NEH Preservation Assistance Grant Information

Institutions applying to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) for an environmental monitoring project should consider the products and services available from IPI. NEH is familiar with IPI's tools and approaches—IPI itself has received NEH and IMLS grants in the past to develop some of the most advanced preservation tools available.

Preservation Assistance Grants of up to $6,000 are available to support the preservation of materials in small and mid-sized libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations. The deadline for application to this program is May 18, 2011 for projects beginning in January 2012 ( Note that no cost share or matching funds are required and that applicants to this program generally have a high success rate.

According to the Preservation Assistance Grant guidelines, funds may be used for:

  • Consultation with professionals to address a specific preservation issue such as:
    • Establishing an environmental monitoring program
    • Developing plans for improving environmental conditions
  • Purchase of environmental monitoring equipment:
    • Purchase of dataloggers and associated data analysis software
    • Training in the use and installation of environmental monitoring equipment and the interpretation of data
  • Education and training projects, including:
    • Hiring consultants to conduct on-site training tailored to fit the needs of your institution
    • Presentations held at your institution for neighboring organizations

IPI has several products and services available that fulfill the needs of a PAG project, including:

Equipment- purchase IPI's PEM2, the only datalogger designed specifically for cultural institutions, a flash drive for data transfer, and a two-year subscription to eCNB, IPI's upcoming data management and analysis website:

Start small – purchase one to nine PEM2 monitors for $349 each
5 PEM2 environmental monitors @ $349 each $1,745
1 PEM2 Flash Drive @ $25 each $25
2 years eCNB Basic @ $120/year (up to 10 datasets) $240
  Estimated shipping cost (within the US) $20
  TOTAL $2,030
Purchase 10 or more monitors and the price drops to $299 each
10 PEM2 environmental monitors @ $299 each $2,990
1 PEM2 Flash Drive @ $25 each $25
1 PEM2 Replacement Battery Holder @ $25 each $25
2 years eCNB Basic Plus @ $300/year (up to 25 datasets) $600
  Estimated shipping cost (within the US) $25
  TOTAL $3,665


On-site Training and Consultation- to get you set up and started in the right direction. Add the following to the cost estimates above:

  On-site consultation & training, one person @ $150/hour for one full day. $1,200
  Estimated travel for east to west coast flight, room for two nights, meals for three days. $1,000


Off-site Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, Mechanical System Evaluation, and presentation of Education & Training Programs are also available.