Q&A about CCDI Round Two Grants

This post was updated on August 8, 2022 to include additional answers to questions about the CCDI Round 2 Grant Opportunities.

The Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) announced Round 2 grants for Higher Education and Libraries, Archives, Museums on June 7, 2022. Applications are due by 12pm (noon) Eastern Standard Time on September 30, 2022.

If you have a question about the Higher Education grant or the Libraries, Archives, Museums grant, please send an email to [email protected]. In the subject line, please include the Notice Number for the grant.

The Higher Education grant Notice Number is 030ADV22R0048.

The Libraries, Archives, Museums grant Notice Number is 30ADV22R0037.

For example, the subject of an e-mail for the Libraries, Archives, and Museums grant should read as follows: Notice 030ADV22R0037 – Of the People Widening the Path: Connecting Communities Digital Initiative – 2022

Below you will find responses to questions we have received about CCDI’s Round 2 grants.

Higher Education

  1. After reading the NOFO, it appears that there is not a cost share/match requirement. However, Synopsis 1 on grants.gov states ‘Yes’ on the cost share/match requirement.  Would you be able to confirm this?
    Cost share/match is not required. See Section D.5.2.1 Budget Items under G) Cost Share in the Notice for details.
  2. Can eligible institutions partner together to submit a single application?
    The Library will only issue a grant to a single institution that meets the eligibility requirements stated in the NOFO. The institution can choose to sub-contract part of the work to other institutions. However, the institution to which the grant is issued is responsible for all aspects of the grant as the Library will have no contractual relationship with any other institution or contractor.
  3. Can a faculty member of a minority higher education institution apply for the CCDI grant, or should librarians apply and just include faculty on the project team?  Or is it acceptable for a faculty member to be the principal investigator/project manager, and include library staff on the team in significant ways?
    The Library does not have requirements regarding which employee(s) at a higher education institution can apply for the grant or serve as PI or project manager. Personnel selection should be based on the needs of your proposed project.
  4. Can you tell me if this program offered last November will be offered in 2022 – and, if not, if a future competition is anticipated? I’d like to share this opportunity with our member campuses if it will be available again.
    Yes. The Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Grant for Higher Education is currently open and accepting applications until 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Time on September 23, 2022. Eligible institutions may apply under Notice #030ADV22R0048.
  5. We have a few questions about the funding opportunity package.
    1) When our university has submitted for federal grants before (with Sam-e registration) our controller has signed off on the submission on grants. gov. Since this process is different (submission via email) do we need to include a signatory document to include with the appendices documents? We understand we will be including a letter of support in the appendices, which we already have in place.
    In addition to the Letter of Support from a senior administrator or director as stated in section D.5.1 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), applicants will also need to sign the SF-424 form.

    2) I want to confirm that the budget workbook described in the funding opportunity in section D.5.2 is the budget workbook/worksheet listed on the CCDI grant info page under the questions area (I’ve attached that file to this email).
    The Budget Plan Worksheet Template for this opportunity can be found on the CCDI Grant for Higher Education website as well as in the Related Documents section of notice #030ADV22R0048 on Grants.gov.

Libraries, Archives, Museums

  1. I am a research coordinator at the University of Florida. Are we eligible for this grant opportunity? We do have libraries and museums.
    You are not eligible under this Notice. You may apply under the Notice for Higher Education institutions – see the connected Notice #030ADV22R0048.
  2. I am wondering which grant is the best for me to apply as I am a librarian in at a university branch campus serving underserved populations.  We are an HSI serving campus (designated in 1988 while the main campus was designated last year).  I am unclear as to the differences between the grant for higher education versus the grant for libraries, museums, and archives.
    Per section C.2 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity, an Organization that is a legal component of an institution of higher education is not eligible for award under this Notice but may apply under the Notice for Higher Education institutions – see the connected Notice #030ADV22R0048.
  3. I am the Grants Coordinator for XX. XX is interested in applying for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) with the Museum of Social Justice. However, we are concerned that we cannot fulfill the project purpose of remixing and reusing Library digital collections as we presume there are not many, if at all, collections on the Thai community in the U.S. If there are any mentions of the Thai community in the Library’s collections, we presume they are in the broader scope of the Asian population in the U.S. as a whole.We would like to ask if there are sufficient collections we might be able to use for this project, and if not, how this affects our eligibility.
    The Library offers several tools for learning what is available in the digital collections. Here are three suggestions:

    1) The Library’s Ask a Librarian service. On the page, you will see a tab labeled “Ask a Specialist.” You can click on a subject in the “Subjects and Formats” list, such as “History, Humanities, Social Sciences”, and then complete the “Ask a Question” form.
    2) The Library offers a chat service, which can be accessed on the right side of the “Ask a Librarian” page. This service is available from noon-4pm EDT.
    3) You can search loc.gov/collections for digital collections on Thai individuals and groups in the U.S.

    Finally, the Notice does not require a specific number of collections needed in order to apply. Applicants must show that they have researched the Library’s digital collections by providing links to materials that they plan to use for their projects.

Informational Webinars

We also invite you to register and join our webinars next week to learn more about these exciting opportunities!

Higher Education webinar:

Libraries, Archives, Museums webinar:

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