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Council on Library and Information Resources Grant Opportunity

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials is a national grant competition administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for digitizing rare and unique content in collecting institutions. The program is generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is built upon the model of CLIR’s Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program (2008-2014).

Since 2015, Digitizing Hidden Collections has awarded approximately $4 million annually to institutions holding collections of high value for research, teaching, and learning. A review panel, comprising experts from a range of scholarly and technical disciplines, evaluates proposals and recommends award recipients.

In January 2018, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded CLIR funding to support three years of grant competitions for this program, in 2018, 2019, and 2020. CLIR is currently accepting applications for the 2018 cycle; applications are due by Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Click here for information on this cycle’s application process.

For further information, contact CLIR at [email protected]. The program occasionally sends announcements and news about this program by e-mail; if you would like to be added to our distribution list, please click here.


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