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Modesta Yangmog of Asor Island, Ulithi Atoll interviewing master lavalava weaver Conchita Leyangrow of Lamotrek Atoll in Talguw on Yap Island
Modesta Yangmog interviewing master lavalava weaver Conchita Leyangrow of Lamotrek Atoll in Talguw on Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia. The interview is part of the Habele Outer Island Education Fund community-led cultural documentation project, Warp and Weft of the Remathau: Traditional Weaving on the Ulithi Atoll, as supported by a 2022 American Folklife Center Community Collections Grant. Photo by N. Mellon, 2022.

Applications Open for AFC’s Community Collections Grants!

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The Library of Congress and the American Folklife Center are thrilled to announce the opening of applications for the third round of Community Collections Grants, with a deadline of August 18, 2023 at 2:00PM Eastern Time.

These grants will support individuals or non-profit organizations in producing cultural documentation–photographs, interviews, audio or video recordings about their community from the community’s perspective. Materials gathered through this program will become part of the Library’s permanent collection, while locally-held copies can enhance (or seed) community archives. This exciting program is part of the larger Of the People: Widening the Path initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation that creates dynamic opportunities for more people to engage with the Library. All activity under the initiative will expand the Library’s efforts to ensure that our historical record reflects a diversity of experiences, thus weaving a more inclusive American story.

Formal Notices of Funding Opportunity can be found on for individuals and for organizations. The due date for applications is August 18, 2023 at 2:00PM Eastern Time. Grants will be up to $50,000, and will support projects of up to 12-months in length.

Support for applicants, including application materials, and links to register for informational webinars can be found here on the Community Collection Grants application webpage.

You can read more about the 2022 Community Collection Grant recipients here, and the 2023 grant recipients here, in addition to in-depth posts about recipients and their projects on the Of the People blog.

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