Preservation and Access Education and Training

Division of Preservation and Access

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Preservation and Access Workshops;
Preservation Courses or Curricular Materials;
Conservation Graduate Programs;
Residencies, Apprenticeships, Internships, or Mentorships

Period of performance

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

Application available (anticipated)

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date will be unavailable May 18-21, 2024, due to systems maintenance. NEH has extended the deadline for the Preservation and Access Education and Training program to May 28, 2024.

This program supports projects that develop and implement educational programs for professionals who preserve and provide access to humanities collections. Such materials include but are not limited to paper-based, photographic, archaeological, ethnographic, artistic, audiovisual, digitized, and born-digital collections. Advancing long-term access to these materials for scholars, students, and the public requires skilled professionals from varied backgrounds and communities working in organizations large and small.

NEH makes awards in this program to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs for current or emerging professionals. Programs may be at any stage, from early curriculum development to advanced implementation, and projects may include partnerships with academic or non-academic institutions.

Project activities must support one or more of the following programmatic areas:

  • field services, networks, or consortia that offer training and educational resources and services to professionals
  • continuing education opportunities that provide professionals with extended or specialized training in new or current preservation and access topics
  • student and early career programs focused on building skills in preservation and access for cultural heritage collections. Programs may occur at either academic or non-academic institutions

Topics and programs must be associated with the work of preserving and providing access to humanities collections, and topics may be introductory or advanced.

A new pre-recorded webinar with updated information discussing the Preservation and Access Education and Training program was posted  on March 14, 2024.

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Program Statistics

In the last three years this program received an average of
23 Applications
This program has a
42% Funding Ratio
The program made an average of
10 Awards
per year

Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program