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State, Regional, and Foundation Grant Opportunities

Granting agencies vary by state, but grant programs for preservation and conservation initiatives are frequently managed by the state library, archives, Department of Education, or Department of Cultural Resources. Regional organizations (such as local heritage networks) may also also provide this funding, as well as foundations across the country.


REGIONAL AND FOUNDATION GRANTS:


Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

Washington, DC  

DIGITIZING HIDDEN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES GRANTS


Deadline:

March/April, 2020  - Initial proposal deadline (Final proposal round is by invitation only.)

Grant Amounts: 
Maximum allowable request: single-institution projects: between $50,000 and $250,000 / for collaborative projects: between $50,000 and $500,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Digitization

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RECORDINGS AT RISK - A National Regranting Program 

 

Deadlines:  July 9, 2019, January 31, 2020, July 15, 2020, January 29, 2021

Grant amounts: $10,000 to $50,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Digitization of audio and/or audiovisual materials

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 

140 E. 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065
https://mellon.org/

COMMUNITY-BASED ARCHIVES GRANTS

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Awards: Range from $25,000 to $100,000 for up to two year projects

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES:

  • Operational support for the organization, including general support for staff, space, and utilities.
  • Collections care, including storage, cataloging, description, and *preservation.
  • Programming and outreach activities, including collecting new materials, and exhibitions, publications, or other uses of the collections.

*  The Mellon Foundation has confirmed that the following activities would be eligible in the "preservation" category:

  • Preservation Training
  • Assessments, both Preservation Needs and Collection Assessments
  • Conservation treatment
  • Digitization

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Historic New England

Boston, MA
www.historicnewengland.org

Community Preservation Grants

Each year, Historic New England offers $1,000 Community Preservation Grants to small and mid-size heritage organizations in all six New England states. These grants support projects that raise the visibility of historic preservation and further Historic New England’s Everyone’s History initiative to present diverse stories of life in our region.


Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Chicago Office
35 East Wacker Drive
Syite 2600
Chicago, IL 60601
312-977-2700

Lowcountry Office
4 North Atlantic Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401
843-277-2041

Regionally-focused Collections Grants for the Chicago and Lowcountry South Carolina Regions


Deadlines: March 29, 2019, or July 26, 2019

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES:

  • Preservation of  At-risk Collections, including stabilization, conservation, archival processing
  • Creative Interpretation
  • Digitization

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Bank of America Art Conservation Project

Deadline passed:  May 17, 2019

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES:

Conservation Treatment of historically significant works of art

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STATE GRANT PROGRAMS:


Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)

Boston, MA
http://mblc.state.ma.us/

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth.

Authorized to administer the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program, the MBLC uses LSTA funding to support statewide initiatives that enhance the services local libraries can supply, and a competitive grant program that provides local libraries the financial resources to develop programs and innovative ideas. 

Preservation activities supported include needs assessments, digitization, conservation treatment, rehousing, and purchase of storage furniture. Eligibility has been extended to include all types of libraries that belong to regional networks.

VIEW "Fact Sheets" for all LSTA Grants HERE.

MBLC Preservation Assessment Grants

Deadline:   A Letter of Intent must be submitted to the MBLC by December.            
Grant amount: $4,200

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITY:

Preservation Assessments

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MBLC Preservation/Conservation of Library and Archival Material

Deadline:  A Letter of Intent must be submitted to the MBLC by December.   
Grant Amounts:  $5,000 to $30,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITY:

Conservation treatment

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MBLC Conserving and Digitizing Historical Resources

Deadline:   A Letter of Intent must be submitted to the MBLC by December.
Grant amount: $5,000 to $30,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Conservation and digitization for access; Protective enclosures; Housing and shelving

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Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)

NHPRC Re-Granting Program

Grant funding through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission  (NHPRC)

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Purchase of supplies and materials needed to arrange, describe, preserve, and make accessible archival collections. 

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Massachusetts Community Preservation Coalition
Community Preservation Act (CPA)

Boston, MA  
http://www.communitypreservation.org

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES:

Open space protection; historic preservation of structures; affordable housing, and outdoor recreation

CPA funding can also be used for the conservation and preservation of documents and artifacts as "Historic Resources." Learn more about funding conservation treatment through CPA funding.

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Connecticut State Library

Hartford, CT
ctstatelibrary.org

Historic Documents Preservation Grant Program - Targeted Grants

Deadlines: April 30 (Cycle 1), September 30 (Cycle 2)  (Watch for new deadlines)

Grant amount: There are three tiers: small, medium and large. Currently, the amounts are $4,500, $6,500 and $9,500 respectively. (The amount of targeted grant money that a municipality may apply for depends upon its population from the most recent census figures.)

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

Preservation Assessments; Disaster Preparedness Assessments; Consultations on a Preservation Program;  Digital Collections Assessments and Digital Collections Pre-Assessments; Conservation treatment and/or digitization.

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Maine Humanities Council

Portland, ME
www.mainehumanities.org

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Funding priorities change periodically, so potential applicants should consult the MHC website for current grant opportunities. Current grant information available here.


Maine State Archives

Augusta, ME 
http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/organizations/grants.html

Grants are often available for historical archival and museum collections and facilities projects. The exact nature of the grant programs changes frequently, so be sure to check the Archives’ website for updates before planning to apply.

Historical Records Collections Grant Program: Basic Projects

Submission Deadlines:   Contact the State Archives for deadline info. 
Grant amount: up to $1,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

Basic preservation steps; Description; Digitization

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Historical Records Collections Grants: Major Projects
Deadline: Contact the State Archives for deadline info. 
Grant amount: Up to $4,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

Basic preservation steps; Description; Digitization

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Maine State Library

The Maine State Library offers a helpful list of funding opportunities in Maine as well as grantwriting tips.

Funding and Grant Sources in Maine


New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources - New Hampshire State Library

Concord, NH

Conservation License Plate Grant Program (Mooseplate Grants)

Deadlines: April  - Letter of Intent - Required 
                   June   - Application deadline

Grant amount: up to $10,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: 

For materials important to the history of  New Hampshire:  Stabilization; conservation treatment; preservation microfilming; digital reformatting; arrangement and description; staffing; preservation needs assessments; archival housing supplies.

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North Carolina Preservation Consortium

Deadline: March 15th annually

Grant Amount: Maximum Award $2,000

Eligible Activities:

  • Preservation Assessments
  • Collection Assessments
  • Preservation Consultations
  • Preservation Project Work
  • Environmental Monitoring Equipment
  • Conservation of Collections
  • Education and Training

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Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Elmsford, NY 
www.greaterhudson.org

Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Deadline: June 3, 2019 (Portal opens Friday, March 1)
Grant amount: up to $7,500
Grant period: 1 year

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • Conservation treatment of paintings, works of art on paper, photographs, textiles, furniture, frames, sculpture, and historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects. 

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Grants for Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY (Long Island), Now Available Through a Collaboration with Greater Hudson Heritage Network  

ROBERT DAVID LION GARDINER FOUNDATION

Funding Priorities Include:

Objects Conservation 

  • Cataloging & Digital Imaging
  • Conservation of Objects
  • Collections Care
  • Acquisitions

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New York State Library

Division of Library Development
Albany, NY

The New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials Discretionary Grant Program


All applications are now submitted online. Deadline date usually November.


New York State Archives 

Office of Cultural Education
New York State Education Department
Albany, NY

New York State Archives Grants and Awards

The New York State Archives offers grants and awards to support, promote and recognize sound archival and records management practices, as well as to encourage creative and valuable uses of archival records. The State Archives administers four grant programs that promote the use and care of records.

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OHIO History Fund

The History Fund supports the preservation and sharing of Ohio’s heritage by funding local, regional, and statewide projects, programs, and events related to Ohio’s history and pre-history. The fund was developed by the Ohio History Connection with a focus on preserving, interpreting, and presenting Ohio’s cultural heritage.  The fund provides grants in three categories: Organizational Development, Programs & Collections, and Bricks & Mortar.

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Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board

Grants for Ohio Repositories

Deadline: February 
Amounts: $500 to $5,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES

Assessment and Strategic Planning; Access, Arrangement, and Description; Preservation Supplies; Website Development

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Rhode Island Foundation

Providence, RI

Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund

Deadline: March
Grant amount: $250 to $750

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Historic New England

Boston, MA
www.historicnewengland.org

Community Preservation Grants

Each year, Historic New England offers $1,000 Community Preservation Grants to small and mid-size heritage organizations in all six New England states. These grants support projects that raise the visibility of historic preservation and further Historic New England’s Everyone’s History initiative to present diverse stories of life in our region.


Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Chicago Office
35 East Wacker Drive
Syite 2600
Chicago, IL 60601
312-977-2700

Lowcountry Office
4 North Atlantic Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401
843-277-2041

Regionally-focused Collections Grants for the Chicago and Lowcountry South Carolina Regions


Deadlines: March 29, 2019, or July 26, 2019

Grant funding is available for:

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The Foundation advises calling to discuss your project before submitting.

Complete Information and Guidelines


Kentucky

Kentucky Local History Trust Fund

https://history.ky.gov/get-involved/support-local-history/ 

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will accept applications for grant funding from the Kentucky Local History Trust Fund starting July 17 and continuing through Oct. 13.

Local history organizations, libraries, museums and other groups are eligible to apply for grant amounts of up to $1,500 to support activities designed to strengthen the organization. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, local history education programs, collections care, local history publications or other media products, and exhibits.

Taxpayer contributions make possible the Local History Trust Fund grant pool. People can check a box on their tax returns to contribute part or all of their refunds to the fund.

Read about past awardees