Grants are available to public and 501(c)3 nonprofit institutions in the United States that provide public access to their collections, including those that are part of federal, state or local government. The grants target orphan films (1) made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and (2) not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities.
The grant must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of:
- New film preservation elements (which may include sound tracks) and
- Two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print.
- Closed captioning for sound films destined for online or television exhibition.
The funds can be applied only to work commissioned after the grant start date. Funds must be used exclusively for preservation expenses and may not be applied to staffing, operational, or shipping costs (with the special exception of nitrate materials).