National Digital Newspaper Program

Division of Preservation and Access

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Open to


Expected output

Web Resources;
Digitized Newspapers

Period of performance

Two years

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible online (see the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website).  An accompanying national 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.

Review your application package

To apply for this grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

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

Download Application Materials

National Digital Newspaper Program Notice of Funding Opportunity, January 2020 (PDF) Application Package

Budget Resources

Sample Budget, October 2018 (PDF)

Budget Form, September 2018 (XLS)

Program Resources

National Digital Newspaper Program Frequently Asked Questions, 2020 (PDF)

NDNP Web Site (hosted by Library of Congress)

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

Certification Regarding Lobbying (PDF)

Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (PDF)

List of National Digital Newspaper Program awards, 2017-2019

Sample Application Narratives

Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi Digital Newspaper Project

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Digital Newspaper Project

University of Nevada, Nevada Digital Newspaper Project

University of North Carolina, North Carolina Digital Newspaper Project

University of Tennessee, Tennessee Digital Newspaper Project

West Virginia University, West Virginia Digital Newspaper Project

    Complete your application package

    Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and in the instructions. 

    Submit your application package on

    You will receive a confirmation from when you've successfully submitted your application. 

    Verify you have received email messages from

    After you submit your application, 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.

    Program Statistics

    In the last five competitions this program received an average of
    per year
    This grant has a
    Funding Ratio
    NEH made an average of
    per year

    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program