Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 7/10/2023

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions — such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities — improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.  These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus.  Within the conservation field, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings.  Applicants should choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections.  Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants should seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of collections in these types of institutions.

The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant; community colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities; and Native American tribes and Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian organizations with significant humanities collections. Furthermore, organizations or collections that represent the contributions of under-represented communities are highly encouraged.

An applicant may not submit multiple applications under this announcement. Distinct collecting entities of a larger organization may apply under this announcement, such as the library and museum of a university or two historic sites within a historical society. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline:January 12, 2024 (anticipated)

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments. Individuals, foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.   An applicant may not submit multiple applications under this announcement. Distinct collecting entities of a larger organization may apply under this announcement, such as the library and museum of a university or two historic sites within a historical society.
Amount Description

Approximately $600,000 is expected to be available to fund 55 recipients per deadline. Applicants may request up to $10,000. Applicants whose projects respond to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary may request up to $15,000 for planning activities; up to $10,000 of that request may be for other allowable activities.

Amount
$15,000
Funding Type
Posted
7/10/2023
Deadline
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