How to Apply

Interested in applying for a grant? Read more for information about our application process and evaluation criteria.

MEAP invites applications for its sixth cohort of projects designed to preserve, document, and digitize collections at risk from environmental conditions, political uncertainty, inherently unsustainable media, inappropriate storage, or communal and social change.

New in 2023!

  • Increased Grant Amounts for all documentation and digitization awards. Planning Grants can now budget up to $20,000 for organization and inventory work; Project Grants up to $70,000 for digitization and metadata creation.

  • New Grant Opportunity. Regional Grants should be used to create digital collections that include cultural heritage materials from three or more institutions, families, or archival repositories but related to one theme, community or historical event.

Explore the 2023-24 Call for Applications in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili.

Application Round Now Open

Announcing a new round of funding with higher grant amounts and a new Regional Grant.
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    Regional Grants

    Opportunity to expand on previous MEAP digitization. Create digital collections that include cultural heritage materials from three or more institutions, families, or archival repositories.
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    Project Grants

    For digitizing archival content or curating already-digital assets.
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    Planning Grants

    For evaluating or surveying collections for digitization and/or curation.
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    Available Funding

    We offer funding for projects to organize, collect, digitize and describe archival material or existing digital assets. Current round is now closed. A new Call for Applications will open in Sept 2024.

Getting Started

Confirm eligibility and explore all available resources while drafting a proposal for MEAP funding.
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    MEAP Application Handbook 2023-24

    The MEAP Application Handbook includes details about the MEAP application process and shares resources for drafting a strong application.
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    Project Eligibility

    Not sure if your project is eligible? Check out project eligibility information here.
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    Program Guidelines

    These guidelines define the scope and eligibility requirements for the MEAP grant program.
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    Evaluation Criteria

    Applications will be evaluated by an international panel of scholars using this criteria.

Application Process

MEAP has a two-stage application process. All applications are required to submit a Preliminary Application. Select applicants will then be invited to complete a Detailed Application. These templates include details about each application step and best practices for building a successful application. All applications must be submitted through the online MEAP application system available at All applications must be submitted in English.

Application Forms

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    Host Commitment Form

    The Host Commitment Form is required for all projects and should be used to confirm institutional agreement to serve as a Host Institution.
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    Archival Partner Form

    The Archival Partner Form is used to confirm collaboration between the project team and the archival owners. The form should be signed by the current collection holders.
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    Copyright Permission Agreement

    Copyright Permission Agreements are required for all Project Grants. Project teams are responsible for identifying the creator and copyright owner of all collection materials.

More Information

Application Timeline: 2023-24

  • Applications open September 12, 2023
  • Applicant Webinar Wednesday, October 18, 2023 [View Resources(opens in a new tab)]
  • Preliminary Applications due Monday, November 13, 2023
  • Detailed Application Webinar (PROJECT GRANTS) Thursday, January 18, 2024
  • Detailed Application Webinar (PLANNING GRANT) Friday, January 19, 2024
  • Detailed Applications (for invited applicants) due Friday, February 9, 2024

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All MEAP applications must be submitted online at
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