Grant Opportunities

Numerous federal and state agencies provide funding for preservation projects in one form or another. The following is a listing of those federal agencies and those state agencies in New England and neighboring states that provide some funding for preservation. Each listing also provides the agency's address and phone number, a brief description of the areas of preservation that it funds, and what deadlines are known. Anyone interested in pursuing preservation funding from any one of these agencies is advised to contact them directly for specifics.

Preservation Survey Information and Sources in the Northeast

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Agency:

Heritage Preservation

Address:

1012 14th Street NW,, Washington, D.C. 20005

Telephone:

(202) 233-0800

Email:

rhouse@heritagepreservation.org

Web Site:

http://www.heritagepreservation.or

Areas of Funding:

CAP grants support a 2-day site visit to assist a museum's collections and environmental conditions.

Deadline:

December. Request an application in early October.

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Agency:

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Address:

1800 M Street NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036-5841

Telephone:

(202) 653-4657

Email:

imlsinfo@imls.gov

Web Site:

http://www.imls.gov

Areas of Funding:

(1) Conservation Project Support Program. Funding to museums for conservation activities including treatment, surveys, and implementation. (2) National Leadership Grants. Funding to libraries or libraries and museums in partnership for a broad range of projects including preservation. (3) Conservation Assessment Grants (see Heritage Preservation). (4) Connecting to Collections: Statewide Implementation Grants

Deadline:

(1) October (2) February. (3) December (4) February

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Agency:

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Address:

98 North Washington Street, Suite 401, Boston, MA 02114-1933

Telephone:

617) 725-1860 or (800) 952-7403 (in-state)

FAX:

(617) 725-0140

E-mail:

gregor.trinkaus-randall@state.ma.us

Web Site:

http://www.mass.gov/mblc

Areas of Funding:

-To help libraries conduct a preservation/conservation survey of the collection(s) to determine individual item conservation requirements, the needs for proper storage, care and handling.
-To help libraries determine priorities for materials to be conserved and implement an action plan for their preservation.
-To assist multi-type libraries to acquire equipment and supplies, including proper physical containers to house collections in all formats to assist in the preservation of at-risk materials.
-To encourage and support evaluation and remediation, where needed, of physical facilities housing library materials in multi-type libraries.
-To develop cost-effective methods of sharing preservation resources, including staff training, microfilming/reformatting, shared storage facilities and emergency preparedness.

Contact:

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall

Deadline:

Letters of Intent will be due at the M.B.L.C. in December. Final applications are due in March. Check website for exact date.

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Agency:

Massachusetts Cultural Council

Address:

10 St. James Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116-3803

Telephone:

(617) 727-3668 or (800) 232-0960

Web Site:

http://www.massculturalcouncil.org

Areas of Funding:

Professional Development grants are offered by the MCC to promote the continuing professional education of nonprofit administrators in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, and of working artists. Professional Development Grants are specifically intended to help cover costs associated with attending professional conferences, workshops, seminars, or master classes. Any Massachusetts resident who is formally affiliated with a Massachusetts nonprofit cultural organization - including local cultural councils - that agrees to be a sponsor is eligible. Organizations may sponsor up to three successful applicants in any fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Individuals may request up to a maximum of $500 for professional development with average awards ranging from $200 to $300. Please note that MCC funds are applicable only to registration fees and transportation costs.

Contact:

Matthew Liston

Telephone:

(617) 727-3668 x 329 or (800) 232-0960 (in-state)

Deadline:

Last day of each month

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Agency:

National Endowment for the Arts

Address:

Museum Program, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 624, Washington, DC 20506.

Telephone:

(202) 682-5400

Web Site:

http://www.nea.gov

Areas of Funding:

Save America's Treasures

Deadline:

April. Call for new deadline dates and guidelines

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Agency:

National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access

Address:

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 802 Washington, D.C. 20506

Telephone:

(202) 606-8570

FAX:

(202) 606-8639

E-mail:

preservation@neh.gov

Web Site:

http://www.neh.gov

Areas of Funding:

(1) Preservation and Access: Research and Development program including support for education and training, regional field service programs, and research and demonstration projects. The stabilization and documentation of materials culture collections. (2) Preservation Assistance Grants - for Smaller Institutions. (3) Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants, (4) Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections..

Deadlines:

(1) May. (2) May (3) June (4) December

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Agency:

National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Address:

NHPRC - NP, National Archives Building, Room 607,Washington, D.C. 20506

Telephone:

(202) 501-5610

E-mail:

nhprc@arch1.nara.gov

FAX:

(202) 501-5601

Areas of Funding:

-To help local organizations preserve records and make them accessible by providing grants to state historical records coordinators and boards for state regrants.
-To increase access to and use of records: Documenting Democrary: Access to Historical Records.
-To help carry out Digitization and Electronic Records Programs .

Contact:

In Massachusetts: contact John Warner at the Archives of the Commonwealth, (617) 727-2816 or jwarner@sec.state.ma.us In other states: State Archivist or Chair of the State Historical Records Advisory Board

Deadlines:

June, September, and October (see above for specifics)

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Agency:

New York State Library

Address:

Division of Library Development, New York State Library, 10-C-47 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230

Telephone:

(518) 474-6971

Areas of Funding:

Funding to preserve unique library materials in all types of nonprofit institutions within New York State. Conservation/Preservation Grant Program.

Deadline:

May

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Agency:

Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance

Address:

c/o Billings Farm Museum, P.O. Box 489, Woodstock, VT 05091

Telephone:

(802) 457-2671

Areas of Funding:

Vermont Collections Care Program

Deadline:

Call for deadline and information

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Preservation Survey Information and Sources in the Northeast

Do you want to apply for preservation project funding, but need professional assistance in establishing collection priorities?

Agency:

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)

Address:

98 North Washington Street, Suite 401
Boston, MA, 02114-1933

Telephone:

(617) 725-1860 or (800) 952-7403 (in state).

Fax:

(617) 725-1860

E-Mail:

gregor.trinkaus-randall@state.ma.us

Web site:

http://www.mass.gov/mblc

Activity:

-To help libraries conduct a preservation/conservation survey of the collection(s) to determine individual item; conservation requirements, the needs for proper storage, care and handling.
-To help public libraries determine priorities for materials to be conserved and implement an action plan for their preservation.

Contact:

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall

Deadline:

Letters of Intent will be due at the M.B.L.C. in December.  Applications are due in March.

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Page last updated on 06/9/2011