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October 23, 2008

Mini-Grants–Apply NOW!

Filed under: community,Mini-Grant Program — Max @ 5:33 pm
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Okay, researchers, writers, and citizen journalists. The History Commons is offering you money on the barrelhead to write for us.

The deadline is November 15. If you’re going to apply, do it now!

You can go to this page for all the information about the History Commons Mini-Grant program. An application for a grant is available here, as is all the technical and legal stuff that you need to know before signing on. But here’s the basics: we are looking to expand our coverage of events and issues beyond what we are currently presenting. We need you to write it up. Simple!

If you’re interested, either fill out the application or post a comment below. We’ll get back to you fast.

It’s not the easiest task in the world–it requires some commitment of time and effort, and a willingness to learn the ropes. But that’s what the money’s for…. We can help you get into the flow, so don’t let the seeming difficulty of submitting entries (style manual, I’m looking at you) daunt you. It’s not as hard as it seems.

You can receive between $800 and $2500 for your hard work and laudable efforts. The deadline for applying is November 15, which by my count is about three weeks from the day I write this, so get on the ball before the deadline comes or the grant money dries up, whichever comes first.

What to write about? Well, we have a long and extensive list on the Mini-Grant page under the heading “New Topics for Investigation,” so go check it out. The headings for the various groups of suggested topics are, in no particular order: Economic Issues, Executive Branch Power, Civil Liberties, The US-led war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, The US-led war in Iraq, The Energy Industry, The Environment, US Electoral Politics, Health and Well-being, US Foreign Policy, and US Domestic Issues. And if you have a burning desire to write about something else that isn’t listed, put in an application or post a comment below, and we’ll consider it.

Step up and go for it!


  1. Don’t be shy.

    Comment by Max — October 26, 2008 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  2. So far we’ve got at least seven excellent applications, with a wide range of proposed topics to cover, and at least one more coming later this week. (People aren’t shy about suggesting their own projects as opposed to sticking to the suggestions on the minigrants page. Good!) I’d like to have at least this many more applicants, so if you’re considering applying, please do so. It’s not so much a matter of competition–we’ll award as many grants as we can afford to all the applicants who show that their writing and research skills are up to snuff (or can be gotten there)–as it is trying to get as many different topics covered as possible.

    Don’t stop!

    Comment by Max — October 27, 2008 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

  3. Several people have sent in applications and have not yet received replies (from me, anyway). Don’t panic, your app hasn’t been lost. I’ve been mired in work and other non-site duties. You WILL receive replies over the weekend.

    Edit: Done and done!

    Comment by Max — October 31, 2008 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

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