CCDI Grant for Higher Education Application
The Grant for Higher Education supports minority serving higher education institutions in the development of projects that use Library of Congress digital materials and that center one or more of the following groups: Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and/or other communities of color in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, territories and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands).
The program is open to 2-year or 4-year minority serving higher education institutions based in the United States. For 2023, the Library intends to award three 12-month grants of up to $70,000.
Applications are open May 17, 2023 through 2:00 PM Eastern Time on September 7, 2023.
Applicants can optionally submit draft proposal narratives until 2:00 PM Eastern Time on June 30, 2023 and will receive feedback on their draft proposal narratives by 2:00 PM Eastern Time on July 30, 2023.
Questions about this grant program may be submitted until 2:00 PM Eastern Time on August 25, 2023 to LOCemail@example.com. After August 25, the Library will only respond to emails related to submission problems.
Applicants with problems submitting via email can request assistance until 3:00 PM Eastern Time on September 6, 2023. The subject of each e-mail must read as follows: Notice 030ADV23R0034 – Of the People Widening the Path: Connecting Communities Digital Initiative - 2023.
View the webinar recordings below to learn more about the Grant for the Higher Education program.
Commonly Asked Questions
- How do I apply?
Step 1: Download and review all forms and documents (including the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) here:
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Step 3: Fill out application materials and submit to LOCfirstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is the purpose of this program?
The Library of Congress will expand the connections between the Library and the public and strengthen the use of Library of Congress digital collections. The Library seeks to award grants to support projects that remix and reuse Library digital collections in creative ways and that center the lives, experiences and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander and/or other communities of color in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, territories and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands).
- Who is eligible to receive this grant?
Applicants should be a 2-year or 4-year minority serving higher education institution, such as, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions (ANNHs), American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions (NASNTIs), and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs); and be a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organization. Additional information about eligibility is found in Section C of the Notice.
- Will the Library accept multiple proposals from the same applicant?
An eligible applicant may submit only one application under this announcement. Applicants may be included in multiple proposals as members of collaborative partnerships or within a single organization.
- When will the Library communicate grant decisions?
The Library intends to communicate funding decisions by late Fall 2023.
- Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Staff will be available to answer questions at the Higher Education grant webinars. Questions about this grant program may be submitted until 2:00 pm Eastern Time on August 25, 2023 to LOCemail@example.com.
- What is meant by the “Library’s digital materials and collections”?
Broadly speaking, these are Library materials that are born digital or have been digitized and available online via the Library’s digital collections website. Here you can browse or search our digital collections by keyword. A Digital Scholarship Research Guide provides more in-depth information about ways to access digital materials at the Library of Congress such as APIs and datasets.
- How can I tell if an item or collection is legally available to use?
When viewing an item in the Library’s digital collections, look for a statement called “Rights and Access” or “Rights Advisory.” It contains the most accurate information we have about the rights status of the material. If the statement includes text like “public domain” or “no known copyright restrictions,” the item is free to use. Otherwise, it is up to you to determine if the details of the statement is compatible with your specific use, such as “research and educational use.” Library’s Copyright Guide provides fuller information on rights status for Library digital materials.
For more information about the upcoming application cycle, view the links below:
Grant Program Information
Using Library Digital Collections
- Digital Scholarship at the Library of Congress: A Research Guide – This research guide provides information about ways to access digital materials at the Library of Congress.
- Using Items from the Library’s Website: Understanding Copyright – This website provides fuller information on rights status for Library digital materials.
- Library of Congress Research Guides – This is a directory of over 1400 subject and research guides to the Library's collections prepared by Library of Congress staff
- Ask a Librarian – This resource connects patrons with staff specialists who can provide assistance while searching, accessing, or using our collections.