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Funding for Asian Art Conservation

Funding Sources for conservation treatment of Japanese and Chinese art, including hanging scroll paintings, folding screens, and woodblock prints.

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The Sumitomo Foundation provides grants for Projects for the Protection,
Preservation & Restoration of Cultural Properties Outside Japan


Preservation of Japanese cultural properties outside of Japan. (Japanese Art Conservation Projects Eligible)

Purpose of the program:

The program is offered so that cultural properties outside Japan can be handed down to future generations.

Eligible Projects:

Projects for the protection, preservation & restoration of cultural properties (i.e., fine arts or historical monuments) outside Japan, which are tangible, old and artistically or academically valuable, and ought to be handed down to future generations.

Preliminary surveys immediately in conjunction with projects as mentioned above are also eligible.


Applicant shall be the owner(s) or administrator(s) of the cultural properties or researcher(s), who will actually conduct preliminary surveys. (Not eligible, for-profit corporations, individuals who own cultural property for profit or whose cultural properties are for private use only.)

To Apply:

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See: Guidelines and Application Form (Use past guidelines as a reference until new guidelines are posted.)

The Carpenter Foundation 

The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation was formed in 1975 as the E. Rhodes Carpenter Foundation by E. Rhodes Carpenter, founder of the Richmond, Virginia based company now known as Carpenter Co.


The Foundation will consider requests from museums which are public charities and have a permanent collection for the purchase, conservation and exhibition of Asian art and relating to education in Asian art. In addition, the Foundation will consider requests from such institutions to underwrite the costs of exhibitions of Western art in the Peoples Republic of China or the Republic of China (Taiwan).


No forms need be filled out in order to apply; a letter application is sufficient. This application should:

  • Be addressed to the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, 150 N. Radnor-Chester Road, Suite A200,  Radnor, PA 19087
  • Be in writing (no emails) and in duplicate (2 copies)
    (See guidelines for detailed instructions.) 

Application Deadlines:
The Foundation Board generally meets in the spring and in the autumn. Applications must be postmarked or private carrier dated on or before January 31 to be considered at the spring meeting and on or before July 15 for the autumn meeting.