Grants for Digitization Projects: WHS Mini-Grants

The annual mini-grant program from the Wisconsin Council for Local History and the Wisconsin Historical Society supports projects and activities that strengthen a local organization’s ability to manage and preserve historical collections. Only historical organizations that are affiliates of WHS are eligible to apply. Public libraries may develop projects in collaboration with local historical organizations, but the grant application must be submitted by the local affiliate.

Deadline: June 3, 2016. First-time applicants are required to submit a draft of their application to their Field Services representative by May 2, 2016.

Maximum amount: $700             

Match required: Yes, 1:1 match. Organizations that raise new matching funds for the project (through member donations, fundraisers, or a gift/grant from a local business, etc.) are more competitive than organizations that designate funds from existing sources.

Further information:

Primary webpage:

Webinar: Tips for Applying for a Wisconsin Historical Society Mini-Grant, Thursday, April 21, 2016, 10:30 am.
To register:

WHS Field Services representatives:       

See for a region map.

Useful things to know:

  • Applications must be submitted by mail (no online submission option).
  • Funding is intended to support collections care and management. Digitization projects should be framed with that emphasis in mind. For example, will digitization support preservation by reducing handling of fragile originals? Will it enhance collection management through the creation of standardized cataloging/metadata?