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State and Regional Grants

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.


Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)

Boston, MA

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.

MBLC Preservation Assessment Grants

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


Preservation Assessments

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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


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

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Massachusetts Community Preservation Coalition, Community Preservation Act (CPA)

Boston, MA


Conservation and preservation of documents and artifacts as "historic resources," as well as open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation.

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Connecticut State Library

Hartford, CT

Historic Documents Preservation Grant Program

Deadlines: April 30, 2016 (Cycle 1), September 30, 2016 (Cycle 2)

Grant amount: There are three tiers: small, medium and large. Currently, the amounts are $4,000, $5,000 and $7,500 respectively. (The amount of targeted grant money that a municipality may apply for depends upon its population from the most recent census figures.)


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

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Maine Humanities Council

Portland, ME

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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

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:   TBA
Grant amount: up to $1,000


Basic preservation steps; Description; Digitization

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Historical Records Collections Grants: Major Projects
Deadline: Watch for new deadlines here.
Grant amount: $1,000–$2,500


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: March  (Letters of Intent - required)
                  April  Application deadline
Grant amount: up to $10,000

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Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Elmsford, NY

Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Deadline: March 1, 2017
Grant amount: up to $7,500
Grant period: 1 year


Support is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints or photographs), textiles (including costumes, domestic textiles and upholstery), furniture, frames, sculpture, historical, ethnographic and decorative objects. Support is also available for treatment costs for supports, frames, stands and mounts that are integral to the treatment of the object. [Grants will not support conservation of archival collections. Funds are not available for preventive care, such as rehousing or reformatting of objects, purchase of storage furniture, monitoring or upgrading of environmental systems.]

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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.

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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Rhode Island Foundation

Providence, RI

Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund

Deadline: February
Grant amount: $250 to $600

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Historic New England

Boston, MA

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.


Washington, DC

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials

April  - Initial proposal deadline
Sept 20, 2016  - Final proposal deadline (by invitation only)

Grant Amounts: Maximum allowable request for 2016: single-institution projects: $250,000 / collaborative projects: $500,000

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has generously awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funds to support the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.



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Recordings at Risk - A National Regranting Program 

October 2016 Press Release:
CLIR Receives $2.7 Million for New Program to Preserve Recordings at Risk

Regranting program will support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $2,725,000 for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million.


Digitization of Magnetic Tape Collections

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