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Funding for Audio Preservation


As a result of the National Recording Preservation Plan's focus on the nation's audio heritage, both federal and private funders have made grant funds available for caring for and reformatting these significant collections, which are often unique recordings in deteriorating condition.

Several of these grants will also be included in our other Funding Sources pages, but for your convenience, we have gathered the sources for working with audio collections, and in particular, IRENE projects.


Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

Washington, DC   
www.clir.org

RECORDINGS AT RISK - A National Regranting Program 

 

Deadlines:  July 9, 2019, January 31, 2020, July 15, 2020, January 29, 2021

Grant amounts: $10,000 to $50,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Digitization of audio and/or audiovisual materials

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DIGITIZING HIDDEN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES GRANTS


Deadline:

March/April, 2020  - Initial proposal deadline (Final proposal round is by invitation only.)

Grant Amounts: 
Maximum allowable request: single-institution projects: between $50,000 and $250,000 / for collaborative projects: between $50,000 and $500,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Digitization

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National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

College Park, MD 
www.archives.gov/nhprc/
 

NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grants: Archival Projects
Deadline:  October 
Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 for one or two-year projects

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may preserve and process historical records to:

  • Create new online Finding Aids to collections
  • Digitize historical records collections and make them freely available online

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NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grants: Major Initiatives
Successful preliminary proposal applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Preliminary Proposal Deadline Passed: January   
Full Proposal Deadline: July 11, 2019
Grant Amount:$100,000 to  $350,000 for one to three-year projects

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:

  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Division of Preservation and Access
www.neh.gov

NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCCR)

Deadline: July 16, 2019
Grant amount: up to $350,000 for Implementation Projects

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • Implementing preservation measures, such as digitization
  • preserving and improving access to born-digital sources
  • rehousing
  • conservation treatment leading to enhanced access

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Grammy Museum 

Los Angeles, CA

GRAMMY Museum Grant Programs

Deadline: Letter of Inquiry - October 

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Museum grants are offered in two categories:

  • Preservation 
  • Research

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Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings Grants

Deadline: December 15, annually
Amounts: From $2,000 tp $10,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Projects involving preservation in any valid and reasonable fashion.

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The National Recording Preservation Foundation (NRPF)

The National Recording Preservation Foundation offers grants to non-profit archives, libraries, museums, universities and other entities engaged in the preservation of audio materials that demonstrate cultural or historical importance and are held within the United States of America.

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • Preservation and/or archiving
  • digitization
  • collection appraisal and planning
  • material or professional conservation
  • creation of means for public and or research access to collections

FOR MORE INFORMATION, write to NRPF at grants@recordingpreservation.org.

Put in the subject line: Request for Grant Application Details. They will send by return email full information on how to apply.