Connecting Communities Digital Initiative


The Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) encourages creators in Black, Indigenous, and communities of color to combine Library materials with technology to connect Americans with a more expansive understanding of our past and future. CCDI Grants encourage digital programs that add and amplify the stories of people whose voices have traditionally been minimized, and innovatively incorporate Library collections.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Library of Congress
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
American Folklife Preservation: Congressional declaration of findings and purpose U.S.C. 20 USC § 2101
Library of Congress: Disbursement of gifts, etc., to Library U.S.C. 2 USC 160
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include: 2 or 4-year non-profit public or private organizations, including institutions of higher education, colleges, universities, professional associations, library systems, cultural institutions; archives, and museums; and units of state, local government, and federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. An applicant may be disqualified if the applicant or any principal or employee has been subject to any legal proceeding involving fraud, criminal activity or has been subject to any Federal or state citation for a criminal activity. If so, an explanation must be provided.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
To receive an award from the Library, successful applicants will need to be registered in a federal system that supports the payment process. Applicants can either register on, or complete a Vendor Survey Form (VSF) that will be provided during the grant award process. We may not make a Federal award to an applicant that has not completed the registration. If an applicant selected for funding has not completed their registration by the time the program is ready to make an award, the program may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award. The program can use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. There is no cost to register with There are third-party vendors who will charge a fee in exchange for registering entities with; please be aware you can register and request help for free. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
The resulting award from this NOFO will be administered in accordance with the Library of Congress' Regulation, LCR 7-310, and policies contained in 2 CFR 200.
May 23, 2022 to August 22, 2022 Due date for applications: No later than 12:00 PM (Noon Eastern Time) on August 22, 2022. Deadlines for this award will be included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Successful applicants should make use of Library of Congress digital collections and materials to create projects that center on the lives, experiences and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other communities of color. Program expectations include: • A completed project; • Participation in a cohort with other CCDI and Of the People grantees; and • Attendance at virtual and/or in-person meetings (including a summer symposium). In-person attendance is not required.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 12 months The total grant award amount will be paid in three installments. The schedule will be included in the grant agreement and successful applicants will use the SF-270 to request funding.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Miriam Grinberg
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540 USA
Phone: 202-707-0846
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 21 FY 22 FY 23 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$60,000 to $150,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 Libraries, Archives, and Museums: A project that collaborates with cross-generational residents and neighboring communities to use the Library of Congress’ digital collections as a catalyst for artistic and media production by and for residents of the past and present. The Library’s digital collections and materials will be paired with listening sessions between youth and elders and will form the basis for coding, quilting, traveling and digital exhibitions, design interventions, and other forms of storytelling. Community members will have the opportunity to collaborate with artists-in-residence that have ties to this community.


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