NEH Preservation Assistance Grant Information

Non-profit collecting institutions in the US can apply to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) for an environmental management project. We encourage you to consider some of the products and services available from IPI. NEH is familiar with our tools and approaches and IPI’s products and services have been included in several successful PAG applications. IPI itself has received NEH and IMLS grants to develop some of the most advanced preservation tools in the world.

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 1, 2013 for projects beginning in January 2014 (http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html). 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 for humanities collections:
    • Purchase of dataloggers and associated 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

Applicants may combine two or more elements of these and other project types in a single application. IPI’s tools and services can help you document existing storage conditions, identify the effect of those conditions on collections, and recommend changes that will improve preservation quality. In addition, IPI staff has years of experience presenting talks, workshops and seminars on a range of topics associated with managing the environment for preservation and sustainable preservation practices. Consider:

IPI Consulting & On-site Training
Daily per person rate for consulting (either on-site or off-site) or for on-site training or presentations, @ $1200 per day for one to two days $1,200 to $2,400
Travel time rates - half day ($300) or full day ($600) rates, twice per visit $600 to $1,200
Per Diem expenses (travel, housing, food) – average, actuals will vary by location $1,000
TOTAL $2,800 to $4,600
   
IPI Hardware and Software Options
Five PEM2® environmental monitors @ $349 each $1,745
One PEM2 Flash Drive – 4GB $25
Two year subscription to eClimateNotebook™ web-based data management and analysis site @ $120 per year $240
Estimated shipping cost (within the US) $20
TOTAL $2,030
   
Ten PEM2® environmental monitors @ $299 each $2,990
One PEM2 Flash Drive – 4GB $25
Two year subscription to eClimateNotebook™ web-based data management and analysis site @ $120 per year $240
Estimated shipping cost (within the US) $25
TOTAL $3,280
   
A la Carte Options
PEM2® environmental monitors—1 to 9 units $299 each
PEM2® environmental monitors—10 or more units $349 each
PEM2 Flash Drive – 4GB $25 each
eClimateNotebook™ Basic Level (for up to 10 datasets) $120 per year
eClimateNotebook™ Basic Plus Level (for up to 25 datasets) $300 per year
eClimateNotebook™ Professional Level (for up to 50 datasets) $600 per year
eClimateNotebook™ Professional Plus Level (unlimited datasets) $900 per year