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Through Byte4Byte storage grants for our nonprofit partners across the United States, Permanent ensures future generations have access to the diverse and vibrant legacies of past and present individuals, organizations, and movements in YOUR communities.

Grant Snapshot

Maximum Storage Amount
Maximum Intern Stipend
$2500 Per Semester
Qualifying Entities
Nonprofit Organizations
Expected Output
Public digital collections, exhibits, and community engagement with digital preservation efforts
Application Available
Rolling applications, you will be added to the next grant cycle
Application Due
April 1 & October 1
Expected Notification Date
April 15 & October 15

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A man standing in an outrigger canoe, using a pole to propel it through the water
Within a circle, a bird in flight and six horizontal black bars in the lower right portion of the circle
Person Archive

Hawai'i Lit Production Co.

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Several file folders; visible labels read "Black Panthers for Beginners", "Independence in Africa", "HEP C", "Intro to Sign Language", "HIV/AIDS", "Independence Mvmts", "Transgender Liberation", and "ACLU Rights of Prisoners"
A drawing of a man standing outside a gate in a fence topped with barbed wire. On his hat is the word "free".  A sign on the fence reads "Knowledge is Freedom". On the right side of the image is the Inside Books Project Logo
Group Archive

Inside Books Project

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A collage of black-and-white photos of people, including portraits and posed group pictures.
Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
Organizational Archive

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest Archive

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Three doors in the exterior of a white building. Wreaths hang between the doors. In front of the building, red letters spelling "Joy" are staked into the ground. A nativity scene is depicted inside the O.
A portrait of Lemuel Haynes
Organizational Archive

The Lemuel Haynes' Life In Granville, MA Archive

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A historical photo of 4 people standing in front of a house and behind a wooden fence
A 19th  century photograph of Tully McCrea Talbot
Organizational Archive

The Stray Family Memorabilia Archive

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A partial map of the state of Washington
Washington Jewish Museum
Organizational Archive

The Washington Jewish Memory Archive

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A black and white photograph of the street entrance to the Astoria Public Library - at the time known as the Astor Library. The sign near the entrance reads, "Astor Library". Behind the library there is a building that reads, "Hotel Waldorf".
Six people standing in front of a building, on which the words "Veterans Memorial" are partly visible
Organizational Archive

The Astoria Public Library Archive

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Photograph of the staff of Splinter Collective LLC posing for a staged group picture. Top Row (L to R): Sharkey; Angel; Rusty; Johanna. Bottom Row (L to R): Sam; Ryder; Raye; Nat; Monk; TC.
The Splinter Collective logo
Organizational Archive

The Splinter Collective Archive

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A forest in autumn
Nine black-and-white portrait photographs above the text "The Maine Genie"
Group Archive

The Maine Genealogy Archive

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Ella Mahagan playfully holds Lola (a friend from Samoa) with Rosemary, Ella Mae, and Hylton (Sonny) to her right. This picture was taken during a celebration at Jean and Flip's house.
Ella Mahagan plays the ukulele at her home on F Street.
Group Archive

The Pinson, Tarrant, Tuagilelagi Archive

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A timeline
The letters T and S, with the S wrapping around the stem of the T
Group Archive

The Tia Stenson Family History Archive

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Many soap box derby cars outside a building with a sign reading "Home of the World Famous Soap Box Derby"
A hat with a sticker reading "26th Annual All-American Soap Box Derby", a sweater with a patch reading "All American 36 Soap Box Derby", and a shirt with a patch reading "Champion Soap Box Derby 1963"
Group Archive

The Soap Box Derby Archive

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We invite non profit organizations who are committed to shifting the historical paradigm and uplifting historically marginalized narratives for social good to apply.

Storage grants are available to United States nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status which includes, but is not limited to, public institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, cultural heritage organizations, and Native American tribal governments or organizations.

Special Encouragement for Organizations working on disaster relief efforts in their communities or at large; Organizations engaging in pilot work, including first time digitization/digital preservation efforts, public archives and exhibitions, and community-driven programs; Organizations and/or collections that represent and uplift under-represented communities and narratives.

Byte4Byte Grantees will be awarded storage and (in some cases) internship support to help you accomplish your digital preservation goals.

Participating organizations will be awarded up to 100GB of free storage ($1000 in-kind value).

Organizations may also apply for an intern who will support and expand the organization’s capacity for their digital preservation work. We offer this as a mutually beneficial opportunity for library and archives students to get hands-on experience in building, digitizing, and preserving community archives.

We will co-build a community of practice around a values-driven approach to cultural heritage digital preservation with Byte4Byte partners.

Permanent will offer regular webinars that highlight grantee projects and promote Byte4Byte to new organizations, with the help of grantees and partners.

We will grow our Byte4Byte support network, with optional meetings and skill shares that focus on a range of relevant topics, which may include historical inclusion, privacy and security, public/open digital scholarship, sustainability, intellectual property, data ownership, and documenting social change through digital preservation.

Byte4Byte partners will have the opportunity to provide feedback on our platform and features as we continue to grow; we are committed to prioritizing new features and changes that are in line with professional values and archival practices.

Selection Process

Grant review criteria will focus on demonstrated financial need, organizational size, merit of the project narrative, and mission-alignment with in creating a more inclusive historical record for future generations.