affected
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas is eligible to apply for this 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.
YOU ARE ABLE TO ASSIST OUR COLLEAGUES BY DONATING TO THE FUND, PLEASE CLICK
HERE. BOTH SAA AND SSA HAVE CONTRIBUTED $5,000
IN "SEED" MONEY
TO ESTABLISH THE FUND.
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF
ASSISTANCE, CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDS.
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
if an itemized invoice is presented. Recipients will be asked to provide
a financial accounting of expenditures made using the award within 6 months
receiving the funding.
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.
To apply for grant assistance, click
To make a donation to the SSA-SAA
EDA Fund, click here.