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Of the People: Widening the Path: Connecting Communities Digital Initiative – Artist or Scholar in Residence


The Library of Congress is excited to announce a Notice of Funding Opportunity (Notice) to award two awards for up to $90,000 each in support of the creation of new scholarly and/or artistic works that imaginatively study, experiment with, and/or critique the Library’s digital collections, materials and/or services; and center on the lives, experiences and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other communities of color in the United States.

Donor Name: Library of Congress

State: All States

County: All Counties

Territory: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 08/07/2023

Size of the Grant: up to $90,000

Grant Duration: 12 months


The purpose of this program is to offer artists and/or scholars the time, space and money to study, and experiment with and/or critique the Library’s digitized and born-digital materials and services. This study, experimentation, and critique is in service of the technological and social possibilities that can come from centering on one or more of the following groups: Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian American or Pacific Islander, and/or other communities of color in the United States. They welcome projects that explore gender, sexuality, class, color, ability, and more among one or more of the above groups. They define artists or scholars broadly. They include (and are not limited to) visual artists, conceptual artists, dancers, journalists, cultural critics, independent scholars, academic scholars, and cultural heritage practitioners, including librarians.

Through the establishment of this CCDI residency, the Library will support artists and/or scholars to undertake scholarly and/or artistic projects connecting their own expertise and research interests to the Library of Congress digital collections and services. The project should result in public-facing artistic work or scholarship that will expand their imaginations both within and outside of the Library.

The following list of examples is meant to inspire, and not limit, the possibilities for what successful awards might include:

  • Development of a new application, interface, digital exhibition, publication, or re-curated collection
  • A series of public events that inform and engage the U.S. public
  • Research using digital Library materials leading to the development of books, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, or other artistic and scholarly materials
  • A series of podcasts
  • Documentary film
  • Maps, visualizations, or other computer-generated representations of Library materials
  • Digital tools for accessing, remixing, or re-imaging cultural heritage materials
  • Mashups of Library content and materials held in other archives
  • A dynamic paper discussing technical approaches to uncovering stories using new technologies or approaches
  • A series of public talkbacks to the Library’s digital collections, materials, services, and practices
  • A dance performance or play that uses Library materials for storytelling
  • A series of cooking demonstrations that highlight cultural foodways using the Library’s digital collections
  • A mixed reality experience that layers annotations on physical exhibits at the Library
  • A demonstration of the advantages and limitations of using artificial intelligence models to augment the Library’s digital collection search experience.

Funding Information

  • The Library’s intention is to make up to two awards of up to $90,000 each. Actual awards may be less than $90,000. The Library may choose to make no awards or more than two awards.
  • Period of Performance: 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Eligible applicants must be individuals who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents based in any of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, territories, and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands). Eligible applicants must propose a project that must be conducted within the United States or U.S. commonwealth or territory.
  • An eligible applicant may submit only one application under this announcement.
  • Successful applicants cannot reapply in subsequent years for the same project. If you applied in Round 1 and were not successful in your application, you can apply again with the same project.
  • Organizations and institutions are not eligible under this announcement. They are encouraged to apply under the related notices for the Libraries, Archives and Museums (030ADV23R0035) and Higher Education Institutions (030ADV23R0034) awards.
  • This opportunity is only open to individuals. An applicant that is planning to engage partners, consultants, collaborators and/or service providers (Third Parties), as described below, must include all such related costs in the Budget Plan Workbook and Budget Narrative Plan. However, the applicant is responsible for all work that will be completed under the award agreement and the Library will have no contractual relationship with Third Parties.
  • To be eligible, projects must involve original scholarly or artistic production that will have a public impact. This award is not intended to support research projects undertaken for the completion of university degrees, and the Library will not support such projects.
  • Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be considered for funding under this Notice.
  • The Library will notify an applicant if their application will not be reviewed due to a determination of ineligibility.
  • An individual that submits an application may be disqualified if the individual or any principal has, within the past five years, been subject to a finding of fault or conviction in a Federal or state criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding in connection to the award to or the performance of a Federal award or contract.

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