The Council for Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has announced the third year of its competitive grant program for digitizing collections of materials that have a high scholarly research value in libraries and other cultural memory institutions.
Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will consider grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 for individual projects and up to $500,000 for collaborative, multi-institution projects.
The following types of organizations are invited to apply:
- Associations or societies, including local historical societies and cultural associations.
- Libraries and archives, including public libraries, college and university libraries, research libraries, and library consortia or parent organizations such as academic institutions that are responsible for the administration of the library. Archives that are not part of an institution of higher education are also eligible, so long as they are non-profit institutions and their services and materials are made publicly available in support of scholarly research.
- Museums, including aquariums, arboretums and botanical gardens, art museums, youth museums, general museums, historic houses and sites, history museums, nature centers, natural history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized museums, and zoological parks.
- Government units and their agencies or instrumentalities not organized under IRS Section 501(c)3, provided that collecting and disseminating scholarly and cultural resources are among the primary functions of the unit and grant funds will be used for charitable purposes within the scope of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program.
Also, any combination of the above institutions may apply to undertake a collaborative, multi-institution project.
The applicant institution(s) must be located in the United States or in an associated entity, e.g., the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or American Samoa. They can also be a collaborative effort between US and Canadian institutions.
You can find details for the grant program at:
On Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, CLIR will host an informational webinar for prospective applicants in Adobe Connect. The webinar room will open 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Participants can log in using this link:
A Q&A session will take place on March 2, 2017.
Initial grant proposals for the first phase of consideration are due by April 3, 2017.
Final proposals are due by September 20, 2017.
(Much of the content for this post comes from the CLIR Hidden Collections web page: www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicants)