Preservation and Access Education and Training

Division of Preservation and Access

Grant Snapshot

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Expected output

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

Period of performance

Up to three years (up to five years for programs that grant graduate degrees in art conservation)

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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, electronic records, and digital objects. Preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is an enormous challenge, making the need for knowledgeable staff significant and ongoing. 

NEH makes Preservation and Access Education and Training awards to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs across the pedagogical landscape. Projects may be at any stage of development, from early curriculum development to advanced implementation. Awards help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills they need to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Awards support projects that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce heritage practitioners to new information and advances in preservation and access practices. 

For more information about the Education and Training program and the 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity, you may refer to the pre-recorded webinar below. Captions are provided.

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Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
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The program made an average of
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