Introducing the Digitisation Grant

  • 3 May 2024

We are pleased to be able to introduce Digitisation Grants, a new funding opportunity that will be offered for the first time in our autumn 2024 round.

Our Digital Project Grant was introduced in 2015 and since then has supported a variety of fascinating and innovative digital projects; however, since its inception we have noticed that many applicants are looking for funding to support more straightforward digitisation projects, and we hope this new grant will help.

The Digitisation Grant is an award of up to £5,000 and is specifically designed to help organisations make materials from their collections freely available for users online via digital methods. The grant may be used towards the practical costs of in-house digitisation (e.g. equipment and software), hiring an external digitisation service and personnel costs for cataloguing or research purposes.

Materials to be digitised could include:

  • photographic collections
  • archival collections of letters, index cards, notes etc.
  • bound volumes (e.g. diaries, magazines, newspapers, albums, sketchbooks, published books etc.)
  • objects, paintings or assets
  • publications

Please note that organisations can only apply for this award to digitise items in their own collections.

We hope this grant will help to make materials concerning British art and architectural history available to a wider audience and continue the Paul Mellon Centre’s mission to champion new ways of understanding British art history and culture.