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Private Funding Sources and Grantwriting Tips

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A good starting point to investigate private grants for preservation activities is the publication Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives and Museums. The guide is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center, and lists 2,270 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 505 foundations, from 2005 through 2010.  It covers grants to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries, and to archives and museums for activities related to conservation and preservation.

Bank of America
Art Conservation Project

The Bank of America Art Conservation Project preserves cultural treasures from around the world and highlights the crucial need for conservation.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2015

Nonprofit cultural institutions are invited to apply for a grant to preserve essential works of art that are:

  • Significant to the cultural heritage of a country or region, or important to the history of art.
  • Paintings, frescoes, or murals; works on paper; manuscripts, rare books or folios; photographs; sculpture; architectural or archeological pieces; and works of decorative or applied art.
  • On view to the public once conservation work has been completed.

 GUIDELINES available here.


Grantwriting Tips:

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Private funding sources are many and varied, so it is essential to match an institution’s needs with the individual interests of the foundation(s). The Foundation Center web site provides information on the Center’s regional libraries of materials on philanthropy, educational programs, analysis of funding trends, and other topics.  Through its GrantSpace learning community, it offers in-person and online training as well as tools to support institutions exploring grants, preparing applications, and navigating the grantmaking landscape.

The Foundation Center's website also offers FREE guidance on writing grant proposals.

See the Proposal Writing Short Course for guidelines on how to write a successful grant proposal, including detailed advice on the information required by most funders for each section of your application.