Digital Projects for the Public
Division of Public Programs
Maximum award amount
$100,000 (Prototyping grants)
$400,000 (Production grants)
Period of performance
Optional draft due
Expected notification date
Project start date
The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.
All Digital Projects for the Public projects should
- present analysis that deepens public understanding of significant humanities ideas;
- incorporate sound humanities scholarship;
- involve humanities scholars in all phases of development and production;
- include appropriate digital media professionals;
- reach a broad public through a realistic plan for development, marketing, and distribution;
- create appealing digital formats for the general public; and
- demonstrate the capacity to sustain themselves.
All projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general, nonspecialist audience, either online or in person at venues such as museums, libraries, or other cultural institutions. Applicants may also choose to identify particular communities and groups, including students, to whom a project may have particular appeal.
There will be a prerecorded webinar posted on this page by April 26, 2023.
View the prerecorded webinar "Digital Projects For The Public: 2022" below.
Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity and study the application package and supplementary materials.
Digital Projects for the Public Notice of Funding Opportunity 2023 (PDF)
Digital Projects for the Public Grants.gov application package
Digital Projects for the Public Frequently Asked Questions, 2023 (PDF)
List of recent Discovery grants
List of recent Prototyping grants
List of recent Production grants
Sample Application Narratives
Discovery Project: Historic Hudson Valley, Cuffee’s Trial: A Digital Graphic Novel
Discovery Project: Louisiana State University, Louisiana’s Hidden History of Japanese Internment
Prototyping Project: Harvard University, Digital Giza, a Portal to the Pyramids
Prototyping Project: Historic Hudson Valley, Slavery in the North Website
Prototyping Project: Richard Stockton College, Pox and the City
Production Project: University of Southern California, Walden Game
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