Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Division of Preservation and Access

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$10,000 ($15,000 for projects related to “A More Perfect Union”)

Open to

Organizations

Expected output

Preservation Assessment Reports;
Preservation and Collections Care Workshops;
Preservation Supplies/Equipment

Period of performance

Up to eighteen months

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions — such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities — improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.  These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus.  Within the conservation field, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings.  Applicants should choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections.  Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants should seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of collections in these types of institutions.

The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant; community colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities; and Native American tribes and Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian organizations with significant humanities collections. Furthermore, organizations or collections that represent the contributions of under-represented communities are highly encouraged.

A pre-application webinar for prospective applicants will be held December 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  Register here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/487761359429358606

Register for a SAM number and an account on Grants.gov

To apply for a grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with Grants.gov. If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or Grants.gov, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

Complete your application package

Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions. 

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Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
167
Applications
per year
This program has a
39%
Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
65
Awards
per year

Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program