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, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Knowledge for All in a Digital World

Digital technologies have transformed how knowledge is embodied, organized, disseminated, and preserved. The Scholarly Communications program seeks to apply these technologies to further our collective understanding of societies and cultures around the world.

Mission and Goals

The Scholarly Communications program assists research libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and arts organizations to realize the potential of digital technologies in furthering the collective understanding of societies and cultures around the world. The 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 also aims to develop the sustainable tools, organizations, and networks of scholars and other professionals needed for these purposes.

Since its inception, the Mellon Foundation has had a long and steady interest in preserving, distributing, and providing access to the scholarly and cultural record. Among the first awards of the Mellon Foundation in 1969 was a grant to the Associated College of the Midwest to support the role of libraries in scholarship by establishing a seminar in the humanities at the Newberry Library. With the rise and promise of the digital age, the Foundation established a standing program in support of scholarly communications in 1999.

Funding Priorities

The Scholarly Communications program’s funding priorities reflect the system of three broad enduring functional activities in the humanities and arts: the publication of the scholarly and cultural record, its preservation over time, and the services for its use. The sites for these activities are often libraries, archives, and presses.

  • Publishing
  • Digital monographs, scholarly editions
  • Preservation
  • Audiovisual preservation, software preservation, web archiving, shared print collections
  • Access Services
  • Data curation, community-based archives, hidden collections, linked open data

Across these funding priorities, the program expects and encourages institutional collaborations as well as diversity among staff in academic publishers, archives, and libraries.

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)