Funding Needs and Potential Sources

Due to the interdisciplinary and experimental nature of this project, the funding needs are varied and multiple. They include everything from digitization costs, to prototype building and testing. On the other hand, its interdisciplinary nature permits the possibility of a wider appeal as a grant seeker.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Digital Information Technology and then Dissemination of Knowledge

This is a highly selective funding program that only supports large projects with broad applicability. Projects supported in the past include the Internet Archive, Wikipedia, and the Library of Congress. A project like Digital Chinatown may be applicable only so long as it is carefully framed as a prototype case for an information technology product that has broad and flexible applicability.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Start Up Grants

The Digital Humanities Start Up Grants are aimed at supporting at the early planning stages innovative projects "that promise to benefit the humanities." Since it is in the planning stages and it fulfills more than one of the categories ("planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries' and museums' digital assets"; "new digital modes of publication….in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels"), I believe Digital Chinatown would be a good fit.

MacArthur Foundation
Digital Media and Learning

This grant, in line with the overall focus of the MacArthur Foundation, is intended for programs that will investigate or create new demonstrable ways of improving learning through the use of digital technologies. Digital Chinatown has obvious applicability since it can be used as a historical learning teaching/learning tool.

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