METRO Announces 2015 Digitization Grant Program

by Anne Karle-Zenith, Digital Services Manager, METRO

METRO is pleased to announce that applications are now available for our 2015/2016 Digitization Grant Program.


METRO will be distributing a total of approximately $75,000 in digitization grant funds from the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program (RBDB).

Based on the number of competitive applications submitted by METRO members in response to last year's call for proposals, this year's program will continue to provide grant options designed to meet the needs of institutions at various stages of the digitization life cycle. Once again, METRO will offer three different funding options for our members.

We continue to offer funding for collaborative digitization projects, involving one or more METRO members, in amounts of up to $25,000. Individual institutions may apply for solo project grants in amounts up to $12,000. Finally, we also offer digital conversion "microgrants," in amounts up to $5,000, to digitize materials through Internet Archive's scanning services.

Details regarding the three funding opportunities, including information, guidelines and applications are available now on the METRO website:

All applications are due on July 30, 2015, and awards will be announced by October 1st.

Please feel free to contact Anne Karle-Zenith, METRO's Digital Services Manager via email at, or by phone at 212.228.2320 x112 with any questions or to discuss potential projects.


Related METRO Events

For those interested in applying for one of METRO's Digitization Grants, we recommend two upcoming events led by LYRASIS's Tom Clareson: Grant Writing for Digital Projects on Monday, March 23, 2015 and Evaluating Digital Projects on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 

There will also be an optional digitization grant information session (webinar) on Thursday April 16th. The session is free but registration is required. 

Digitization Project grant applicants will be evaluated based on their ability to preserve and sustain digitized collections. Stay tuned for information about an upcoming METRO Digital Curation workshop (webinar) with instructor Nancy McGovern. Details and date for this workshop will be announced soon.