Call for Proposals | Deadline Extended: Cities in Historical Perspective Grant (Lepage Center)

The deadline for Cities in Historical Perspective grants has been extended to September 25, 2023.


The Lepage Center is funding five grants of up to $5000 this year on the topic of "Cities in Historical Perspective" for 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 include but are not limited to the effects of urbanization on notions of community in a country, or the effects of urbanization on ecology in a 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 not an exhaustive list, just examples about the theme's flexibility. 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 a wide range of submissions from a diverse pool of applicants that are original and imaginative in content and form. Examples include but are not limited to a series of blog posts or podcast conversations, digital and in-person exhibits, an oral history project, an initiative 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. 


Applications are due to the Lepage Center by 11:59 p.m. EST on September 25, 2023. Applications should be emailed as a single attachment (PDF) to and should not exceed 15 pages. We will respond to applicants by the first week of October. 


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) 


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