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LSTA Grants

FY22 LSTA+ODNP Newspaper Digitization Grant

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Please check back in September 2022 for information about the FY2023 funding cycle.

Through a partnership between University of Oregon Libraries' Oregon Digital Newspaper Program and the State Library of Oregon's Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Program, Oregon libraries and/or communities can apply for funding to have local newspapers digitized for inclusion in U of O Libraries' Historic Oregon Newspapers database.

Eligibility and project requirements

  • Any library, school, federally recognized tribe, or partnering organization in Oregon that is eligible for LSTA funding may apply.
  • Content must be free from copyright, or the grant applicant must have written permission from the rights holder(s) to digitize content
  • Applicant must include a plan for a public program and/or a promotional effort to publicize the project, from which they will track and report measurable outcomes
  • Applicant will agree to have the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program at the University of Oregon Libraries digitize and host the content

Application evaluation criteria

The most successful projects will:

  • Represent diverse communities and/or regions in Oregon, especially those not currently represented in ODNP
  • Demonstrate a clear scope and a manageable amount of content to be digitized
  • Show a clear plan for promoting the digitized content through public programming, with bonus points for using digital newspapers in curriculum/classroom instruction
  • Have clear rights and/or permissions secured prior to application deadline

Application process and review

To apply, log into your existing account, or create an account, in the State Library of Oregon's grants system: 

  1. Create and submit a FY2022 LSTA+ODNP Newspaper Digitization Grant application
  2. An initial review of your application will be conducted by staff at the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, including scope, rights, and existing format considerations.
    • If your request is a viable project regarding rights/permissions clearances and scope, a cost estimate will be added to your request by U of O Libraries staff.
    • If your project is not considered viable at this point, we will contact you with feedback.
  3. Viable requests will then be sent to staff at State Library of Oregon for another review, considering:
    • Whether your organization has previously had LSTA+ODNP funding (preference will be given in FY2022 to those who have not).
    • Representation and diversity of proposed content to be digitized
    • Quality of promotional plan
  4. Applicants will be notified of their funding status by March 1, 2022


Please contact Ross Fuqua (click to email) at the State Library of Oregon for more information.