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Advancing Open Knowledge Grants

Furthering diversity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism through open knowledge and innovation


Harvard Library's Advancing Open Knowledge Grants Program seeks to advance open knowledge and foster innovation to further diversity, inclusion, belonging and anti-racism

This new grant program provides project awards of up to $10,000. Projects can take a variety of forms, but should be grounded in Harvard Library’s values. Library staff are encouraged to partner with Harvard faculty, centers, or departments.

Who is eligible?

All members of the Harvard community are invited to submit proposals. Preference will be given to library staff partnerships with faculty, departments, or centers.

There is a preference for smaller projects that can be accomplished in a six-month timeframe. Applicants with longer-term, more complex projects are be encouraged to drill down and segment their work product.

Requirements for Awardees

Grant recipients are asked to propose how they would like to share their work. Examples include:

  • blog posts
  • social media posts
  • public presentation
  • videos


Explore past innovation grant projects

How to Apply

The first round of applications will open November 5, 2020. Applications are being accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis every six months from January 2021 through December 2022.


December 11, 2020 - first application round will close; awards to be announced in early 2021.

How to Apply

More information coming soon!

About the Program

Harvard Library is grateful to the Arcadia Foundation for their generosity in providing the funds that make this program possible. 

Advancing Open Knowledge grants were preceded by the S.T. Lee Innovation Grants. To find information about prior grant awards visit our Innovation Portfolio.


Contact Colleen Cressman, Claire DeMarco, or Jehan Sinclair for more information.