30 June 2020

University of Illinois

Funding Opportunity

The project team at the University of Illinois would like to draw the attention of Digital Preservation Coalition members to an exciting funding opportunity: The Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community program. 

Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this program invites proposals that foster the ability of archives, libraries, and museums to preserve email records. The attached newsletter, developed by Email Archives Community Fellow Ruby Martinez, provides a helpful overview.

For more information regarding this opportunity and to apply for an EA:BCC grant, DPC members may visit the project website by clicking below:


Here are a few important facts about the program:

  • The EA:BCC program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Two rounds of funding will be made available, with the first set of proposals due June 30th.

  • Projects may begin as early as January 1, 2021.

  • Proposed projects must support the overall goals of the regrant program while seeking to build the email archiving community. For example, projects might undertake activities like these:

    • Implement email acquisition, processing, discovery, and delivery services that are suitable to a wide range of archival repositories

    • Foster specific process improvements to increase email archives tool functionality and interoperability

    • Highlight specific processed email collections

    • Demonstrate how other archives, libraries, and museums can process and provide access to email using community-supported tools

  • Collaborative partnerships and projects are particularly encouraged.

  • Proposals will be vetted by a peer advisory board. 

  • Funding needs of $25,000 to $100,000 USD are eligible for support.

The project team at the University of Illinois would be happy to discuss potential projects prior to submission. Contact details are below: 


Associate Dean for Digital Strategies

University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1408 W. Gregory Drive, #246G | M/C 522
Urbana, IL 61820
(217 )244-2052 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Email Archives Community Fellow

Office of Digital Strategies 

t: 956.645.6200  e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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