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State and Regional Grants

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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.

VIEW "Fact Sheets" for all LSTA Grants HERE.

FY2019 LSTA Grant Round Calendar

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 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


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


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.

Program Overview:
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is the result of nearly two decades of hard work devoted to passing legislation that would give all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns a tool to preserve their most unique natural, community, and built features in the face of rapid growth and development. CPA allows communities to create a local Community Preservation Fund for open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing and outdoor recreation. Community preservation monies are raised locally through the imposition of a surcharge of not more than 3% of the tax levy against real property, and municipalities must adopt CPA by ballot referendum. View a map of all CPA communities, or learn more about CPA adoption.

The CPA statute also creates a statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund, administered by the Department of Revenue (DOR), which provides distributions each year to communities that have adopted CPA. These annual disbursements serve as an incentive for communities to pass CPA. Learn more about the distribution amounts received to date by CPA communities.

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

Connecticut State Library

Hartford, CT

Historic Documents Preservation Grant Program - Targeted Grants

Deadlines: April 30, 2017(Cycle 1), September 30, 2017  (Cycle 2)  (Watch for new deadlines)

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:   Contact the State Archives for deadline info. 2018 round closes June1.
Grant amount: up to $1,000


Basic preservation steps; Description; Digitization

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Historical Records Collections Grants: Major Projects
Deadline: Contact the State Archives for deadline info. 2018 round closes June1.
Grant amount: Up to $4,000


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 27, 2018 - Letter of Intent - required 
                 June 15, 2018  - Application deadline

Grant amount: up to $10,000


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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Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Elmsford, NY

Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Deadline: June 1, 2018
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. Deadline date usually November.

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 28, 2018
Amounts: $500 to $5,000


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

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.

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

Washington, DC

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials

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.

April 13, 2018  - Initial proposal deadline
Final proposal round is by invitation only.

Grant Amounts: Maximum allowable request for 2018: single-institution projects: between $50,000 and $250,000 / for collaborative projects: between $50,000 and $500,000



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 FREE WEBINARS about the 2018 Digitizing Hidden Collections grants:

 Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 2 pm eastern - Intro

 Thursday, February 15, 2 pm eastern - Q&A Webinar 1
 Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 2 pm eastern - Q&A webinar 2


Recordings at Risk - A National Regranting Program 

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for the 2nd call for applications of the Recordings at Risk program, a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio recordings of high scholarly value in the US. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will run four competitions from Jan 2017 to September 2018, and will award a total of $2.3 Million.


Digitization of audio and/or audiovisual materials

Deadlines:  February 9, 2018, and June 29, 2018

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CLIR Recordings at Risk Program Staff and the NEDCC Audio Preservation department discuss:

- FAQ's about the Recordings at Risk Grant Program
- Tips on eligibility, appropriate grant projects, and preparing your application.
- Plans for the next calls for proposals

LISTEN to the webinar here.

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

Chicago Office
35 East Wacker Drive
Syite 2600
Chicago, IL 60601

Lowcountry Office
4 North Atlantic Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401

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

Grant funding is available for:

  • At-risk Collections
  • Creative Interpretation
  • Digitization

The Foundation advises calling to discuss your project before submitting.

Deadline: July 27, 2018

Complete Information and Guidelines


Kentucky Local History Trust Fund 

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.

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