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The 2019 TWA Digitisation Grant has now opened. Click here to find out more and download the application form.

TWA Digitisation Grant 2019

The 2019 TWA Digitisation Grant has now opened, read more about our grant below and provide your details to download the application form.

Three years ago the TWA Digitisation Grant was created because we knew that limited funding for cultural heritage digitisation projects was one of the primary barriers that UK heritage institutions faced when attempting to digitise and digitally preserve their collections.

We received so many fantastic applications last year, from institutions holding all manner of cultural heritage collections, that we decided to run the Digitisation Grant again in 2019.

You can watch the live winners announcement video from 2018 and find out more about the winning projects.


What funding is available?

There are two funding grants available:
  • Primary Digitisation Grant £6000
  • Secondary Digitisation Grant £3000

The Primary Grant of £6000 will be awarded to the winning institution/organisation, as selected by our judging panel. Whilst the Secondary Grant of £3000 will be awarded to the closest “runner up”.

Every institution/organisation whose application is shortlisted will also receive an optional £500 of match funding to put towards digitisation.

How can the TWA Grant funding be used?

TWA Grant funding can be used for any UK-based digitisation project, excluding digitising 3D and audio-visual materials. For full details of how the funding may be used read our What we fund guide.

The Grant funding will be provided in the form of TownsWeb Archiving services: including digitisation, metadata transcription and optical character recognition (ocr).

How the funding is allocated between these services is entirely up to the applicant, however the project must include digitisation of some sort to be eligible.

What is the judging criteria

Our judging panel, which includes John Chambers (ARA), Claire Adler (Independent/HLF), and Paul Sugden (TWA), will assess each application across three primary areas:
  • Heritage need
  • Social/community impact
  • Research impact
Further guidance on what the judges will be looking for across each of these areas can be found in the Grant Application Form.

Who is eligible to apply for the TWA Digitisation Grant?

The TWA Digitisation Grant is open to applications from all UK based:
  • Public, private & charity Archives
  • Business/corporate Archives
  • Public & private Libraries
  • Museums
  • Galleries
For full details of who is eligible to apply and any exclusions take a look at our Who is Eligible page.

Closing date 28th July 2019

All applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on 28th July 2019 and winners will be announced via Facebook Live from the ARA annual conference and on the TWA blog on 29th August.

Application Form Download

Please fill in your details below to download the 2019 TWA Digitisation Grant application form.