Digital Flowers Shout Out: An AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library x Project STAND Archival Microgrant Initiative

Student organizers from BIPOC communities are often the heartbeat of social movements that lead to transformative justice, the development of spaces that celebrate marginalized communities, push institutions to change policies supporting institutional racism or dismantle other discriminatory practices that are abusive toward BIPOC students. Activists from marginalized student communities were integral to the protests of 2020’s racial reckoning in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbury. Student organizers hold institutions and communities accountable demanding redress against the long history of white supremacy, shifting funds away from campus police, to repatriating stolen artifacts to their rightful homes. We want to help give these agents of change their flowers, past and present!

Our Digital Flowers Shout Out (DFSO) supports organizations and institutions that want the histories and contributions of BIPOC student activists and their organizations accessible through digitization projects that help democratize access of important accounts from Black joy to cross-cultural collaborations, inter-generational dialog, cultural celebrations, traditions, protests/demonstrations, to examples of self-care etc. Through the generosity of The Mellon Foundation, partners in the “Building Capacity in the Ethical Documentation and Archiving of Student Activism in BIPOC Communities” grant project – Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library and Project STAND–DFSO will provide a micro-grant up to $10k to support vendor costs for digitizing records, hiring project staff, preservation needs, to supporting subscriptions for digital platforms, equipment etc. 

Review application process here

Deadline: November 22, 2021

Micro-grant informational Webinars

We are also happy to announce that we will host two micro-grant informational webinars, including one specifically geared toward HBCUs!

The sessions will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 11 am for HBCUs

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 2 pm for any interested institutions/organizations

The webinars will be led by Andrea Jackson Gavin, Director of Engagement and Scholarship,  Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library


Eligible projects must be related to documenting or/and providing access to records related to contemporary or historical student activism within marginalized communities. Appropriate expenditures include hiring student workers, contracting reproduction or digitization services, in-house digitization costs, or other technologies related to preserving and making student activism records accessible. Institutions may also apply for a two-year Archive-It subscription.

Archive-It Subscription Applications  

Funding is available for five Project STAND member institutions to receive access to a two-year Archive-It instance. Archive-It is the leading web archiving solution for a wide-range of organizations, including academic, federal, state or local libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions. Archive-It partners benefit from access to in-depth training, documentation, and technical support from the Internet Archive’s professional web archivists and engineers. Archive-It will be useful for institutions seeking to work with student organizers; these student activists will have identified an interest in preserving their content (websites, social media, digital humanities projects, etc.) for public access and their willingness to work with the college or university archivist to frame descriptions for harvested content.  

If applying only for the Archive-It instance, funds will be paid directly to Archive-It for the two-year subscription.  An institution may apply for both the Archive-It instance, and a small digitization project. If awarded both, institutions will receive the $8,000 grant and a two-year subscription to Archive-It  (paid directly to Archive-It).  


Project STAND will review and evaluate all eligible applications received by November 22, 2021.  Completed applications will be reviewed by the Project STAND Advisory Board. Any Advisory Board members who have a conflict of interest will be asked to refrain from evaluating relevant applications. Grants will be selected on a competitive basis by Project STAND, which will give preference to those organizations with limited digitization resources or experience. In determining whether an applicant shall receive a grant, the following criteria will be considered: 

  • Does the project relate to documenting student activism in African American, Latinx, Asian American, Undocumented, LGBTQ, or other historically underdocumented student populations? 
  • Is the project proposal scope clear and responsibilities well-defined? 
  • Does the project utilize ethical practices for collecting, preserving, and making student activism records accessible? 
  • Are the proposed expenditures cost effective? 
  • Does the proposal adhere to grant project application requirements and does it contain sufficient information for Project STAND decision-making? 
  • Is the financial information submitted realistic and accurate? 
  • In general, is the project aligned with the goals and objectives of Project STAND?


Grant Applications must be received by Project STAND by November 22, 2021. 

Applicants will be notified of Project STAND’s decision by December 2021. 

Grant Projects will begin once Project STAND receives the signed and executed contract, and no later than February 1, 2022.  

Update Reports are due every six months after the project begins. 

Digitization project is due on or before June 30, 2023 and the final performance and financial reports are due by July 1, 2023 and the reports are due by

July 31, 2023. 


Direct questions about the grant application process or project administration to (Project STAND Coordinator) at projectstandarchives@gmail.com


All micro-grant recipients must complete and sign an agreement with AUC Woodruff Library and Project STAND before beginning the micro-grant project. Recipients must submit project update reports every six months after beginning the grant based on a template provided, and a final report to be submitted by July 1, 2023.  


To apply, complete the application form(s) by November 22, 2021.  Microgrant submission formArchive-It submission form

The application forms include contact information, description of content, and ability to upload attachments listed below.

  • Letter of support (PDF) from an institution officer (Department Head, Library Director, etc.) must be included to confirm ability and willingness to accept funding and complete project implementation
  • For Archive-IT  applications, include names and urls of websites to be archived
  • For Archive-IT Applications include urls
  • For digitization project applications, include sample(s) (JPG or PDF) of no more than 5 images of material to be digitized
  • For digitization project applications, submit a budget (PDF) that includes conversion costs, hosting fees (if applicable), student worker salaries  

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AUC Woodruff Library and Project STAND Award $80,000 in Micro-grants to Digitize BIPOC Student Activism

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library and Project STAND are pleased to announce the recipients of the Digital Flowers Shout Out (DFSO) Micro-grant Initiative.  The DFSO Micro-grants are intended to recognize student organizers who have held institutions and communities accountable over a long history of racism, inequality, and injustices by sharing their stories broadly with the world while “giving them their flowers.”  Micro-grants awarded by the AUC Woodruff Library and Project STAND will support organizations and institutions in making the histories and contributions of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) student activists and their organizations accessible through digitization projects totaling up to $80,000.  The awardees’ projects range in scope and provide increased awareness of essential accounts of activists – documenting various themes such as protests and demonstrations, cross-cultural collaborations, traditions, inter-generational dialog, and many others.

Through the generosity of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the partners in the “Building Capacity in the Ethical Documentation and Archiving of Student Activism in BIPOC Communities” project are providing micro-grants to aid the recipients in a variety of ways, including supporting vendor costs for digitizing records, hiring project staff, supplying basic preservation needs, securing subscriptions for digital platforms, and acquiring the necessary equipment.

AUC Woodruff Library and Project STAND are excited to support these diverse projects which, upon completion, will provide increased accessibility to historical records and awareness of BIPOC student activism on campuses across the nation. Digitized projects will be accessible from each institution in 2023, and elements of each project will be viewable on the Project STAND website.  


CASCADE at Howard University

Project: CASCADE Oral Histories

Organization: Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality (CASCADE)

The CASCADE oral history project will highlight the experiences of former organizational leaders of Howard University’s long-standing LGBT+ student organization. The project will preserve and catalog the work and legacies of student activists spanning from the 1970s to the present.

Lehigh University

Project: Lehigh Student Activism Archive

Organization: Institute on Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Lehigh University will create a digital collection of photographs, flyers, student newspaper articles, student demands, blogs, and other documents pertaining to student activism at the University. The materials range from the 1960s through contemporary movements and include the development of the Institute on Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, inspired by student demands.

South Carolina State University

Project: SC State Student Newspaper Collection

South Carolina State (SC State) University’s special collections include holdings related to student protests, as well as the Orangeburg Massacre in 1968, during which 28 African-American students were shot (three killed) on the campus of South Carolina State College (currently South Carolina State University) by the South Carolina National Guard while protesting against racial segregation. The collections to be digitized include the student newspaper, The Collegian, from the 1920s to the 2000s.

Emergent Grounds for Design Education

Project: Emergent Grounds Archive Collection

Tulane University will utilize micro-grant funds to support the digitization of a collection of petitions, letters, reports, and documents produced following a racial justice uprising in the Summer and Fall of 2020.  The movement included student and alumni activists of the United States and Canadian schools of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and other built-environment design disciplines.

University of Colorado

Project: Colorado Daily newspaper collection

The Colorado Daily newspaper contains significant historical accounts of student activism and social justice led by underrepresented campus communities at Colorado University – Boulder, including Latinx, LGBTQ+, Black, and Indigenous student groups, particularly during the 1970s. The Colorado Daily also documents Latinx student participation on campus and nationwide in protests such as the United Farm Workers lettuce boycott, student occupations of buildings to advocate for financial aid and educational equality, and confrontations with campus administration about shared issues involving racism on campus with the Black Student Alliance (BSA).

University of Kentucky

Project: Wildcat Histories: Preserving Activist UK Student Organizations’ Legacies

The University of Kentucky Libraries & Latino Student Union (LSU)-proposed Wildcat Histories project will use LSU digital archival records as a pilot for developing procedures and guidelines for preserving social media of student organizations. Through this project, the University will also execute an outreach initiative to work with 15 additional BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or non-Christian religious student organizations that have been on campus for 10 or more years, in an effort to preserve their histories.

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library partners with the nation’s largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities: Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College to provide information management, instruction and access to global information resources in support of teaching and learning, scholarship and cultural preservation of the AUC.  The Library is the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Home to a premier Archives Research Center, the Library provides collaborative leadership in the preservation, access, and collection development of unique archival resources documenting African American history and culture. To learn more, visit www.auctr.edu.

Project STAND is a radical, grassroots archival consortia project between colleges and universities across the United States to create a centralized, digital space highlighting analog and digital collections which emphasize student activism in marginalized communities. Project STAND aims to foster ethical documentation of contemporary and past social justice movements in underdocumented student populations. STAND advocates for collections by collaborating with educators to provide pedagogical support, create digital resources, and host workshops and forums to build communities with student organizers and their allies, leading to sustainable relationships, and inclusive physical and digital spaces of accountability, diversity, and equity. Visit http://standarchives.com for more information.