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TWA Digitisation Grant 2018

The deadline for TWA Digitisation Grant 2018 applications has now passed and this years winners have been announced! Watch the live winners announcement video and find out more about the winning projects now.

Two 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 2018…

What funding is available?

There are two funding grants available:

  • Primary Digitisation Grant £5000
  • Secondary Digitisation Grant £2000

The Primary Grant of £5000 will be awarded to the winning institution/organisation, as selected by our judging panel (see below for details of judging process). Whilst the Secondary Grant 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, optical character recognition (ocr), website design and/or digital asset management software.

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.

Who is eligible to apply for the TWA Digitisation Grant?

The TWA Digitisation Grant is open to applications from all UK:

  • 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.

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.

Closing date 12th July 2018

Click below to find out how to apply and download our Grant application form. All applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on 12th July 2018 and winners will be announced via Facebook Live and on the TWA blog on 2nd August.