National Digital Newspaper Program

Division of Preservation and Access

Grant Snapshot

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Expected output

Digitized Newspapers;
Web Resources

Period of performance

Two years

Application available (anticipated)

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The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress (LC) to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. jurisdictions. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at LC and will be freely accessible online (see the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website).  The accompanying US Newspaper Directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats.  During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections.

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Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.

Application Materials

National Digital Newspaper Program Notice of Funding Opportunity, 2022 (PDF) 

National Digital Newspaper Program Application Package

Program Resources

NDNP Web Site (hosted by Library of Congress)

Technical Guidelines (hosted by Library of Congress) (PDF)

List of National Digital Newspaper Program awards, 2018-2021

Sample Narrative for Applicants Seeking Rounds 1-3 Funding

Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Digital Newspaper Project

Sample Narrative for Applications Seeking Subsequent Funding

Montana Historical Society, Montana Digital Newspaper Project

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    Program Statistics

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    NEH made an average of
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