Applicant Resources

The 2018 application period is now closed. Information provided on this page is for reference only. The next call for proposals for this  competition will be issued in January 2019. 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

  • Google Docs Template: Applicants may use this template to assist with collaborative writing on draft proposals. If you are working with the Google Docs template, you will need to copy your final answer from each question into the official application form and submit your completed proposal by the deadline in order to be considered for a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant.
  • Applicant Webinars: CLIR scheduled three webinars in 2018 to orient applicants of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program and answer questions. Space is available in the webinars on a first come, first served basis and no registration is required. The webinar schedule and any available links to recordings are below.
  • Digitizing Special Formats wiki: This is a list of external resources to help applicants plan projects involving the digitization of rare and unique materials. Content is curated by the Digital Library Federation (DLF).


All webinars are first come, first served. If you are unable to attend the webinar or the room is at capacity, complete recordings of each session will be posted here shortly following their conclusion.

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

For questions that are not answered 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