Who funds the eGranary Digital Library?

The eGranary Digital Library is largely a volunteer affair. For the first three years of its existence, the eGranary Digital Library was developed as a part of other programs being offered by the University of Iowa's WiderNet Project to assist universities in Africa to develop strategic ICT plans and build their first networks. Volunteer librarians and programmers have put in over 1,000 hours, while hundreds of authors and publishers have donated their content. In 2003 we received a generous grant of $236,000 from USAID's Leland Initiative to develop a protocol for using one-way satellite broadcasts to update the information stores in the field and increase the number of participants and subscribers in the eGranary Alliance. We also received a $12,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to demonstrate how commercial content creators, in this case the World Book Encyclopedia, can be integrated into the eGranary Digital Library. In 2005 we received a $226,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to focus on Sustainability, Access and Adoption of the eGranary Digital Library. We continue to enjoy significant donations of hardware and software from industry leaders like Microsoft Inc., Red Hat Inc., and disk drive manufacturers.