Applicant Resources

The 2020 application cycle is now closed. Notifications for the final round will be made by April 1, 2021. No information on a 2021 cycle is available at this time. Be sure to sign up for CLIR’s Program Newsletter for the latest information. Information below pertains to the 2020 cycle and is for reference only.

For questions about the program, e-mail

Instructions for application form. Explains questions and provides context.

Use this form to submit your application to the Digitizing Hidden Collections Program.

Answers to commonly asked questions.

Proposal Planning Resources

General Resources

Applicant Toolkit Videos

Working with former recipients and reviewers, the Digital Library Federation (DLF) has created short videos highlighting issues that have been challenging to past applicants. For more information about the topics introduced here, see the DLF Digitizing Special Formats wiki.

Sample Proposals

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers related to how COVID-19 is affecting the program’s application and review process are being updated here. For questions that are not answered there, below or in the application guidelines, contact CLIR program staff at During the application period, CLIR accepts inquiries by e-mail only; no phone calls, please.

General Questions

Questions About Proposals

Questions About Core Values

Guidance and Criteria for Selection

Eligibility for Collaborative Projects