The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR): Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives is an initiative intended to help digitize and provide access to non-digital collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions.

Through this program, CLIR aims to enhance the emerging global digital research environment in ways that support new kinds of scholarship for the long term and to ensure that the full wealth of resources held by memory institutions becomes integrated with the open Web.

Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, etc. to promote broad access, careful preservation, standardization, and usability, approaches to digitization should be coordinated across institutions when feasible.

Online initial proposals must be submitted by April 3, 2017.

Final proposals are due September 20, 2017.