- American Alliance of Museums - Museum Assessment Program
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) helps small and mid-sized museums maintain and improve operations by providing guidance in meeting priorities and goals and understanding how your museum compares to standards and best practices. This program is supported through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Museums can apply for a Collections Stewardship Assessment. The most recent application cycle closed on February 1, 2023. If you would like to be notified when the next deadline becomes available, contact MAP staff at email@example.com.
- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has established a clearing house of information to assist the preservation community and the general public in exploring the range of preservation funding options. The emphasis is on federal funding, with more limited discussion of state, tribal, local, and non-profit funding opportunities. Federal grants fund the preservation, interpretation, and reuse of historic properties. The website also offers a Section 106 Digital Library with resources for the Section 106 Process and submission guidance. www.achp.gov
- Archaeological Institute of America - Site Preservation Grant
This grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA's mission to preserve and promote the world's archaeological heritage for future generations. The goal of the grant (which carries a maximum value of $15,000 to be awarded over the course of one to three years) is to aid in the preservation of threatened archaeological sites by implementing conservation, protection and/or monitoring. Programs that include education and public outreach components are encouraged. Applications are evaluated annually with an application deadline of November 1. www.archaeological.org
- Bank of America Art Conservation Project
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration - including objects that have been designated as national treasures. All nonprofit cultural institutions with artwork requiring much-needed conservation are encouraged. For inquiries about the project and deadlines, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. www.bankofamerica.com/artconservation
Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN)
- Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is a primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. Application forms and Notices of Funding Opportunities for the current fiscal year are made available approximately 90 days before the grant deadline, but until that time, applications and guidelines from the previous year are available for reference. www.imls.gov/grants/apply-grant/available-grants. Any changes to deadlines will be posted in an IMLS news release and in Grants.gov.
All grant programs identified by the IMLS’ Notices of Funding Opportunities are included here; many of them specifically target preservation and access, as well as innovation in museum and library services. Current IMLS grant opportunities include:
- Native Hawaiian Library Services – deadline: April 3, 2023
- Native American Library Services: Basic Grants – March 3, 2023
- Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants – April 3, 2023
- Digital Humanities Advancement Grants – June 15, 2023
- Inspire! Grants for Small Museums - June 15, 2023
- Museums Grants for African American History and Culture - November 15, 2023
- Museums Empowered - November 15, 2023
- Museums for America - November 15, 2023
- National Leadership Grants for Libraries - grant deadline for 2023 not announced yet
- National Leadership Grants for Museums - November 15, 2023
- Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program, November 15, 2023
- The Mellon Foundation (formerly known as The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)
The Mellon Foundation program for art museums is designed to help cultural institutions build and sustain their capacity to undertake serious scholarship on their permanent collections; to preserve these collections; and to share the results of their work in appropriate ways with scholarly and other audiences. While the foundation does not specifically cite grant opportunities, funding opportunities are divided into four core program areas:
- Arts and Culture
- Higher Learning
- Humanities in Place
- Public Knowledge
- The Mellon Foundation funds project support grants and general operating grants. Under Arts and Culture, the foundation funds projects in Art History, Conservation, and Museums. www.mellon.org
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), National Park Service (NPS)
Preservation Technology and Training Grants (PTT Grants) are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. The PTT Grants are administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the National Park Service’s innovation center for the preservation community. The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations.
Further information about these grants is available at grants.gov. Grants support the following activities:
- Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $20,000)
- Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $20,000)
- How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000)
- Grant deadlines for 2023 are now closed; the application portal is typically open during the first two months of the year.
- National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
Each state has a historic preservation officer who may be able to provide additional suggestions specific to your state or region. The offices of Historic Preservation Officers also provide federal preservation project review – section 106. To find the preservation officer in your state, visit www.ncshpo.org
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) - Arts Indemnity Program
The National Endowment for the Arts offers grants to organizations, individuals, and partnership agreements. While many of these funding opportunities may not specifically apply to preservation projects, they all share in the goal of laying “..the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities.” See: https://www.arts.gov/grants/apply-grant/grants-organizations.
Current grants for organization include:
- Grants for Art Projects – February 9 and July 6, 2023
- Challenge America – April 27, 2023
- Our Town – grant deadline not announced for 2023
- Research Awards – March 27, 2023
- The NEA administers the U.S. Government's Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program on behalf of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities (FCAH). The Indemnity Program was created by Congress in 1975 for the purpose of minimizing the costs of insuring international exhibitions.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – Preservation and Access, Federal/State Partnership, Research, Challenge Programs, Digital Humanities, as part of seven Divisions and Offices.
The National Endowment for the Humanities funds projects that range from scholarly (including books, archives, and scholarly editions and translations) to the popular (eg, museum exhibitions, tours of historic places, documentary films, and television, radio, and digital programs. The NEH also makes awards to institutions such as libraries, historical societies, museums, and universities to help build their humanities capacity and infrastructure. Grants programs are administered through seven divisions and offices. Specifically, the division of Preservation and Access’ grant programs recognize that good stewardship of cultural resources requires equal attention to both preservation and access. All of the division’s programs focus on ensuring the long-term and wide availability of primary resources in the humanities. www.neh.gov
NEH is accepting, reviewing, and processing grant applications on its normal schedule. Current Grant Program Opportunities include:
- Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants – May 17, 2023
- Climate Smart Humanities Organizations - January 17, 2023
- Digital Humanities Advancement Grants - June 15, 2023
- NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication - April 19, 2023
- Humanities Collections and Reference Resources - July 18, 2023
- Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections - October 12, 2023
- Preservation and Access Education and Training - May 16, 2023
- Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions - January 12, 2024 (expected)
- Research and Development - May 16, 2023
- State Humanities Councils General Operating Support Grants – May 2, 2022
- Digital Projects for the Public – June 14, 2023
- Digital Humanities Advancement Grants – June 24, 2022
- Collaborative Research - November 29, 2023
- Fellowships - April 12, 2023
- National Film Preservation Foundation Grants
The NFPF helps archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and universities preserve and increase accessibility of American films, in addition to offering grants that support the preservation and increased accessibility of American orphan films of historic and cultural interest. The registration deadline for grants and matching grants is in April. www.filmpreservation.org
- Basic preservation grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for laboratory work, federally funded, matching grants for large-scale preservation, reconstruction, or restoration projects, and Avant-Garde grants to support the preservation of America’s Avant-Garde film heritage - April 28, 2023.
- Matching Grants of $ 20,000 - $ 75,000 enable experiences preservation professionals to undertake more extensive projects, requiring a one-fifth match of total costs - April 28, 2023.
- Avant-Garde Masters Grants of $ 5000 - $ 50,000 funded through support from The Film Foundation, target the preservation of motion pictures significant to the development of the avant-garde in America - April 28, 2023.
- National Park Service, Grants for Cultural Resources, Consultation, and Repatriation (NPS)
The NPS funds a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for historic sites. Projects include the survey, inventory, documentation, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and brick and mortar repair for historic structures and landscapes. Grants may also fund research in technology, training, interpretation and education programs and projects, and the respectful repatriation of human remains. The NPS supports grants through the NCPTT and the IMLS such as SOS. The NPS supports a wide range of grant programs, current grant programs include:
- State Historic Preservation Office Grants (SHPO). This grant program includes Technical Preservation Services, National Register of Historic Places, the National Historic Landmarks Program, Historic Preservation, Certified Local Government Program, and State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants.
- Maritime Heritage Grants. The National Maritime Heritage Grants Program provides funding for education and preservation projects designed to preserve historic maritime resources and to increase public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States. Current grant cycle is closed.
- Battlefield Restoration Projects. The Battlefield Restoration Grants (BARE) project supports preservation partners across the country in their effort to restore eligible American Revolution, War of 1821, and Civil War sites. Grant application deadline: July 6, 2023
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF grants fund a wide range of science initiatives, with broad impact in STEM research, biological and health sciences, data and computation, and others. Other natural science institutions have received funding for specific collection projects, such as the acquisition of new storage furniture.
- Capacity: Biological Collections. This infrastructure grant supports major improvements to or digitization of biological collections and collection based information, enabling the advancement of biological understanding in important research areas, and increasing broader applicability of collections. Full proposals are accepted at any time.
- National Trust Preservation Funds Grants
The National Trust Preservation Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is an umbrella group of grant funds intended to encourage preservation at the local level by supporting ongoing preservation work and by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants aim to help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for particular projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector. There are three deadlines per year in February, June, an October. Grants from this fund are generally between $ 2500 and $ 5000, but some programs grant up to $ 25,000. See their website for more information about available funding, grant guidelines, and deadlines, www.savingplaces.org/grants
- Society for Industrial Archeology
The Society for Industrial Archeology offers Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants (IHPG) ranging from $1000 to $3000 for the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects. Funds are awarded to projects that include but are not limited to: increasing public awareness of preservation efforts, photography, videography, preparing inventories and developing measured drawings of extant significant industrial sites, structures, maritime facilities and industrial artifacts. Awards are made to both nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals. The application deadline is March 1 to be considered for that year. www.sia-web.org
- Samuel H. Kress Foundation - Conservation Grants Program
The Kress Foundation supports grants in defined program areas and professional development fellowships for historians of art and architecture, art conservators, art museum curators and educators, and art librarians. The foundation supports grants in three areas: History of Art, Conservation, and Digital Art History. The Conservation Grants program supports a wide range of art conservation practices, especially as related to European works of art from antiquity to the early 19th century. Grants are primarily awarded through institutional applications. Grants are reviewed and awarded in three cycles: Spring (March 1, 2023), Fall (September 1, 2023), and winter (December 15, 2023). www.kressfoundation.org. Kress Foundation also funds grants awarded through FAIC.
- Save America's Treasures (SOS), National Park Service (NPS)
Established in 1998, the Save America's Treasures grant program celebrates America's premier cultural resources by providing funding for preservation projects through a partnership with the NEA, the NEH, and the IMLS. The program is administered through the NPS Historic Preservation Fund program. The program is divided into two parts: