NRPF Grants

In pursuing its mandate to preserve recorded sound heritage, the Foundation awards grants to digitally preserve audio collections that are stored on at-risk or obsolete physical media. Since 2016, the Foundation has distributed over a quarter of a million dollars to promote and preserve recorded sound history.

At present, the Foundation does not have an open call for proposals. Please watch our press releases for annnouncements of any pending NRPF grant opportunities.

Grants Awarded (since 2016)

Year Recipient Amount Location Title
2023 WYSO Radio $8,500.00 Yellow Springs, OH Preserving HBCU Radio Archives at Elizabeth City State University
2023 University of California, Santa Barbara $8,500.00 Santa Barbara, CA Digitizing Bernard Herrmann's Recordings with the CBS Symphony
2023 Appalshop $11,350.00 Whitesburg, KY Preserving Unique and Historical Appalachian Recordings
2021 Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park $8,653.00 West Orange, NJ Extracting High-Quality Sound from Sealed Master Molds
2020 University of Alaska Fairbanks $8,050.00 Fairbanks, AK Digitizing Recordings of the Unangax̂ (Alaska Aleut) Peoples
2020 Museum of Russian Culture $3,500.00 San Francisco, CA Preserving Unique Recordings from the Soviet and Tsarist Eras
2020 Iowa State University Foundation $14,999.00 Ames, IA Digitizing Lectures from Iowa State University
2020 American Folk Art Museum $14,830.00 New York, NY Digitization of Rare Interviews with ‘Outsider’ Artists
2019 World Music Productions $15,000.00 Brooklyn, NY Digitizing Recordings of Afropop Worldwide
2019 National Public Radio $10,000.00 Washington, DC Digitizing Voices in the Wind
2019 KUT Radio (University of Texas at Austin) $10,000.00 Austin, TX Digitizing KUT Radio Collections
2019 East Tennesee State University Foundation $10,000.00 Johnson City, TN Digitizing Appalachian Bluegrass Field Recordings
2019 Atlanta Historical Society $5,000.00 Atlanta, GA Digitizing Georgia Oral Histories, 1966–1968
2018 WYSO Radio $15,000.00 Yellow Springs, OH Surveying Radio Recording Archives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
2018 Other Minds $10,000.00 San Francisco, CA Digitizing the Composer to Composer Recordings
2018 New York Public Radio $10,000.00 New York, NY Digitizing WNYC's On the Media
2018 Arhoolie Foundation $15,000.00 El Cerrito, CA Digitizing the Harry Oster Collection of field recordings
2016 University of North Carolina $25,000.00 Chapel Hill, NC Preserving the Field Recordings of Mike Seeger
2016 Radio Preservation Task Force (Library of Congress) $25,000.00 Washington, DC Expanding Awareness of the History of U.S. Public Broadcasting
2016 Indiana University $25,000.00 Bloomington, IN Preserving Orson Welles on the Air