Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Maximum award amount
Level II: $100,000
Level III: $325,000 in outright funds, with an additional $50,000 in matching funds
Period of performance
Optional Draft due
Expected notification date
Project start date
The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are valued in this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities from organizations of all types and sizes.
In support of its efforts to advance digital infrastructures and initiatives in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support some DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations. IMLS funding will encourage innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, and relevant public communities that advance preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services to empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, and strengthen knowledge networks. This could include collaborations with community-based archives, community-driven efforts, and institutions or initiatives representing the traditionally underserved. Interested applicants should also refer to the current IMLS Strategic Plan for additional context.
What’s New for 2021:
New required budget form in Grants.Gov that also requires a Budget Justification.
Budget attachments will not be accepted.
Detailed Work Plans are now a required attachment.
Level III application narratives must not exceed 8 pages.
Narrative contains new questions for applicants to address, such as describing how projects benefit its team members and how staff contributions will be credited.
Applications will be declared ineligible for review if they do not include all required sections and components (i.e., Budget form with a Budget Justification, Biographies and not CVs).
Applications will be declared ineligible for review if they do not comply with all requirements indicated with a “must” outlined in the NOFO, including page limits.
Abstracts, Table of Contents, and page numbering are no longer required.
Webinar for Writing 2021 DHAG Applications
Coming in November 2020
Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and are prepared to write the most effective application.
Download Application Materials
Sample Application Narratives
- University of Georgia, Freedom's Movement: Mapping African American Space in War and Reconstruction
- Ball State University, Library Circulation Histories Workshop
- Shift Design, Redesigning Historypin for Open-Source Digital Humanities
- University of Virginia, The Development of Digital Documentary Editing Platforms
- Temple University, Developing the Data Set of Nineteenth-Century Knowledge
- University of Richmond, Distant Viewing Toolkit (DVT) for the Cultural Analysis of Moving Images
- College of William and Mary, Transkribus and the Georgian Papers Programme Tabular-Formatted Manuscripts
- James Madison University, Circulating American Magazines, Level II Grant
- South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, SnowVision: A Machine Learning-Based Image Processing Tool for the Study of Archaeological Collections
- St. John's University, Ensuring Access to Endangered and Inaccessible Manuscripts
As soon as you know you're ready to apply, make sure you register for a D-U-N-S number, with SAM.gov, and with Grants.gov, as this is required. If you have previously registered, make sure your registrations are up-to-date.
Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions.
You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application.
After you submit your application, Grants.gov will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.