Small Grants Available for Digitization and Preservation

Each year two Colorado granting agencies, Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) and the Colorado Historic Records Advisory Board (CHRAB), offer small grants that fund a wide variety of digital projects, but each program allows for the submission of digitization and preservation projects.  Many institutions have been awarded grant funds for the digitization of historic newspapers.


Statewide Internet Portal Authority Micro-Grant program just opened this year’s grant applications.  This grant program is designed for state and local governments, special districts and public education in Colorado to put more information and services online.  Over $100,000 is awarded each year and awarded funds range from $1,000-$6,500.

Awards will be given at the 6th annual SIPA User Conference and Grant Ceremony on April 18, 2017.


The Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board, Historical Records Preservation Grant Program enables organizations to request funding for a wide variety of projects, including digitization, preservation needs, disaster planning, improving accessibility to collections and purchasing supplies. Special consideration will be given to projects that involve digital or electronic records.

CHRAB, using funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), will announce their 2017 grant round information in mid-December 2016.  In 2016 applications were due January 26, 2016 and awardees were notified by February 15, 2016. CHRAB awarded grants up to $5,000.  Last year’s guidelines can be found here but please make sure to check back for updated 2017 information.

Please Note:  CHRAB applicants will be required to contribute the 25% matching or in-kind funds. Eligible institutions may be public or private, and preference will be given to smaller institutions with a demonstrated need for funding. All of the grants will adhere to NHPRC’s general grant guidelines.

You can connect with CHRAB on Facebook, or email CHRAB to receive updates on grant activities and other news concerning historical institutions.

Don’t miss out on these great small grant opportunities.