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Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Date: 1/9/2012

National Endowment for the Humanities

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Receipt Deadline: May 1, 2012 (for projects beginning January 2013)

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 humanties collections.  These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recording, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. 

Applicants must draw in the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities that are the focus of their projects.  Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings.  Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections.  Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about archives and preservation.  Because the organization and the preservation of archival collections must be approached in tandem, an archival consultant should also provice advice about the management and processing needs of such holdings as part of a preservation assessment that includes long-term plans for that arrangement and description of archival collections.
Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.

Preservation Assistance Grants may be used for purposes like these:

General preservation assessments

Consultations with professionals to address a specific preservation issue, need, or problem

Purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies

Purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for humanities collections

Education and training


 For more information, go to http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/PAG.html

If you have questions about the program, contact:

Division of Preservation and Access
Room 411
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506


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