CLIR Announces 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

Funding is a big issue when it comes to digital projects. To that end, we're pleased to share the following announcement from the Council on Library and Information Resources. If you have any questions about these grants, kindly contact CLIR at hiddencollections@clir.org.


CLIR is now accepting applications for the 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards. Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2016.

The competition is designed to:

  • encourage approaches to digitization that make possible new kinds of scholarship in the digital research environment;

  • support the digitization of entire collections;

  • promote strategic partnerships;

  • promote best practices for ensuring the long-term availability and discoverability of digital content; and

  • ensure that digitized content is made available to the public as easily and completely as possible.

The application process has two phases. The initial proposal round is open, and anyone interested in applying for a grant through this program must submit an initial proposal by 5 pm Eastern time on April 30, 2015. The final proposal round is by invitation. Only those applicants whose initial proposals have been approved by the program's review panel will be able to submit a final proposal.

CLIR will hold two webinars for prospective applicants:

No registration is required; the webinar can accommodate up to 100 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The meeting room will open at 1:45 pm ET.

Information for applicants is available at http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicants

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For further information, contact CLIR at hiddencollections@clir.org.