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Federal Grant Opportunities


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.)


Save America's Treasures

Deadline: December 3, 2018
Grant Amounts: $25,000 to $500,000 with a 1:1 match

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES: 

  • Preservation and/or conservation of collections of national significance

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IMLS Museums for America Grant

Deadline: December 14, 2018
Grant amount: $5,000 - $250,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES in the Collections Stewardship category Include:

  • Planning for collections management, care, and conservation;
  • Surveys and Assessments;
  • Conservation Treatment;
  • Digitization activities including creating digital tools, training, and platforms that allow access;
  • Rehousing collections;
  • Planning and implementing environmental improvements.
  • See guidelines for other activities.

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 IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Deadline passed: November 1, 2018
Grant Amounts: Two levels - $5,000 to $25,000, or $25,001 to $150,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • Digitization;
  • Training; 
  • Developing Collection Plans.
  • See guidelines for other eligible activities.

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 IMLS Native American Library Services (NALS) Enhancement Grants

Deadline:  May 1
Grant Amount:  $10,000 to $150,000 for two years

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • Project personnel staff time;
  • Program development;
  • Project consultants;
  • Purchase of equipment, materials, supplies.

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IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NAHN) Grants

Deadline passed: November 1, 2018
Grant Amount: $5,000 - $75,000 for up to two years

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Training for staff, volunteers, interns, and community members in museum practice and digital literacy
  • Developing collection plans, interpretive plans, or strategic plans using consultants
  • Collections management, care, and conservation
  • Cataloging, inventorying, documentation, and registration of collections
  • Needs assessments
  • Rehousing collections
  • Digitization of collections for access
  • See guidelines for complete list.

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IMLS Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries

NEW Program!

Deadline: February 15, 2019
Award Amounts: $10,000 to $50,000

Project Categories:

  • Transforming School Library Practice
  • Community Memory
  • Digital Inclusion

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES (Community Memory Category)

  • Engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities.
  • Planning and implementing events and programs to engage community members with
    collections documenting local histories and experiences;
  • Using methods such as web archiving or oral history to engage community members in the
    documentation and preservation of local histories;
  • Supporting events and programs to digitize or describe materials related to community
    histories, including photographs, artifacts, texts, and other materials;
  • Creating events and programs in support of community dialogues related to the collection
    and preservation of local histories;
  • Developing crowdsourcing projects to engage community members in the description or
    contextualization of collections;
  • Supporting community cohesion by documenting important local issues or events and
    engaging community members with related collections; and
  • Engaging with specific communities in activities related to capturing and preserving their
    personal or family collections or histories and supporting development of sustainable and
    accessible stewardship models

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IMLS / AAM Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

Deadline: TBD (Pending IMLS decision)
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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Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation and
Institute for Museum and Library Services

Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

Application deadline: February 1, 2019

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.

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NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

Deadline: May 15, 2019
Grant Amount: Up to $750,000 with Match  (Challenge Grant match ratio varies by award amount)
Grant period: Sixty-eight months

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • Capital expenditures such as the design, purchase, construction, restoration, renovation of facilities and historic landscapes
  • The purchase of equipment and software
  • The documentation of cultural heritage materials that are lost or imperiled
  • The sustaining of digital scholarly infrastructure
  • The preservation and conservation of collections
    (Examining and treating objects as well as for creating or enhancing treatment facilities and storage facilities for the preservation and conservation of collections)
  • The sharing of collections

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NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions (PAG)

Deadline: January 31, 2019
Grant amount: up to $10,000 (Up to $15,000 for activities related to American history collections as part of the United States 250th anniversary coming up in 2026)

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES for 2019 NEH PAG Grants ($10,000 to $15,000)

  • Education and Training
  • General Preservation Assessments
  • Digital Preservation Assessments
  • Collection-level Assessments
  • Consultations
  • Purchase of: Preservation Supplies, Storage Furniture, or Environmental Monitoring Equipment

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES for 2019 NEH PAG Grants for Federally Designated Disaster Areas

  • Disaster planning, response, recovery, mitigation
  • Preservation Assessments
  • Conservation treatment
  • Temporary storage and relocation
  • Purchase of preservation, rehousing, and cleaning supplies and equipment, which may include vacuums, dehumidifiers, and other disaster remediation supplies
  • Education and training related to disaster planning, response, recovery, and mitigation
  • Reformatting of collections when appropriate as a preservation methodology

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NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR)

Deadline: July 16, 2019
Grant amount: up to $350,000 for Implementation Grants; $50,000 for Foundation Grants

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • Planning
  • Assessments
  • Digitization
  • Rehousing
  • Conservation treatment leading to enhanced access

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NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Deadline: January 31, 2019 (Optional draft due Dec 20, 2018)
Grant amount (planning grants): up to $50,000 for a two-year period
Grant amount (implementation grants): up to $350,000 for a five-year period

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • See Guidelines for a complete list of eligible project activities.

    Applicants should have completed the process of basic preservation planning and environmental monitoring, which might include a general preservation plan, collection inventory, emergency plan, and/or basic assessments of building and storage environments. 

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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: Feb 14, 2019 and July 11,2019   (Note two-step deadline process )
Grant amount: $10,000 to $100,000 

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • Exhibition-related activities, including conservation
  • Digitization
  • See guidelines for other activities. (Updated guidelines to be released in December)

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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: Major Initiatives FY2020
Deadlines:
Preliminary Proposals Due: January 17, 2019
Final deadline: July 11, 2019

Grant Amount: Between $100,000 and $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 preserve and process historical records to:

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

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