The TownsWeb Archiving Digitisation Grant
Welcome to the home of the TownsWeb Archiving Digitisation Grant. Our grant has attracted 600 applicants in the five years it has been running, benefiting over 80 organisations and awarding almost £80,000. Our grant has supported the digitisation of a long and eclectic list of valuable and rare heritage collections. Read on to find out how to make your own application.
Our Digitisation Grant is currently closed for applications
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Everything you need to know
Find out what awards are available, what is and isn’t covered, what criteria you will need to meet and what organisations are eligible, as well as the all-important opening and closing dates for our next funding round.Learn More
Apply for our next funding window
It couldn’t be easier, simply provide your details to download our online application form and make a start on your funding application today. Complete at a time that’s convenient to you, save your progress, edit, and then submit.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Funding covers a vast array of material types that fall within three main categories: bound volume collections, archive collections, and photograph collections. Each of these categories contains a list of more specific material types. Part of the grant may also be used for the transcription of metadata and OCR (optical character recognition) data capture.
Click below to find out whether your particular material type is covered:
Any UK based organisation can apply as long as you are working on behalf of public, private and charity archives, business/corporate archives, public and private libraries, museums or galleries. You can even apply if your institution or organisation has applied in the past.
We do not accept applications from private individuals with personal collections or digitisation/scanning bureaus.
For clarification, click below:
To apply, simply submit the short form on the page linked below. You will then be sent an email providing access to your online application form. You can save and return to your application at any time:
Applications are selected by a panel of three judges with a vast array of experience in the cultural heritage sector. Each application will be assessed across four primary areas: Heritage need, Social/Community impact, Research value, and Improved accessibility. Further information about these primary areas can be found within the application form itself.
You can find out more about judges here:
Yes, that’s absolutely right!
This year we have created a new match funding pot into which £500 will be deposited for each eligible application received. From this pot, all eligible applicants will be able to claim up to £1,000 in match funding. But, remember, this pot is likely to prove very popular, so we urge you not to delay in starting your project and claiming your match funding, when it’s gone, it’s gone!
TownsWeb Archiving have been expertly scanning and indexing cultural heritage archives for over two decades. Over the years we have seen how funding cuts have squeezed the sector, directly impacting collection holders. Our mission is to see archives safeguarded against damage and loss, opening up opportunities for access, discovery, and revenue generation.
To find out more about TownsWeb Archiving, including our mission, vision, values and our team of expert digitisation technicians, click here:www.townswebarchiving.com/about-us
For any further questions, please contact us: [email protected].
The History of our Digitisation Grant
From our very first winners back in 2016 to our latest success stories, follow our celebratory timeline.Explore our funding journey
Latest Funding News
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TWA Digitisation Grant 2022: Judges Top TipsJuly 5th, 2022 by Jess Sturman-Coombs
It's the TWA Digitisation Grant 2022 halfway point! Find out what our judges are looking for and see exactly what a winning application looks like!Continue Reading »
TWA Digitisation Grant 2022 - OPEN for applications!June 20th, 2022 by Jess Sturman-Coombs
Finally the wait is over! At last we can declare the TWA Digitisation Grant 2022 OPEN! Read on to find out what’s on offer and access the online form!Continue Reading »