On Monday, March 12th, Program Officer Elizabeth Joffrion presented a webinar for the Connecting to Collections community on the Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions program.
The webinar, hosted by Heritage Preservation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, was attended live by 84 Connecting to Collections community members, representing museums, historical societies, historical sites, libraries, and archives. Close to 50% of those participating in the webinar had never received a preservation assessment and over 50% had never applied for a preservation related grant. To address these issues, Ms. Joffrion reviewed the history of the program, gave examples of the kinds of projects and institutions that have received funding, discussed changes and new focuses in the guidelines, and gave tips on writing a successful grant application. The last 20 minutes of the webinar were dedicated to question and answer.
This presentation helped address many of the questions smaller institutions have about preservation, the grant program, and eligibility such as what is considered a small or mid-sized organization. To view the recorded webinar and learn more about Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions, please visit Connecting to Collections and create a login. To view the most recent Preservation Assistance Grant guidelines, click here.