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Mellon Foundation Awards CLIR $1.2 Million Operating Grant

Contact: Kathlin Smith

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a 24-month, $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting October 2021. The grant provides funds for core administrative and management staff that support the broad range of CLIR’s programmatic activity.

Over this period, CLIR will expand its work to build communities of practice, fund practical strategies and systemic thinking for new challenges, and promote the development of ethical policies that encourage the representation of all people in the accessible human record.

“We are deeply grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for providing this vital operational support,” said CLIR Board Chair Buhle Mbambo-Thata. “The next two years will be a pivotal period for CLIR as we initiate some important new projects and bring others to fruition.”

“CLIR’s work is critical as we navigate the ongoing pandemic and its disruptive effects on our working environment, as well as the enormous implications of the climate crisis for our cultural legacy and social stability,” said CLIR President Charles Henry. “We will continue to enhance our programs in service to strengthening communication, infrastructure, policies, and practices for our constituencies as these crises evolve, while at the same time recognizing that it now falls to us to help compose a different future.”

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. Information about CLIR’s programs in regranting and leadership, as well as its fellowships, publications, and global initiatives, is available at

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