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Deadline: February 9, 2019

Council on Library and Information Resources: Recordings at Risk Grant Program

Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program, funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. Awards cover costs of preservation reformatting for audio and/or audiovisual content by qualified external service providers.

Recordings at Risk encourages professionals who may be constrained by limited resources and/or technical expertise to take action against the threats of degradation and obsolescence. The program aims to help institutions identify priorities and develop practical strategies for digital reformatting, build relationships with partners, and raise awareness of best practices.

An independent review panel, comprised of scholars in a variety of domains and technologists with expertise in digitization and digital preservation, will evaluate applications using four primary criteria:

  • Impact: The potential scholarly and public impact of the proposed project
  • Urgency: The urgency of undertaking the reformatting to avoid risk of loss
  • Preservation: The viability of applicants’ plans for long-term preservation
  • Cost-Effectiveness: The overall cost-effectiveness of the proposal

Amount: Grants range from $10,000-$50,000 each.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. nonprofit academic, research, or cultural heritage institutions. Both the applicant institution and its collections must be located in the United States or an associated entity, e.g. the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or American Samoa.

Grants may be made to government units and their agencies or instrumentalities, provided that cultural heritage is the primary function of the unit and grant funds will be used for charitable purposes within the scope of the Recordings at Risk program. Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations are also eligible to apply for funding.

Link: https://www.clir.org/recordings-at-risk/

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