Preservation and Access Education and Training

Division of Preservation and Access

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$175,000 per year for up to two years for Preservation Field Services. Subaward available for an additional $45,000 for a one-year postgraduate fellowship. $100,000 per year for up to two years for all other projects, including graduate-level programs.

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Expected output

Preservation Courses or Curricular Materials;
Conservation Graduate Programs;
Preservation Workshops;
Fellow Positions in Conservation

Period of performance

Up to two years

Application available

Application due

Project start date

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The Preservation and Access Education and Training program supports the development of knowledge and skills among professionals responsible for preserving and establishing access to humanities collections. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects. The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous, and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing.

Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs that reach audiences in more than one state. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

What's New?

Mindful of the importance of preserving cultural heritage in regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as wildfires and mudslides in California, and recognizing the importance of planning, mitigation, and long-term recovery efforts, NEH encourages applications from and projects that support cultural institutions in federally designated disaster areas. Project activities can include training sessions related to recovery efforts, the development of regional mutual aid consortia, and workshops focused on emergency planning and response.

Review your application package

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a SAM number/DUNS number, and for a account as this is vital to the grants process. If you already have registered for these items, make sure they are up to date.

Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application. 

Download Application Materials

Preservation and Access Education and Training Guidelines (PDF)

Preservation and Access Education and Training Guidelines (DOC)

Preservation and Access Education and Training application package

Budget Resources

Budget Instructions, September 2018 (PDF)

Sample Budget, September 2018 (PDF)

Budget Form, September 2018 (MS Excel)

Program Resources

Preservation and Access Education and Training Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

List of recently funded grants in this program

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

Heritage Preservation, national program on cultural heritage and disaster management

Rochester Institute of Technology, sustainable preservation practices for managing storage environments, 2014

University of Michigan, digital preservation management training

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    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program