Grants for Digitization Projects: Labor History, Material Culture

Wisconsin Labor History Society

The Wisconsin Labor History Society offers small grants to individuals and organizations to support the preservation of local labor history in Wisconsin. If you’ve been thinking about recording oral history interviews with local factory workers, or your collection includes union newsletters or similar materials, this may be a great fit for your library.

Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: $300

Match required: No

Further information:, or contact

Useful things to know:

  • The application process is simple – provide a letter describing the proposed project and how the funds would be used.
  • The Society’s Board of Directors reviews applications on a quarterly basis.
  • The grants are named in honor of George Daitsman, a Milwaukee trade unionist.

Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association

The Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association offers small grants to public projects to help preserve buildings or objects of historical significance. While most awardees have used the funds for restoration of historic buildings, there’s a case to be made for funding the preservation and digitization of artifacts or artwork in a library’s collection.

Deadline: May 15, 2017

Maximum amount: $1,000

Match required: No

Further information:

Useful things to know:

Applicants should submit the following information by mail:

  • A written request
  • Organization’s mission statement
  • List of board members
  • Financial records for previous two years
  • Evidence of organization’s non-profit status