Our Digitization Grant Program helps our member libraries build and maintain digital collections.

We launched our Digitization Grant Program in January 2005 to support projects involving significant collections held by METRO member libraries in New York City and Westchester County. Since that time, we’ve awarded over $900,000 in grants to support 92 digital projects. Our grant program is supported in part by funds from the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program.

2022-2023 Grant Cycle

We’re very excited to announce the next cycle of METRO’s Digitization Grant Program!

Please take a look through the following related sections on this website and our Program Information Sheet for more information about eligibility and requirements. The call for applications begins Monday, August 29th, 2022, and the application deadline is Friday, October 28th, 2022. Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Traci Mark (tmark@metro.org) and Allison Lund (alund@metro.org).

Mission Statement

METRO’s Digitization Project Grant is designed to meet the needs of METRO members working on projects at various stages of the digitization life cycle. Our aim is to create community capacity for digital collections while supporting our member institutions. By doing this, we endeavor to enable sustainable digital spacemaking, cultural heritage resource exchange, access to collections materials from a spectrum of diverse viewpoints, and research support for individuals seeking information and resources related to Metropolitan New York’s history and unique communities.

Program Description 

The primary purpose of this grant program is to support digitization projects for METRO members, in order to enhance the quality and accessibility of library and information resources in the metropolitan New York region. This program will enable METRO members to provide free and open access to materials in their collections that have not yet been digitized or are not currently publicly available. METRO members will also build institutional capacity, resulting in members being better positioned for future larger-scale digitization projects.

Each institution is eligible to receive  funding of up to $10,000 for their project.

The following should be considered when selecting collections to be funded through this project. We seek to provide support for:

  • Useful and accurate content
  • Rare and unique items
  • Materials that have a potential for enduring value in digital form
  • Materials that are beneficial to New York residents and community members

Funding will be limited to materials that will be made publicly available online. Institutions must have the rights needed to provide unrestricted public access to the digitized materials (free of any copyright or other IP/regional restrictions).

The following should be considered when selecting materials within collections. We seek to fund materials that:

  • highlight collections
  • best represent the community
  • are most requested by patrons
  • are difficult to access in physical form
  • are cataloged or collections that are processed
  • will be made publicly available online
  • will be provided with unrestricted public access (free of any copyright or other IP/regional restrictions)

Learn more about past grant recipients and their projects here.

 

Program Schedule

  • Monday, August 29th, 2022: Call for applications
  • Thursday, September 22nd, 2022: Information Session
  • Friday, October 28th, 2022: Applications due
  • Week of December 19th, 2022: All grant applicants are notified of their status
  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2023: Program starts
  • Friday, June 9th, 2023 by 5pm: First reimbursement period: progress report and invoice due to METRO
  • Week of October 23rd 2023 (Dates TDB): Final presentations by each recipient 
  • Friday, October 27th 2023: Program ends: second and final reimbursement packages due to METRO 
 

Advisory Council Members

METRO staff will work with an Advisory Council in the selection of these grants. Our Advisory Council members are: 

  • Barrye Brown, Associate Curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Christine Calvo, Project Archivist at Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • Tara Hart, Managing Archivist at the Whitney Museum
  • Logan Heiman, Higher Learning Program, Mellon Foundation
  • Ana Marie, Archivist at MoMA
  • Jack O’Malley, Metadata Lead at the Frick Art Reference Library
  • Angelo Vigorito, Archivist, General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York 
  • Katie Wolf, Science and Technology Librarian at Fordham University Libraries