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State 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.

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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)

Boston, MA

MBLC Preservation Assessment Grants

Deadline:   Round 1:  TBD
                    Round 2:  TBD

Grant amount: $4,200

Learn more about changes to the Preservation Assessment grant process.


Hiring a preservation consultant to conduct an institutional preservation assessment

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MBLC / LSTA Town-wide Preservation Assessment and Collections Identification

Grant Amount: Up to $30,000


The public library and other local repositories will receive a preservation assessment conducted by an MBLC-hired consultant.

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Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)

NHPRC Re-Granting Program FY2021

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

Award amount: Up to $1,000  (25% cost share)


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

Learn More

View complete information and guidelines.


Massachusetts Community Preservation Coalition
Community Preservation Act (CPA)

Boston, MA


  • Open space protection
  • historic preservation of structures 
  • affordable housing, and outdoor recreation
  • preservation of historic documents and artifacts

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.

Eligible Organizations:

Communities in Massachusetts that have created a local Community Preservation Fund.

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VIEW THE NEDCC STORY about the Successful CPA project for the town of Billerica, Massachusetts. 

NEDCC Story: Under Construction: The Great Deed of Billerica - Conservation Treatment, Digitization, and Rehousing 

MA Community Preservation Coalition's Post about the Project


Northampton, MA

Mass Humanities grants are made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mass Cultural Council, and the generosity of their donors.



Local History Grants support small Massachusetts organizations in working with their historical collections. We offer two kinds of Local History Grants:

  • Research Inventory Grants (maximum of $2,000) support small organizations in identifying and organizing the contents of their historical collections by creating inventories, catalogs, and finding aids, as well as digitizing collections.
  • Scholar in Residence Grants (maximum of $3,500) support small organizations in welcoming a scholar to research their historical collections, ultimately producing a paper, bibliography, and public presentation.

Submission Deadlines: Awarded monthly, Oct through June, except for November and December

Complete Information and Guidelines


Boston, MA

Mass Cultural Council is an independent state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.


Part of the Cultural Investment Portfolio, Projects Grants are one-year grants for specific, eligible, public programming to provide access, excellence, diversity, or education in the arts, humanities, or sciences, and are not for general operating support. These grants provide a point of entry for smaller organizations, many of whom provide unique opportunities for Massachusetts residents to participate with cultural events in their own communities.

Deadline: March 2, 2021

Award Amounts: Either $1,000 or $25,00


  • Public programming - Whether in-person or virtual, providing access, excellence, diversity, or education in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences.
  • Organization investment - Improving the organization's ability to deliver future programming.

Information Session: February 3, 2021, 4-5 PM. Register Now. 

LEARN MORE: Application Process


Program administered by Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment supports capital projects within the cultural sector. The Cultural Facilities Fund was created by an act of the Legislature in 2006 to achieve the following goals:

  • Enhance Massachusetts’ creative economy through financing for acquisition, construction, expansion, renovation, and repair of cultural facilities.
  • Increase employment, entrepreneurialism, and tourism in the regions where these facilities are located, especially drawing new visitors from outside the Commonwealth.
  • Stimulate further investment in the arts, heritage, and sciences by preserving cultural resources.

MCC Notes: The CFF funding may be used for a consultation on the care of collections during renovation, new construction, or moving. 

Deadline: January 

Complete information and guidelines


Salem, MA

Deadline: February 19, 2021

Award amounts: $2,000 (1:1 matching grant)

Eligible Organizations: Available to 501(c)(3) organizations in Essex County, Massachusetts. 

The Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program is a matching grant program created to foster and support the stewardship activities of municipalities and organizations that share Essex Heritage’s mission to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County). Impacting many in the region, the 22-year old program has invested more than $1.5 million in support of the region’s nationally significant heritage.


Education, preservation, or interpretation projects, or any project carried out in order to improve accessibility or inclusion for underserved communities. Preservation or digitization of cultural heritage collections are eligible.

Complete Information and Guidelines

2021 Guidelines


Charles Smith,  Essex Heritage Partnership Program,
or call 978-740-0444.

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

No grants are available from the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board at this time. (2020 Update)


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 for Libraries in Maine


Connecticut State Library

Hartford, CT

Historic Documents Preservation Grant Program 

Grants are available to Connecticut municipalities.

The CT State Library grant program supports municipalities in making significant improvements to the preservation and management of their most valuable records. 

Deadlines passed

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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


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: Sept 1, 2021 
Grant amount: up to $7,500 (No match required)
Grant period: 1 year


  • Conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints, or  photographs), textiles, furniture, frames, sculpture, and historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects. 
  • Treatment costs for supports, stands, and mounts, that are integral to the treatment of the object.

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2021 NEWS:

GHHN is partnering with the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for 2021 Conservation Treatment Grant Support for Long Island and New York City museums, for a total of $50,000 dedicated funding for  Nassau & Suffolk Counties and NCY museums.  Application guidelines coming soon!


The Conservation Treatment Grant provides support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing, preserving, and making accessible to the public an array of unique objects 'at risk' in collections in museums, historical and cultural organizations of all sizes. Grants will support conservation needs of the many types of artifacts typically found in art and history museums and historical societies throughout Long Island and NYC.

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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

The purposes of the Conservation/Preservation program are to encourage the proper care and accessibility of research materials, to promote the use and development of guidelines and technical standards for conservation/preservation work, and to support the growth of local and cooperative activities within the context of emerging national preservation programs. 


The Discretionary Grant Program supports the preservation of library research materials with significant research value. As defined in the Commissioner's Regulations, library research materials mean informational materials in print, non-print, manuscript or any other format or medium. Eligible materials may therefore include books, journals, newspapers, documents, photographic prints and negatives, sound recordings, maps, architectural drawings, and other materials whose primary value is informational.

Deadline: November 20, 2020

Complete 2021-2022 information and guidelines

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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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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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


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

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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Historical and Archival Records Care Grants

Deadline: October 1, 2020
Amounts:  Up to $5,000 with no match, and up to $15,000 with 50/50 match.


Collections Care Projects - Digitization, reformatting, preservation supplies, inventory and surveys, training for staff, emergency/disaster mitigation and action projects.

Local Government Records Care Projects - arrangement and description, reformatting, preservation supplies, emergency preparedness activities

Program Description

The Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is pleased to announce a new cycle of Historical & Archival Records Care Grants, funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).  Awards will improve the preservation of historically valuable original records.

Published/printed material, works-of-art, textiles, artifacts and museum objects are not eligible. The grants are administered on a competitive basis, and funding for the awards is for two years.  Grants will be awarded based on review of the application by a sub-committee(s) of the SHRAB.

Complete information and guidelines here.

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.


Kentucky Local History Trust Fund

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

Local history organizations, libraries, museums and other groups are eligible to apply for grant amounts of up to $2,500 to support activities designed to strengthen the organization. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, collection assessments, staff/board development, local history education programs, collections care, 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 

Montana State Library - LSTA

The Montana State Library has $10,000 in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds available for adding special collections to the Montana Memory Project (MMP.) 

Eligible Activities:  

Funds must be used for costs specific to digitizing materials

Award Levels:

Funding awards can be up to $1,500 per project and must be used for costs (No match is required, but libraries are asked to track time and funds contributed to the project.)

Eligible Organizations:

All Montana libraries are eligible to apply for these funds. Museums, historical societies, and archives in the state may also apply to have collections added to the MMP working in partnership with a local library.  The Project Funding award will be made to the partner library.


Friday, November 29, 2019


Visit:  The Montana State Library - Montana Memory Project  

Texas Historical Foundation

The Texas Historical Foundation provides funds for historic preservation projects and promote Lone Star history education. Millions of dollars of THF funding have helped save important pieces of Texas history—buildings, artifacts, documents, and archaeology. 

More than 100 libraries, archives, and academic institutions across the state support the Texas Historical Foundation as dues-paying members.

Eligible Activities:

Texas Historical Foundation grants provide seed money to help organizations save their own pieces of the state’s past. Proposals for the following types of projects are considered quarterly:

  • Historic property restoration
  • Events promoting state history to the general public
  • Preservation of artifacts, archival materials, or legal documents
  • Texas history curriculum in classrooms
  • Publications and scholarly research in Texas history
  • Archaeology
  • Preservation of the Arts in Texas

Award levels:

From $1,000 to $5,000, suggested requests 


September 1; December 1; March 1;  June 1


View the grant FAQs and download the application form HERE.



Deadline: Sept 18, 2020

Award levels: Between $20,000 and $40,000

Eligible Activities Include:

  • Capital projects, such as technology and equipment necessary for virtual learning and remote work; Installation of new exhibits; ADA improvements; new building construction
  • Program projects, such as Curriculum development for online learning; Digital cataloging and archiving; Staff training; Diversity and inclusion programs
  • See guidelines for complete list

Funded by proceeds from Snoopy License Plate sales. Seeking projects that support and enhance museum services that recognize the importance of making art, science, history, and culture available to the residents of California, with emphasis on underserved communities, and those severely impacted by COVID-19.



Many states provide funding for records preservation through their historic preservation programs and other state government grants.

For example:

Illinois – Historical Records Grant Program:

Colorado – Historical Records Reg-Grant Program:

Minnesota – Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grants:

Washington – Historic Preservation Grant Program:

Iowa -  Historical Resource Development Grant:

Georgia – Historical Records Preservation Grant:

Wyoming – State Historical Records Advisory Board Grants:

New Jersey – New Jersey Historical Commission Project Grants:

Kentucky – Local Records Grant Program 

West Virginia – Records Management and Preservation Board Grants:

Utah Division of Archives and Records Services:

Presbyterian Historical Society – Preservation Grants for Churches:
Up to $500 to digitize records