Recordings at Risk

Funding Agency:
Council on Library and Information Resources

CLIR is now accepting applications from collecting organizations for the digital reformatting of audio and audiovisual materials through the Recordings at Risk grant program. Generously funded by the Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk is focused on digitally preserving “at-risk” recorded content of high importance to researchers and the general public.

Awards will cover direct costs of preservation reformatting for aging audio, audiovisual, or visual time-based media by eligible U.S. nonprofit organizations working with experienced service providers. To make their determinations, CLIR’s independent review panel will assess the potential scholarly or public impact of proposed projects, the urgency of undertaking those projects, the viability of applicants’ plans for long-term preservation, and the appropriateness of the planned approach to creating access.

Applicant organizations may submit only one application per cycle. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Deadline: April 17, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. nonprofit academic, research, or cultural heritage organizations. Please note that:

  • Both the applicant organization and its collections must be located in the United States or an associated entity, e.g. the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or American Samoa.
  • Grants may be made to government units and their agencies or instrumentalities, provided that cultural heritage is the primary function of the unit and grant funds will be used for charitable purposes within the scope of the Recordings at Risk program. We recommend that government units wishing to apply for a Recordings at Risk grant contact the CLIR Grants Team to ascertain their eligibility.
  • Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations are eligible to apply for funding.
    • For purposes of funding under this program, “Indian tribe” means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)), which is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A list of eligible entities is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, except for the recognized Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations, which should refer to applicable provisions in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, referenced above. Any tribal entities, including those not currently covered by the above description, are encouraged to contact the CLIR Grants Team to discuss questions of eligibility for this program.

Amount Description

  • Applicants may request as little as $10,000 or as much as $50,000 per project.
  • The grant may fund up to 100% of the direct costs of audio or audiovisual digital reformatting services to be provided by an external service provider.
    • In-house digitization projects are not eligible for this program.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 17, 2024