ARPA Funding Opportunity for Montana Memory Project Collections

ARPA Funding Opportunity for Montana Memory Project Collections

The Montana State Library (MSL) has American Recovery Plant Act (ARPA) funds available for adding special collections to the Montana Memory Project (MMP).  Funding awards must be used for costs specific to scanning and digitizing materials.  No match is required, but funding award recipients are asked to track  and report the time and funds contributed to the project.

      All Montana libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives may apply to have collections added to the MMP.

      ARPA Project Funding Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 7, 2022.  Selection of projects receiving funding will be done by the MMP selection committee.  Please complete the ARPA Project Funding Application Form. The ARPA Project Funding Application is separate from the MMP Collection Application  which will also need to be submitted for each collection. You can find the Collection Application at: and all other MMP materials at:  

The ARPA Project Funding awards can be used for the following:

·        Paying a vendor for scanning collection materials;

·        Oral history creation; or

·        Metadata creation.

Award recipients will arrange to have digitization done using a vendor of their choice.

The ARPA Project Funding awards cannot be used for:

·         purchasing equipment; or

·         paying for an existing employee's time.

Requirements for Project Funding awards:

·         Applicants must submit an MMP Collection Application and receive approval from the MMP selection committee with the Project Funding Application.

·         A Project Funding Application must be submitted by January 7, 2022.

·         The project must be shipped to the vendor for digitization no later than March 11, 2022.

·         All project funds must be expended, and invoices submitted to MSL by June 10, 2022.

·         At the end of the project, the award recipient will submit a short narrative report detailing the time and funding required for completing the project as well as any challenges or lessons learned.  This report is due no later than August 31, 2022.

Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

·         Project is significant to the intended audience.

·         Project enhances the larger Montana Memory Project, per goals as outlined in the MMP Collection Policy.

·         Funding is important to the project completion.


Contact:  Jennifer Birnel, Montana State Library, 406-438-2041 or submit a help ticket at:

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