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Program Of the People: Widening the Path

Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI)

The Connecting Communities Digital Initiative is part of the Library’s Mellon-funded Of the People: Widening the Path initiative. This four-year program provides grants to individuals, organizations and institutions to create projects using the Library’s digital collections and that center one or more of the following groups: Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other communities of color.

The Artist/Scholar-in-Residence program supports the creation of new scholarly and/or artistic works that will deepen the connection between the Library of Congress and the lives and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian American and Pacific Islander and other communities of color through new or re-imagined uses of technology.

Round 2 Grants Q&As

Download the CCDI Grants Brochure, (PDF,8.3 MB)

Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Grants encourage digital programs that add and amplify the stories of people whose voices have traditionally been minimized, and innovatively incorporate Library collections. This opportunity closed on October 7, 2022. For the latest updates on the next round of applications, subscribe to the Of the People blog

Grant for Libraries, Archives, Museums

The Grant for Libraries, Archives, Museums provides support to libraries, archives, and museums to use Library of Congress digital collections and materials to create projects that center the lives, experiences, and perspectives of Black, Indigenous and 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). We will offer three grants for up to $50,000 each.

Apply for a Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Grant for Libraries, Archives, Museums

Grant for Higher Education

The Grant for Higher Education supports minority-serving higher education institutions in the development of projects that use Library of Congress digital collections and materials that center the lives, experiences, and perspectives of Black, Indigenous and 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). We will offer three grants for up to $50,000 each.

Apply for a Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Grant for Higher Education

Blog: Of the People

Latest news on the Library-wide initiative, Of the People: Widening the Path, that connects the national library more deeply with Black, Indigenous and communities of color historically underrepresented in Library’s collections.

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