Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants

Funding Agency:
National Endowment for the Humanities

This program supports projects that develop and implement educational programs for professionals who preserve and provide access to humanities collections. Such materials include but are not limited to paper-based, photographic, archaeological, ethnographic, artistic, audiovisual, digitized, and born-digital collections. Advancing long-term access to these materials for scholars, students, and the public requires skilled professionals from varied backgrounds and communities working in organizations large and small. 

NEH makes awards in this program to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs across the pedagogical landscape for current or emerging professionals. Projects may be at any stage, from early curriculum development to advanced implementation, and projects may include partnerships with academic or non-academic institutions. 

Project activities must support one or a combination of the following programmatic areas: 

  • field services, networks, or consortia that offer training and educational resources and services to professionals 
  • continuing education opportunities that provide professionals with extended or specialized training in new or current preservation and access topics 
  • student and early career programs focused on building skills in preservation and access for cultural heritage collections. Programs may occur at either academic or non-academic institutions, and programs must be for individuals preparing to pursue, attending, or recently graduating from master’s programs. Such master’s programs include, but are not limited to, art conservation, library and information science, archival administration, and museum studies. 


  • Optional Draft: April 17, 2023
  • Applications: May 16, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply, your organization must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following organization types:

• a nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

• an accredited institution of higher education (public or nonprofit)

• a state or local government or one of their agencies

• a federally recognized Native American Tribal government 

You may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this notice. 



Amount Description

If your program grants graduate degrees in art conservation you may request up to $250,000 in outright funds and up to $100,000 in federal matching funds. If you request the full $350,000, you must submit a budget reflecting total project costs of at least $450,000 ($250,000 in outright funds, $100,000 in federal matching funds, and $100,000 in required cost share for the federal matching funds). See C2. Cost Sharing.

All other applicants may request up to $350,000 in outright funds, or a combination of outright and matching funds, not to exceed $350,000. This includes direct and indirect costs. 

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development

External Deadline

May 16, 2023