Federal granting agencies support preservation, conservation, digitization, and audio preservation initiatives to preserve and provide access to cultural collections held by America's libraries, archives, museums, historical organizations, and other nonprofits.
(View the IMLS handy search template for available grants by name, institution type, or grant activity.)
(Note: Includes the former “Conservation Project Support” grants)
Deadline: December 1
Grant amount: $5,000 - $500,000 (See cost share information)
Planning for collections management, care, and conservation; Surveys; Conservation Treatment; Digitization, Training. See guidelines for other activities.
Deadline: December 1
Grant Amounts: Two levels - $5,000 to $25,000, or $25,001 to $150,000
Conservation Treatment; Surveys; Digitization; and Training. See guidelines for other eligible activities.
Deadline: May 17, 2017
Grant Amount: $10,000 to $150,000 for two years
Project personnel staff time; Program development; Project consultants; Puchase of equipment, materials, supplies. See guidelines for a full list.
Deadline: Dec 1, annually
Grant Amount: $5,000 - $50,000 for up to two years
Training for staff, volunteers, interns, and community members; Collections management, care, and conservation; Development of collection plans, interpretive plans, or strategic plans using consultants; Needs assessments; Rehousing collections; Digitization of collections for access. See guidelines for complete list.
Deadline: July 1 and December 1
Application: Please contact MAP staff to be added to the application notification e-mail list.
Organizational Assessments; Collection Stewardship Assessments; Community Engagement Assessments. See guidelines for complete information.
The CAP program is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation.
The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all of the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. Participants who complete the program receive an assessment report with prioritized recommendations to improve collections care. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections.
NOTE: "Match Your Project to a Grant Program," a convenient index of NEH grants by type of project.
Deadline: May 2, 2017
Grant amount: up to $6,000
Preservation Needs Assessments; Consultations; Training; Purchase of storage or environmental monitoring equipment.
Deadline: July 20, 2017
Grant amount: up to $350,000 for Implementation Grants; $50,000 for Foundation Grants
Planning; Assessments; Digitization; Rehousing; Conservation treatment leading to enhanced access.
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Grant amount: Up to $12,000
Organization and presentation of digitization events for the community.
Deadline: December 5, 2017
Grant amount (planning grants): up to $40,000
Grant amount (implementation grants): up to $350,000
Planning for examination of low-energy alternatives for managing collection environments; Implementation of energy efficient HVAC systems; Storage and rehousing; Improving security and fire protection; Upgrading lighting systems. Implementing preventive conservation measures in sustainable ways.
Deadlines: March 2 and July 27, 2017 (Note two-step deadline process )
Grant amount: $10,000 to $100,000
(You must be registered with Grants.gov prior to submission. See dates.)
Exhibition-related activities, including conservation; digitization; See guidelines for other activities.
NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grants: Archival Projects
Deadline passed: (December 6, 2016)
Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 for one or two-year projects
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:
NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grants: Major Initiatives - Preliminary Proposals
(Successful preliminary proposal applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for the July 12, 2017 deadline.)
Preliminary Proposal Deadline passed: (January 19, 2017)
Grant Amount: Up to $350,000 for one to three-year projects
All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may: