CCDI Artist/Scholar in Residence Application
The Artist/Scholar in Residence program supports artists or scholars in the creation of new scholarly and/or artists works that imaginatively study, experiment with, and/or critique the Library’s digital collections, materials, and/or services. Proposed projects should center on one or more of the following groups: Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and/or other communities of color in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, territories and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands).
The program is open to a broad array of artists and scholars, including (but not limited to): visual artists, conceptual artists, dancers, journalists, cultural critics, independent scholars, academic scholars, and cultural heritage practitioners, including librarians.
For 2023, the Library intends to award two 12-month grants of up to $90,000 each.
Applications are open May 17, 2023 through 2:00 PM Eastern Time on August 7, 2023.
Questions about this grant program may be submitted until 2:00 PM Eastern Time on July 27, 2023 to LOCfirstname.lastname@example.org. After July 27, the Library will only respond to emails related to submission problems.
Applicants with problems submitting via email can request assistance until 3:00 PM Eastern Time on August 4, 2023. The subject of each e-mail must read as follows: Notice 030ADV23R0033 – Of the People Widening the Path: Connecting Communities Digital Initiative - 2023.
View the webinar recordings below to learn more about the Grant for the Artist/Scholar in Residence program.
Commonly Asked Questions
- How do I apply?
Step 1: Download and review all forms and documents (including the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) here:
- Notice of Funding Opportunity (Notice) Amended (PDF, 527 KB)
- Application Checklist - Amended (PDF, 182 KB)
- Project Narrative Template - Amended (PDF, 14 KB)
- Project Narrative Template - Amended (Word, 224 KB)
- Budget Plan Narrative (PDF, 160 KB)
- Budget Plan Worksheet Template (XLS, 68 KB)
Step 2: Applicants can get a Unique Entity ID from SAM.gov or can use their EIN/TIN number. Alternatively, if you don’t have either, you can leave that section blank on your proposal narrative cover page and can submit a Vendor Survey Form, which will be provided during the award process to successful applicants.
- What is the purpose of this program?
The Library of Congress will expand the connections between the Library and the public and strengthen the use of Library of Congress digital collections. The Library seeks to offer awards to support projects that remix and reuse Library digital collections in creative ways and that center on one or more of the following groups: Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and/or other communities of color in the United States.
- Who is eligible to receive this grant?
Eligible applicants must be individuals who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents based in any of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, territories, and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands). Eligible applicants must propose a project that must be conducted within the United States or U.S. commonwealth or territory. Additional information about eligibility is found in Section C of the Notice.
- Will the Library accept multiple proposals from the same applicant?
An eligible applicant may submit only one application under this announcement.
- When will the Library communicate grant decisions?
The Library intends to communicate funding decisions by late Fall 2023.
- Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Staff will be available to answer questions at the Artist/Scholar in Residence grant webinars. Questions about this grant program may be submitted until 2:00 pm Eastern Time on July 27, 2023 to LOCemail@example.com.
- What is meant by the “Library’s digital materials and collections”?
Broadly speaking, these are Library materials that are born digital or have been digitized and available online via the Library’s digital collections website. Here you can browse or search our digital collections by keyword. A Digital Scholarship Research Guide provides more in-depth information about ways to access digital materials at the Library of Congress such as APIs and datasets.
- How can I tell if an item or collection is legally available to use?
When viewing an item in the Library’s digital collections, look for a statement called “Rights and Access” or “Rights Advisory.” It contains the most accurate information we have about the rights status of the material. If the statement includes text like “public domain” or “no known copyright restrictions,” the item is free to use. Otherwise, it us up to you to determine if the details of the statement is compatible with your specific use, such as “research and educational use.” The Library’s Copyright Guide provides fuller information on rights status for Library digital materials.
Grant Program Information
Proposal Development Resources
Using Library Digital Collections
- Digital Scholarship at the Library of Congress: A Research Guide – This research guide provides information about ways to access digital materials at the Library of Congress.
- Using Items from the Library’s Website: Understanding Copyright – This website provides fuller information on rights status for Library digital materials.
- Library of Congress Research Guides – This is a directory of over 1400 subject and research guides to the Library's collections prepared by Library of Congress staff
- Ask a Librarian – This resource connects patrons with staff specialists who can provide assistance while searching, accessing, or using our collections.