Funding for Library Digitization Projects

You have identified a unique collection of resources in your library and your current plans are to digitize and make it more accessible. But you need money to start such a project. Here is a small list of funders to get you started in your research. Remember that it is imperative to contact the organization directly for guidelines and deadlines prior to submitting a proposal.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS provides funding for all types of libraries. The National Leadership Grants for Libraries is an annual grant provided by IMLS which funds particular project categories including one specifically on preservation and digitization of library materials. Applicants for preservation projects should describe the significance of the materials proposed for preservation or digitization (or both) and, if applicable, any innovative approaches. Refer to the IMLS website for complete guidelines or contact Martha Crawley, Program Officer at 202-606-5513. IMLS has announced the availability of an online tutorial designed to help libraries and museums develop applications for National Leadership Grants. Visit the tutorial at:

National Center for Preservation and Technology Training

"NCPTT, created by Congress, is an interdisciplinary program of the National Park Service to advance the art, craft and science of historic preservation in the fields of archeology, historic architecture, historic landscapes, objects and materials conservation, and interpretation." The purpose of the PTTGrants program is to ensure an effective and efficient system of research, information distribution, and skills training in all the related historic preservation fields.Visit the NCPTT website for the complete grant guidelines.

National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress (NDIIPP) has issued an announcement seeking applications for projects that will advance the nationwide program to collect and preserve digital materials. The Library of Congress is leading this cooperative effort at the request of the U.S. Congress, which passed legislation in 2000 asking the Library to work with a range of stakeholders to ensure that materials produced in digital formats today are available to future generations.The complete text of the "Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program" is available on their website This includes an explanation of how the plan was developed, who the Library worked with to develop the plan and the key components of the digital preservation infrastructure. The plan was approved by Congress in December 2002.

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH is "dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities." It provides funding to projects that fall into one of their four programs: Education Programs, Preservation and Access, Public Programs, Research Programs, and the office of Challenge Grants. The Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Resources supports "projects that preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture." For smaller libraries visit their Preservation Assistance for Smaller Institutions. NEH also provides a grant opportunity specifically for preserving newspapers called the National Digital Newspaper Program. Consult the NEH website for complete guidelines.

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources relating to the history of the United States. The Commission encourages archival repositories, state and local governments, historical societies, libraries, academic institutions, and others to act vigorously to locate and preserve documents of national and state historical significance. Commission-supported projects help to ensure that these records are saved and made available for public use. Please consult the NHPRC for complete application forms and for specific guidelines. It is important to note that the Commission is interested in projects which do much more than just simply digitizing a collection.






Abell-Hanger Foundation

David L. Smith, ExD

PO Box 430 Midland, TX 79702


James R. Dougherty Foundation

Daren R. Wilder

PO Box 640 Beeville, TX 78104-0640


Houston Endowment

H. Joe Nelson, III, Pres.

600 Travis, Suite 6400 Houston, TX 77002-3007


Burdine Johnson Foundation

Robert C. Giberson, Trustee

PO Box 1230 Buda, TX 78610-1230


Dodge Jones Foundation

Lawrence Gill, Grants Administrator

PO Box Abilene, TX 79604


Meadows Foundation

Bruce H.Esterline, VP

3003 Swiss Avenue Dallas, TX 75204-6090


Ed Rachal Foundation

Paul D. Altheide, CFO

500 N Shoreline, # 1002 Corpus Christi, TX 78471


Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation

Sherrie Sheppard

PO Box 909 Orange, TX 77631-0909


Sterling-Turner Foundation

Eyvonne Moser, ExDir

815 Walker Street

Suite 1543

Houston, TX 77002-5724


Summerlee Foundation

David D. Jackson, Pres.

5656 Sherry Ln., #610 Dallas, TX 75225-8025


Trull Foundation

Gail Purvis, ExD

404 Fourth Street Palacios, TX 77465


These Texas foundations have an interest in funding historical projects and libraries in Texas. This list is by no means all-inclusive. Please research your local area foundations for additional funding possibilities contact the Library Development Division at 512.463.5465 for assistance.


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Mellon Foundation plays an active role in funding a variety of fields including educational, arts and humanities, and conservation. The foundation has in the past funded projects which involved the digitization of materials. Please refer to the website for information and grant guidelines or contact Michele S. Warman, General Counsel, 140 East 62nd St., New York, NY, 10021. Phone: 212-838-8400.

This list is compiled from information directly from the foundations or in published sources including the Directory of Texas Foundations, 20th Edition, produced by the Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas ( and the Big Book of Library Grant Money 2002-2003, by the American Library Association (

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