MEAP has two possible grants available. Both available grants require the submission of a preliminary application through the MEAP application system. Select applicants will then be invited to complete a detailed application.
Projects should be well organized before digitization begins. If you require substantial time to evaluate and survey the archival material, you should consider applying for a planning grant.
PLANNING GRANTS of up to $15,000 to evaluate or survey collections for digitization and/or curation. Planning grant projects can be up to one year in length.
PROJECT GRANTS of up to $50,000 to digitize archival content or curation of already-digital assets. Grant funded projects should address the full lifecycle of digitization, including the imaging as well as content description and digital asset delivery to the UCLA Library. Project grants can be up to two years in length.
MEAP has some designated funds for Emergency Grants to be given outside the regular funding cycle. Funds of up to $10,000 are available for 6 month projects. Applications must be submitted through our online system and will follow the same process for evaluation as other applications, including review by an external referee, technical experts, and the MEAP review board.
Projects must have one single principal applicant who takes responsibility for the planning and execution of the project. The principal applicant will also be responsible for the financial management of the grant. Individual applicants must be associated with an institution and cannot apply for independent funding. If the grant applicant is not affiliated with the owning repository of the materials, there must be a letter of support from the owning repository
- Any accredited member of teaching or research faculty at a university or similar higher education institution
- Archivists and librarians with responsibilities for special collections in archives, a national or research library, or a similar institution
- Administrative leaders of not-for-profit organizations that hold at-risk cultural heritage materials
- Grants must be administered by not-for-profit organizations
- Applications from state institutions requesting support for the preservation of their own holdings should demonstrate some contribution in kind, such as the provision of staff time, training or workspace
- Host institutions should be a university, archive, library, research or cultural institution
MEAP will support projects to organize, collect, convert and describe archival material or existing digital assets. Materials must fit within the following scope.
AGE OF MATERIAL: From the early 20th century to the present, preferably with a majority of the material dating from the 1950s or later.
CONTENT: Materials should document history, society, culture, and politics, with an emphasis on social justice, human rights, and under-documented communities.
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS: Materials from regions outside North America and Europe are preferred. We encourage applications from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. Applications from North America and Europe are eligible to apply if resources are limited for preserving archival material.
FORMAT: Materials may be in a variety of formats, including print, audio and video materials, photographs, ephemera and digital files.
Consider alternate funding if your project does not fit within this scope >
Proposals will be evaluated by an international panel of scholars based on the following criteria.
- Urgency of the project, as reflected by the vulnerability of the materials, due to environmental conditions, political uncertainty, inherently unsustainable media, inappropriate storage, or communal and social change.
- Scholarly significance and uniqueness of the materials proposed
- Viability of online publication based on the grantees’ rights and privacy analysis
- Project feasibility according to timeframe and resources requested, including physical space and personnel to conduct the activities proposed
- Expertise and experience of the applicants and project team
- Commitment and planning within the proposed project to create metadata in English and the language of the culture in which the materials were created