Miller Center

Funding Opportunities for Digital Development

We realize that sometimes the biggest barrier to digital development is simply funding. Below is a list of some organizations that supply funding for this type of project. This information was gathered in Fall 2015—note that you'll want to confirm the particulars with the organization before applying since priorities can shift over time.

American Alliance of Museums, Federal Grant Opportunities calendar
http://www.aam-us.org/about-us/grants-awards-and-competitions/grants-calendar

CLIR Hidden Collections: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program
http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections

IMLS Connecting to Collections: Museums for America
“Program to support museums in three project categories: Learning Experiences (developing educational opportunities), Community Anchors (providing expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, and other resources to create a better life within the surrounding community), and Collections Stewardship.”
http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=11

IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Museum
These grants work to address challenges in libraries and museums and to develop creative solutions.
Libraries: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=14
Museums: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=22

Library of Congress, Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
This booklet lists 2,270 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 505 grantmakers, from 2005 through 2010.
http://www.loc.gov/preservation/about/foundtn-grants.pdf

Museum Assessment Program
The program helps museums meet standards, strengthen operations, and plan for the future.
http://www.aam-us.org/resources/assessment-programs/MAP

National Trust Preservation Funds
These funds support preservation in a variety of ways, such as reimagining historic sites and protecting historic sites on public lands.
http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/preservation-funds-guidelines-eligibility.html#.VW9JW2RVhBd

NEH Match Your Project to a Grant Program
http://www.neh.gov/grants/match-your-project

NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
This planning grant helps organizations with the long-term preservation of their physical collections and deals with issues such as humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in spaces for collections and storage.
http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/sustaining-cultural-heritage-collections

NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
This program has both planning and implementation grants focused on extending the life of collections and making them more accessible. Funded activities include cataloging, digitizing, and preserving collections.
http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/humanities-collections-and-reference-resources

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
These grants help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.
http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions

NHPRC Access to Historical Records
“The Commission looks to fund projects that undertake one or more of the following activities:
Preservation, arrangement, and online description of historical records in all formats.
Digital preservation of electronic records and unstable audio or moving image formats.
After completing arrangement and description activities, applicants may also propose to digitize materials to provide online access to collections.”
http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/access.html

NHPRC Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections
“Grants are awarded for digitizing documentary source materials. Applicants may digitize a single collection or set of collections for online dissemination. Such online publications should provide basic access to collections. Collaborations among repositories are encouraged.”
http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digital.html

NHPRC also has interesting information in its “Digitizing Historical Records Project” webpage. It offers resources on best practices for different types of digitizing and answers questions about its grant funding.
http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digitizing-faqs.html.

PastPerfect Museum Software, Grant Opportunities (broken down by National Grants, Regional Grants, State Grants)
http://www.museumsoftware.com/grants.html

Show Me The Money: Researching (& Reading) Digitization Grants (article)
http://dclab.com/resources/articles/best-practices-applying-for-library-digitization-grants

*Consider looking for funding opportunities within your state. For example, the state of Ohio offers the History Fund, which supports local history project (https://www.ohiohistory.org/preserve/local-history-office/history-fund). Texas has mini-grant opportunities from Portal to Texas History for digitization services (http://www.library.unt.edu/call-submissions-portal-texas-history) and Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers funds for different categories of funding (http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/library_services___technology_act/8738).