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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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NEW YORK
NORTH CAROLINA
OHIO
PENNSYLVANIA
KENTUCKY
MONTANA
TEXAS
CALIFORNIA


OTHER STATE FUNDING SOURCES


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.

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Hiring a preservation consultant to conduct an institutional preservation assessment

Learn More

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MBLC / LSTA Town-wide Preservation Assessment and Collections Identification

Grant Amount: Up to $30,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

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

Learn More

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MBLC / LSTA Conserving and Digitizing Library and Archival Materials Grants

Deadline:
  A Letter of Intent must be submitted to the MBLC by December 2019, with the "Conserving and Digitizing Library and Archival Material" option checked off.   

Grant Amounts:  up to $30,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITY:

Conservation treatment and digitization

Learn More


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. 

Learn More


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
  • 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.

Learn More

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


 

 

MASS HUMANITIES

Northampton, MA
https://masshumanities.org/grants/

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

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

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


Maine Humanities Council

Portland, ME
www.mainehumanities.org

Learn More

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

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    ctstatelibrary.org

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
  


Learn More


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.

Learn More


NEW YORK STATE ARTS COUNCIL / GREATER HUDSON HERITAGE NETWORK

Greater Hudson Heritage Network
Elmsford, NY  
www.greaterhudson.org

Conservation Treatment Grant Program

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

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

  • 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.

Learn More

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Grants for Nassau and Suffolk Counties, NY (Long Island), Now Available Through a Collaboration with Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. 

ROBERT DAVID LION GARDINER FOUNDATION

Funding Priorities Include:

Objects Conservation 

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

Learn More


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: November 20, 2020


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

Learn More


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.

Learn More


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

Learn More


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.

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES

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

Learn More


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.



Kentucky

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.

Deadline:

Friday, November 29, 2019

QUESTIONS?

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 

Deadlines: 

September 1; December 1; March 1;  June 1

QUESTIONS?

View the grant FAQs and download the application form HERE.


CALIFORNIA NATURAL RESOURCES AGENCY

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM GRANTS - Snoopy Plate grants

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.

 


OTHER STATE FUNDING SOURCES

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

For example:

Illinois – Historical Records Grant Program:
https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/ISHRAB/grants.html

Colorado – Historical Records Reg-Grant Program:
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/archives/chrab-historical-records-preservation-re-grant-program

Minnesota – Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grants:
https://www.mnhs.org/preservation/legacy-grants

Washington – Historic Preservation Grant Program:
https://www.co.benton.wa.us/pview.aspx?id=20925&catid=45

Iowa -  Historical Resource Development Grant:
https://iowaculture.gov/about-us/about/grants/historical-resource-development-program

Georgia – Historical Records Preservation Grant:
https://www.georgiaarchives.org/ghrac

Wyoming – State Historical Records Advisory Board Grants:
https://wyoarchives.wyo.gov/index.php/about-archives/state-historical-records-advisory-board

New Jersey – New Jersey Historical Commission Project Grants:
https://nj.gov/state/historical/his-grants.shtml

Kentucky – Local Records Grant Program
https://kdla.ky.gov/records/recmgmtservices/Pages/LocalRecordsProgramGrants.aspx 

West Virginia – Records Management and Preservation Board Grants:
http://www.wvculture.org/history/rmpb/rmpb.html

Utah Division of Archives and Records Services:
https://archives.utah.gov/USHRAB/grants.html

Presbyterian Historical Society – Preservation Grants for Churches:
Up to $500 to digitize records
https://www.history.pcusa.org/hpg