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Grant: NEH National Digital Newspaper Program | LEAN WI

Deadline: January 12, 2023 (New application available November 1, 2022)

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access is accepting applications for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The purpose of this program is to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963 from all 56 states and U.S. jurisdictions. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible online.

Successful applicants will select newspapers—published in their state or jurisdiction between 1690 and 1963—and over a period of two years (beginning Oct. 1, 2023), convert approximately 100,000 pages into digital files (preferably from microfilm), according to the technical guidelines outlined by LC. The maximum award amount is $325,000 with expected outputs of digitized newspapers and online resources. NEH welcomes applications that involve collaboration between prior NDNP recipients and new partners. Such collaborations might involve arranging with experienced recipients to manage the creation and delivery of digital files; offering regular and ongoing consultation on managing aspects of the project; or providing formal training for project staff at an onsite institute or workshop.

NDNP supports dissemination activities that engage the wider public in exploring the digitized content, within appropriate limits. Your budget may include staff time, consultation with outside experts, and other eligible expenses related to disseminating the NEH-funded products, but keep in mind that the primary purpose of this program is to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers. Prior recipients may apply for subsequent NDNP awards to further newspaper digitization efforts.

The application and more details are provided on the NEH website: