Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

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The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability.  Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are valued in this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities from organizations of all types and sizes. 

In support of its efforts to advance digital infrastructures and initiatives in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support some DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations. IMLS funding will encourage innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, and relevant public communities that advance preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services to empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, and strengthen knowledge networks. This could include collaborations with community-based archives, community-driven efforts, and institutions or initiatives representing the traditionally underserved. Interested applicants should also refer to the current IMLS Strategic Plan for additional context. 

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What’s New for 2021: 

  • New required budget form in Grants.Gov that also requires a Budget Justification. 
    Budget attachments will not be accepted.  

  • Detailed Work Plans are now a required attachment. 

  • Level III application narratives must not exceed 8 pages. 

  • Narrative contains new questions for applicants to address, such as describing how projects benefit its team members and how staff contributions will be credited.  


  • Applications will be declared ineligible for review if they do not include all required sections and components (i.e., Budget form with a Budget Justification, Biographies and not CVs). 

  • Applications will be declared ineligible for review if they do not comply with all requirements indicated with a “must” outlined in the NOFO, including page limits.  

  • Abstracts, Table of Contents, and page numbering are no longer required. 

Webinar for Writing 2021 DHAG Applications 

Watch the 2021 DHAG  Program Webinar

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