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.)
Deadline: February 21, 2018
Grant Amounts: $25,000 to $500,000 with a 1:1 match
Administered by National Park Service
in partnership with
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation and/or conservation of collections of national significance
Save America’s Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. The grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Applications must include the following information:
Deadline: December 1
Grant amount: $5,000 - $250,000
[Cost Share Requirement: For applications requesting Museums for America funding of more than $25,000, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request. No cost sharing is permitted for applications requesting amounts of $5,000-$25,000.]
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
Digitization; Training; and Developing Collection Plans. See guidelines for other eligible activities.
Deadline: May 17, 2017 (Deadline passed - watch for new deadline)
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 - $75,000 for up to two years
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: March 15, 2018
Grant Amount: Up to $750,000 with Match (Challenge Grant match ratio varies by award amount)
Grant period: Sixty-eight months
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Grant amount: up to $6,000
Preservation Needs Assessments; Consultations; Training; Purchase of storage or environmental monitoring equipment.
Deadline: July 19, 2018 - (Watch for updated guidelines)
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: May 31, 2018
Grant amount: Up to $12,000
Organization and presentation of digitization events for the community.
Deadline: December 12, 2018 (watch for updated guidelines)
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: Feb 15 and July 12, 2018 (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
Draft deadline, August (optional)
Final deadline, October
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 11, 2018 deadline.)
Preliminary Proposal Deadline Passed: [January 18, 2018]
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: