Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CYCLE HAS PASSED.
Updated guidelines will be posted in advance of the next deadline. In the meantime, please use these guidelines to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.
Maximum award amount
Implementation Level I: $100,000
Implementation Level II: $350,000
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If you receive a "Bad Request" message when you apply, it is possible that your assigned role in Grants.gov does not give you the correct permission. See Grants Management Policy and Guidance for Awards to Organizations | The National Endowment for the Humanities (neh.gov) for more information.
Cultural institutions, including libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations, face a complex challenge: to preserve humanities collections for future generations through environmentally sustainable preventive care strategies to reduce energy consumption and costs as well as to strengthen institutional resiliency in the face of a changing climate. Cultural institutions can accomplish this work most effectively through managing collections’ environment, including aspects such as temperature, relative humidity, pollutants, and light; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft, fire, floods, and other disasters. By using environmentally sustainable methods, institutions reduce reliance on fossil fuels and to ensure collections are better protected from current and future disasters.
There are three levels of funding. Planning (up to $50,000) provides funding for institutions of any size to develop and assess environmentally sustainable preventive care strategies in collection spaces. Implementation Level I (up to $100,000) provides funding for small to mid-sized institutions to implement environmentally sustainable preventive care projects that address specific, discrete preservation challenges that have been identified through an assessment. Implementation Level II (up to $350,000) provides funding for institutions of any size to implement environmentally sustainable preventive care projects that address large or multifaceted preservation challenges that have been identified through assessments and planning conducted by a multidisciplinary collaborative professional team appropriate to the goals of the project.
For more information on the funding levels and supported activities, please see the link to the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
For more information about the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program and the 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity, you may refer to the pre-recorded webinar below. Captions are provided. You may also contact the division’s staff at @email.
Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and are prepared to write the most effective application.
Sample Application Narratives
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Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions.
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