Scholarly Communications Program Grants

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Scholarly Communications program promotes the common good by supporting the creation, dissemination, use, and preservation of original sources, interpretive scholarship in the humanities, and other scholarly and artistic materials.  The program aims to develop the sustainable tools, organizations, and networks of scholars and other professionals needed for these purposes. 

New areas and strengthened emphasis include:

  • A multi-pronged plan to assist the evolution of academic publishing in the Internet age
  • Preservation of digital scholarship and collections, with a special emphasis on born-digital publications
  • Support for digitizing Hidden Collections and making them broadly accessible
  • A global collections initiative to provide access to non-English language resources

All grants result from invitations issued by the Foundation to institutions with which staff have engaged in preliminary exchanges. We are unable to consider uninvited proposals; however, staff welcome letters of inquiry regarding ideas that fall within the program and review them throughout the year. Before sending any material, send a brief inquiry by email to [email protected].  

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants:
    • Organizations in the United States that have been determined by the IRS to be 501(c)(3) charities
      • Includes universities, museums, libraries, and performing arts organizations that pursue scholarly, cultural, and charitable missions
    • Organizations outside the United States that are equivalent to US public charities
      • A non-US organization without a 501(c)(3) ruling from the IRS should be prepared to demonstrate its capacity to receive Foundation funds, either through determination by counsel that it is the equivalent of a US public charity or by other means of qualification.
    • The Foundation, at its discretion, may make restricted grants to organizations without such an equivalency determination, including to domestic for-profit organizations and foreign entities. 


  • Ineligible applicants:
    • Individuals
  • Ineligible costs:
    • Endowment management fees
    • Student tuition
    • Library acquisitions
    • K–12 initiatives
    • Overhead
    • Indirect costs
    • Capital costs (construction, renovation, equipment)