Council on Library and Information Resources: Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives – Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. The program supports projects that make digitized sources easily discoverable and accessible alongside related materials, including materials held by other collecting institutions as well as those held within the home institution. Collections proposed for digitization may be in any format or relevant to any subject.
Amount: Approximately $4,000,000 is available to award grants ranging from $50,000-$500,000. Ranges depend on applicant type as follows:
- Single-institution applications: Grants range from $50,000-$250,000. Project terms range from 12-24 months.
- Collaborative, multi-institution applications (partnerships/consortia): Grants range from $50,000-$500,000. Project terms range from 12-36 months.
Eligibility: Applicant institutions must fall under one of the following categories and meet the requirements for that category:
- Applicant institution(s) can be eligible if recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under one of the following: IRS Code Section 501(c)3; IRS Code Section 115; IRS Code Section 170(c)1
- Government units and their agencies or instrumentalities not organized under IRS Section 501(c)3 can be eligible provided that collecting and disseminating scholarly and cultural resources are among the primary functions of the unit and grant funds will be used for charitable purposes within the scope of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program
- Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations can be eligible
The applicant institution(s) must be located in the United States or in an associated entity. All materials proposed for digitization must be owned and held by collecting institutions in the United States or Canada. The materials themselves must also be located in the United States or Canada.
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