With funding from the Mississippi Legislature through an appropriation to the Department of Archives and History, the Mississippi Oral History Project has captured the stories of Mississippi since 1999. Oral History Grants support the Mississippi Oral History Project by providing up to $7,500 to organizations seeking to conduct oral history projects that relate to the experiences of Mississippians.
Unless special permission is received, all grantees must agree to work with the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi, which will archive the interviews. Applicants must contact Dr. Kevin Greene, co-director of the Center for Oral History, to discuss projects before submitting an application. Oral history grant applicants are strongly encouraged to develop a plan to use, disseminate, or exhibit the interviews once they are completed.
Organizations seeking an Oral History Grant of less than $2,001 may submit their application at any time. Those seeking an Oral History Grant of $2,001 or greater should submit their application by the May 1st or Sept. 15th deadlines. Proposals must be delivered to the MHC office by 5:00 p.m. on either of these dates.