Digital Collection Funding Grants

Digital Collection National Grant Opportunities

Library of Congress – Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional Grant Program

The Library of Congress awards grants of up to $20,000 under the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional program to school districts, universities, cultural institutions, library systems and other educational organizations who wish to incorporate TPS materials and methods into their existing education and professional development programs for pre and in-service teachers, librarians, media specialists and other K-12 educators. The program promotes the widespread, sustained and effective use of primary sources from the Library of Congress within the educational community by increasing access to the TPS program for teachers who are not served by members of the TPS Educational Consortium. You can learn more about the TPS program here and view an example of a MONTAGEdc digital collection that supports usage by the public as well as with the Library of Congress TPS and school curriculum at the Albert Wisner Public Library here. And if you are feeling inspired and want to learn more, you can review primary source teacher’s guides and analysis tools here. This grant ends September 2020.

National Endowment for the Humanities – NEH Public Humanities Project Grants

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming. In its initial competition the Public Humanities Projects program received 103 applications and made twenty awards, for a funding ratio of 20 percent. 

National Endowment for the Humanities – NEH Common Heritage Grant

America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country’s heritage and preserve it for future generations. Common Heritage will support both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of outreach through community events that explore and interpret these materials as a window on the community’s history and culture. The Common Heritage program recognizes that members of the public—in partnership with libraries, museums, archives, and historical organizations—have much to contribute to the understanding of our cultural mosaic. Together, such institutions and the public can be effective partners in the appreciation and stewardship of our common heritage. 

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grant Program

Congress established the NHPRC grants program to promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage. Each year Congress appropriates up to $10 million for grants in support of the nation’s archives for projects to edit and publish historical records of national importance. The NHPRC supports projects to research and develop means to preserve authentic electronic records, make accessible records and archives, publish papers documenting America’s founding era and topics important to an understanding of American History.

Council on Library and Information Resources

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials is a national competition administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions. Through the 2016 competition, CLIR awarded nearly $4 Million to institutions holding collections of high scholarly value.

Digital Collection State Grant Opportunities

Contact your local State Library Association for available State grant funds.