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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.




Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Washington, DC
www.imls.gov
IMLS supports all types of museums, from art and history to science and zoos, and all types of libraries and archives, from public and academic to research and schools.

(View the IMLS handy search template for available grants by name, institution type, or grant activity.)


IMLS Museums for America Grant

(Note: Includes the former “Conservation Project Support” grants)
Deadline: December 1, 2016
Grant amount: $5,000 - $500,000 (See cost share information)

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Planning for collections management, care, and conservation; Surveys; Conservation Treatment; Digitization, Training. See guidelines for other activities.

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IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Grant Amounts: Two levels - $5,000 to $25,000, or $25,001 to $150,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Conservation Treatment; Surveys; Digitization; and Training. See guidelines for other eligible activities.

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IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Deadline:  December 01, 2016 
Grant Amount:  $5,000 - $50,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Planning for collections management, care,  and conservation; Surveys; Conservation Treatment; Digitization, Training. See guidelines for other activities.

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IMLS / AAM Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

Deadline: July 01
Application:  Please contact MAP staff  to be added to the application notification e-mail list.

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Organizational Assessments; Collection Stewardship Assessments; Community Engagement Assessments. See guidelines for complete information.

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IMLS / FAIC Conservation Assessment Program (CAP)

UPDATE on new program:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) announced a new program to provide museums with collections conservation assessments.

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program will build upon the former CAP program (Conservation Assessment Program) that was funded by IMLS and administered by Heritage Preservation for 24 years, until Heritage Preservation ceased operations in 2015.  The new program will continue to support collections assessments for small and medium-sized museums throughout the nation.

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITY:

Collections Assessments

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Division of Preservation and Access
Washington, DC
www.neh.gov
The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government, dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. 

NOTE:  "Match Your Project to a Grant Program," a convenient index of NEH grants by type of project.


NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions (PAG)

Deadline: May 3, 2016 
Grant amount: up to $6,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Preservation Needs Assessments; Consultations; Training; Purchase of storage or environmental monitoring equipment.

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NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCCR)

Deadline: July 20, 2017
Grant amount: up to $350,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Planning; Assessments; Digitization; Rehousing; Conservation treatment leading in enhanced access.

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NEH Common Heritage

Deadline: June 21, 2016
Grant amount: Up to $12,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Organization and presentation of digitization events for the community.

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NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Deadline: December 13, 2016  
Grant amount (planning grants): up to $40,000
Grant amount (implementation grants): up to $350,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

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.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Washington, DC
www.nea.gov
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the federal government. It awards grants that support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.  Grants for conservation and digitization are available through the Art Works program.

NEA Art Works - Museums

Deadlines: February 18 and July 14 (Note two-step deadline process - new deadline dates TBA)
Grant amount: $10,000 to $100,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Exhibition-related activities, including conservation; digitization; See guidelines for other activities.

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National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

College Park, MD
www.archives.gov/nhprc/
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives supports projects that promote access to America’s historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.


NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grants: Archival Projects
Deadline: December 6, 2016 (Optional draft deadline: September 29, 2016)
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 - Preliminary Proposals
(Successful preliminary proposal applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for the July 12, 2017 deadline.)

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: January 19, 2017 (For projects beginning January 2018)
Grant Amount: Up 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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