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SHRAB Grants

Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) Grants

A Closer Look

Need more information?  Contact:

State Archivist
Idaho State Historical Society
2205 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID  83712
(208) 514-2328 or e-mail

Documents are essential to preserving Idaho’s history.  Every community contains historical documents in need of preservation.  The Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board can help with projects such as digitizing collections, purchasing archival supplies, or making local records accessible to researchers.


The mission of SHRAB is to serve as an advocate for the creation, preservation, dissemination, and use of information that accurately chronicles the people and institutions of Idaho, both public and private.  One way SHRAB accomplishes this goal is through a grant program to assist in preserving and making accessible significant records relating to Idaho.

How Much Money Can We Get? 

Grants from $2,500 to $5,000 will be awarded to qualifying institutions and organizations for collections management, preservation, and other archival projects.  All grants must be matched on a dollar for dollar basis, either cash or in-kind.

How Long Do We Have to Spend the Money?  Projects must be completed by mid-May of the fiscal year in which the grant was awarded.  A state fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. 

What are SHRAB’s Priorities in Determining What to Fund?

•    Projects that facilitate the identification, inventory, and indexing of historical records.
•    Projects to facilitate the protection, conservation, and preservation of historical records using current professional
      standards, and making them widely available.
•    Projects that expand the range and number of records that are available for public access.
•    Projects that provide leadership in funding initiatives in appraising, preserving, disseminating, and providing access
      to documentary resources, with particular emphasis placed on digitization of records for access on the internet.
•    Projects providing professional skills and practices to those organizations that manage the records and conserve
      the archives relevant to Idaho’s documentary history.
•    Projects that purchase supplies and cover expenses involved in transferring historical records to the Idaho
      State Archives.

What Do You Mean by Matching Funds? 

SHRAB requires at least a dollar for dollar match on all grants.  If you receive a grant
for $1,000, you must match it with $1,000.  Match may be in the form of cash or in-kind.  In-kind match usually means the market
value of contributed labor, services, or supplies. 

Who is Eligible to Apply? 

Idaho non-profit organizations, as well as state, tribal, city, and county governments.  Federal agencies
are not eligible, but may partner with an eligible organization.

Interested?  Contact the State Archivist at (208) 334-2620 or e-mail.