Grants

Mobile and Interactive Technology: The Application

The following advice on how to complete the application will help you shape your project; suggestions correspond to sections of the application form and are additional to the guidance provided on the application form.

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Project Description

Fully describe your project. How and why did you select this project? What is its central theme—that is, the message for visitors/users? Identify and justify the technology used. Summarize the research that has been done and the research that will be done for the project.

Need and Rationale

Explain the historical significance in documenting individuals, events, developments, organizations, and/or places. Describe demand by your users for the materials.

Work Plan and Timetable

  • What planning have you undertaken to prepare for your project? Provide a project timetable describing the work to be accomplished, who will complete the work, and anticipated dates by which it will be completed. 
  • For those rare projects combining both research and implementation, a pause for review between research and implementation allows for careful reflection before creating app. For projects that cover both research and implementation, describe briefly your review process.

Project Personnel

  • Describe the experience of project personnel with this type of project. What additional training will they need? If you request funding for that training, specify when it will occur and how much of the project is contingent upon it.
  • For hired consultants/vendors, describe the selection process or include an RFP listing required qualifications.

Enduring Value

  • Estimate the number of people who may use this product and compare that figure to users of your current programs. 
  • How long will this product be available? 

Sustainability 

What impact on your budget do you expect your project to have? Will you be able to maintain the digital assets after the grant period has ended? If you used grant funds to pay for a software license or a hosting service, how will you maintain that license or contract?

Evaluation 

  • How you will evaluate the public’s use of the materials and the effectiveness of the methods employed in digitizing and displaying them? 
  • How will you collect feedback from users to assess the effectiveness of your project?
  • How will you measure what people learn from the product?
  • How will you apply what you learned from this project to future online access projects?

The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.