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National Digital Newspaper Program in the US

Organisation: National Endowment for The Humanities

Status: Closed

  • Grant

Funding Size: Up to $325,000

Deadline: 12/01/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    To be eligible to apply, you must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following organization types:
    A nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
    An accredited institution of higher education (public or nonprofit)
    A state or local government or one of their agencies
    A federally recognized Native American Tribal government
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target country: USA
  • Application language: English

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access is accepting applications for the National Digital Newspaper Program.

This program aims to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963 from all 56 states and U.S. jurisdictions. The Library of Congress (LC) will maintain this searchable database, which will be freely accessible online.

NEH welcomes applications that involve collaboration between prior NDNP recipients and new partners.


If you are seeking your first, second, or third NDNP award, you should develop selection criteria with the following principles in mind:

  • Titles should reflect the political, economic, and cultural history of the state or jurisdiction.
  • You should give preference to titles that are recognized as “papers of record” at the state or county level and that contain published legal notices, news of state and regional governmental affairs, and announcements of community news and events.
  • Selected titles should provide state, or at least multi-county, coverage of the majority of the population areas.
  • You should give preference to newspapers with a broad chronological span over those with short runs or those that are published sporadically.

See here to learn more and apply.

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