Grant Applicants - Program Guidelines

Requirements for Projects that Develop Digital Content

What are the requirements for projects that develop digital content?

If your project involves the creation of new digital content such as online collections or databases, new metadata about collections, software tools or electronic systems, or digital datasets, you must provide in the application narrative a detailed explanation of the need, intended uses, and audiences for this content, and a detailed work plan. You also must include as part of your grant application the Digital Content Supplementary Information Form. Your responses to the questions on this form are used by IMLS staff and by expert peer reviewers to better understand technical aspects of your proposed work.

The form consists of three parts. Part I and Part II contain questions relevant to a variety of digital projects, while Part III is a data management planning questionnaire for projects that will create research datasets. The forms’ embedded instructions will help you decide which questions to answer. You are required to answer only those questions relevant to your project.

To assist you with planning digital projects, IMLS has provided A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections. This framework explains general principles for planning and implementing digital projects.

Additionally, IMLS participates in the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI), a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common standards, guidelines, methods, and best practices for creating digital collections. The FADGI website includes a growing list of links to relevant standards, recommendations, and other resources. While this list is not exhaustive—nor do we endorse any specific resource—applicants considering digital projects may find the information useful.

Related Links:

Digital Content Supplementary Information Form

Adobe® PDF (117 KB)

Microsoft Word (44 KB)


Resources for Projects Developing Digital Products

A Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections

FADGI website