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Call for Applications 2023-24: Now Closed

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.

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

New Grant Opportunity

MEAP invites applications for a new grant opportunity in 2023. Regional Grants provide additional funding (up to $100,000) to create multi-institutional digital collections.

Regional Grants(opens in a new tab) provide an opportunity for previous MEAP grantees to activate the networks they have built through years of archival work, training and community building. Grant projects should result in the digitization of archival collections from multiple institutions and apply consistent metadata practices to these different materials. Projects should create new opportunities for research by linking together disparate collections.

Projects can apply for funds to augment available hardware and enable more project partners to participate in the digitization and documentation process. Grantee holders will be responsible for managing funds across the project and for ensuring that all digital files and metadata are submitted according to MEAP requirements.

Note: Only previous MEAP grant holders are eligible to apply for Regional Grants. Prospectives applicants for Regional Grants are required to contact the MEAP team before applying. All proposed projects should be discussed with the team ahead of submitting an application.

Available Grants

MEAP offers three grants during this application cycle: Regional Grants, Project Grants, and Planning Grants. Grants have increased funding available for 2023-24.

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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.

Open Access Requirement

All materials created with MEAP funding will be published on an open access platform hosted by the UCLA Library. This includes digitized archival objects, surveys, and inventories.

Project teams are responsible for securing necessary permissions for open access publication. Project and Regional Grant applicants must provide evidence of permission for publication at the Detailed Application phase. Planning Grant projects may build in time to explore rights related questions.


  • Applications open September 12, 2023
  • Applicant Webinar Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | Registration Required
  • 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

Application Resources

MEAP will support projects to organize, collect, convert and describe archival material or existing digital assets. Materials must fit within the following scope.

Ready to Apply?

Before applying, make sure that you have reviewed the MEAP Program Guidelines and that you have confirmed your project's eligibility. When you are ready to apply, you can begin your application on our online application portal. All applications must be submitted in English.
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