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Grants to USA IHEs for Projects to Increase the Diversity of Online Resources

ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants


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Funding Source
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA institutions of higher education for projects to increase the diversity of online resources. Funding is intended for projects that address the histories and interests of BIPOC and other marginalized communities. The goal of the program is to promote and provide resources for projects that diversify the digital domain, advance justice and equity in digital scholarly practice, and/or contribute to public understanding of racial and social justice issues. Projects should be past the prototyping or proof-of-concept phase.

This program addresses the inequities in the distribution of access to tools and support for digital work among scholars across various fields, those working with under-utilized or understudied source materials, and those in institutions with less support for digital projects. It promotes inclusion and sustainability by extending the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars and projects at various stages of development. Finally, ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants offer scholars and project leaders the opportunity to receive tailored coaching from the Nonprofit Finance Fund in order to plan for the long-term stewardship and sustainability of their projects.

ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants support projects that pursue any of the following activities:

  • Engage with the interests and histories of people of color and other historically marginalized communities, including (but not limited to) Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities; people with disabilities; and queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people.
  • Advance beyond the prototyping or proof-of-concept phase and articulates the next financial, technological, and intellectual phases of project development.
  • Cultivate greater openness to new sources of knowledge and strategic approaches to content building and knowledge dissemination. 
  • Support teams of scholars committed to exploring and pursuing the best available means for their projects’ long-term sustainability and impact


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Projects must be hosted by an institution of higher education in the United States.
- Project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities of the interpretative social sciences.
- Projects must demonstrate evidence of significant preliminary work as well as a record of accomplishment and impact with scholarly audiences.

ACLS grants may not support projects whose focus is the production of creative works (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects. Institutional indirect costs will not be covered.

Pre-Application Information
Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS online fellowship and grant administration system ( no later than 9 pm Eastern Standard Time, December 15, 2023.

Notifications will be sent via email in Spring 2024.

Program overview:


Estimated Size of Grant
Amount: between $50,000 and $100,000

Term of Contract
Tenure: 12-18 months to be initiated as early as July 1, 2024, and no later than December 31, 2024

Contact Information
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