Hi everyone,


Recently, CLIR opened its initial application for Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Amplifying Unheard Voices. The grant competition, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports digitizing collections of rare and unique materials held by collecting organizations. 


A new thematic focus:

This year, the program invites proposals to digitize materials that deepen public understanding of the histories of people of color and other communities and populations whose work, experiences, and perspectives have been insufficiently recognized or unattended. 


CLIR expects to award grants of between $50,000 and $350,000 in the local currency of the recipient organizations for projects beginning either May 1 or June 1, 2022.


Application details:

The application process has two stages. The initial stage is open to eligible collecting organizations in the United States and Canada. Requirements have been significantly reduced compared to previous iterations of the program and ask applicants to focus on telling the story of the materials and the need for support through this grant. Also new: Canadian organizations can apply as lead organizations. Proposals are due by 11:59 pm Eastern time on April 30, 2021. 


The program’s independent review panel will invite proposals that best fit the program’s scope to submit a final application later this year. 


How to learn more:

Explore the program’s home page or attend an upcoming information session (March 17 and March 30). Ready to apply? The application form and step-by-step instructions can be found on our site.


Please feel free to email us with questions at any time: [log in to unmask].


Thank you!


All the best,




Gayle Schechter, MSLIS | she/her/hers

Program Associate

🍑 Based in Atlanta, GA (Mvskoke land)
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