Our Equity in Action Grant program funds digital projects that focus on anti-racist practices and marginalized communities.
We’re very excited to announce the call for applications for the 2023-2024 cycle of METRO’s Equity in Action grant program! The call for applications will opened Monday, April 10th, 2023, and applications will be due by Friday, June 9th, 2023.
Program Mission & Grant Themes
The METRO Equity in Action Grant program aims to support member institutions by providing funding that assists with new and ongoing efforts to preserve our cultural history. We endeavor to fund digital projects that focus on anti-racist practices and marginalized communities. Rooted in community and collaboration, this program encourages meaningful initiatives which cultivate knowledge exchange, and a pipeline for discovery and access.
The METRO Equity in Action Grant program aims to support METRO member institutions by providing financial support to new or developing digital projects. We will prioritize holistic projects that involve a community engagement component and/or decision makers and stakeholders of color. Each project must address at least one of the following topics and themes:
- Physical or digital collections that are social-movement based
- Uncovering histories of racialized communities or histories of individuals who have experienced marginalization
- Approaching digital collections work with an intersectional, anti-racist lens
- Encouraging diversity and different perspectives in the field
We seek to support the labor performed by workers within the New York City and Westchester area.
Selection Process & Eligibility
Award grantees are selected by METRO Program Managers and the Equity in Action Advisory Council. Grantees are chosen by the strength of projects and how they relate to the themes mentioned above.
Project funding is intended to be used for goods and services directly related to the project activities and efforts of member institutions. We prioritize holistic projects that involve a community engagement component and/or decision makers and stakeholders of color.
To be eligible an institution must be a METRO member.
Please take a look at our program information sheet for more information about eligibility and application guidelines.
We are willing to accept projects that are new or those that are in process. We encourage applicants to be creative about their institutional needs. If there are any questions about project proposals, please contact Traci Mark (email@example.com) and Allison Sherrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) with email@example.com copied. Learn more about past grant recipients and their projects here, and see some project examples to spark ideas here.
- Monday, April 10th, 2023: Call for applications
- Wednesday, May 10th, 2023: Information Session (link below)
- Friday, June 9th, 2023: Deadline for submissions
- Week of July 24th, 2023: All grant applicants are notified of their status
- Monday, August 14th, 2023: Program starts
- January 19th, 2024: Progress report and invoice due to METRO
- Late May 2024: (Date TBD): Final online presentation
- Friday, June 7th, 2024: Program ends, final reports and invoices due to METRO
Advisory Council Members
An advisory council will work on the grants awarded in the 2023-2024 cycle to help us review grant guidelines and assisted us with making selections for grants to be funded.
- Sarah Ann Adams - Metadata Specialist III at New York Public Library
- Barrye Brown - Associate Curator of the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center, New York Public Library
- Christine Calvo - Project Archivist at Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
- Sumitra Duncan - Head of the Web Archiving Program at The Frick Collection
- Logan Heiman - Program Associate for the Higher Learning Program at the Mellon Foundation
- Rakisha Kearns-White - Young Adult Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library
- Chris Nicols - Film and Audiovisual Archivist at the New York City Municipal Archives
- Alyssa Willis - Metadata Librarian at Hamilton College
METRO Program Managers
- Traci Mark, Program Manager - Equity, Archives & Media Preservation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Allison Sherrick, Digital Projects and Services Manager (email@example.com)
- Nate Hill, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions or concerns.