The Community Collections Grants

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The Community Collections Grants


The Library of Congress is offering a new series of grants to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States. The Community Collections grants from the Library’s American Folklife Center will enable many to document their cultural life and experiences from their own perspectives, while enriching the Library’s holdings with diverse materials featuring creativity and knowledge found at the local level. The funding opportunities were announced July 23 and are open for applications through Sept. 7.

In total, up to 10 grant opportunities are available in fall 2021 for up to $60,000 each to fund field research within Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The funding is part of the Library’s new initiative, Of the People: Widening the Path, to connect more deeply with diverse, often underrepresented communities. This will be the first set of Community Collections grants totaling $1.74 million over four years from the American Folklife Center. The initiative is supported by a $15 million investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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