The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) as it is called has been in place for several years. The program awards funding to states to digitize 100,000 pages at a time for (currently) newspapers between 1836-1922.
The most recent update announced that Nevada and South Dakota are joining the program. Here is the announcement: Nevada and South Dakota Join the National Digital Newspaper Program. In addition, the announcement let us know that Chronicling America now exceeds 8 million pages.
Please be aware for those of you who are impatient, that all of this needs to be funded and that state and federal governments are involved as well as state institutions who do the abundance of the work. This takes money and time and of course, funding priorities have been difficult in the past few years.
To find out what is happening in your state of interest, check out this clickable link to Award Recipients.
Here is a visual of that chart (non-clickable).
Let us be thankful for what has been already accomplished and hope that the NDNP continues to thrive and grow.
Also quite useful is a series of about 40 links to interesting newspaper-related articles entitled NDNP Extras! Check it out!