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The Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs will commit a total of $500,000 towards the digitization of two winning HBCU’s photographic libraries

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, in partnership with the Getty Family and Stand Together, a philanthropic community tackling some of the biggest challenges of our times, today announced the launch of the inaugural Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs, that aims to support the digitization of the invaluable visual history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Open to all HBCU’s the Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs will commit a total of $500,000 towards the digitization of two HBCU’s photographic archives, including the digitization of up to 100,000 archival assets per recipient. Included in the Grant will be opportunities to also apply metadata and licensing opportunities for the winning HBCU’s existing digitized libraries

Grant recipients will retain all copyrights in and to their visual assets and once digitized, the historical content will be placed in a newly created stand-alone photo collection called the “HBCU Photo Collection” and will be available for licensing on the Getty Images platform, which includes and owns of one of the largest privately owned historical photo archives in the world.

All royalties from the images that are preserved through the Grants are funneled back into impact programs: 

  • Fifty percent will go to Grant recipients, who will retain all copyright of the visual assets.
  • Thirty percent of royalties will be used for a financial donation to a scholarship fund focused on furthering the education of students at HBCUs.
  • Twenty percent will be reinvested to fund the Getty Images HBCU Photo Archive Grants each year.

In addition to being available to license on the Getty Images platform, the HBCU Photo Collection will also be made available as part of Getty Images’ content donation initiative for non-commercial use free of charge in support of learning about and reflecting on Black history for Black storytellers and not-for profits as part of the Getty Images Black History & Culture Collection launching later in 2021.

Submissions for the Getty Images Photo Archive Grant for HBCUs will be judged by a prestigious industry-leading panel including;

The Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs is part of Getty Images’ commitment to anti-racism, inclusion, and dismantling discrimination including bringing to market unseen historical content and creating revenue streams for organizations working to build a more inclusive society. It is part of Getty Images’ wider grants program, which since its inception has donated over US$1.8 million to photographers and videographers around the world.

Project Goals

  • Empower the institutions with access to content which will energize their messaging with Alumni, students and donors.
  • Provide a new revenue source for HBCUs through licensing on www.gettyimages.com - HBCUs maintain full copyright ownership.
  • Support the educational future of students through a scholarship fund focused on furthering the education of HBCU students.
  • Support HBCU students interested in being a part of the digitization process and learnings about their school.
  • Support the awareness around Black culture and narratives, inspiring storytellers to tell previously untold stories.

Digitization Award Details:

  • Two (2) HBCU grant recipients will be selected.
  • The grant will fund the historical preservation of up to 100,000 images.
  • Getty Images will manage the digitization process which will take place either onsite at the HBCU grant recipient's location or at the scanning facility.
  • The HBCU will provide guidance throughout the digitization process.
  • Getty Images will provide funding and mentoring to support HBCU students interested in being a part of the digitization process and learnings about their school.
  • Winners will be announced in October.  
  • The digitization process will begin within two (2) months after award and be completed within one year.


Grant closes: September 30th at 11:59pm ET

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