Funding Available for Sustainable Preservation – Apply by 12/3

Consider applying to the National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program for funding to plan and implement sustainable preservation strategies and practices. NEH is looking for projects which incorporate sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Funding is available to help cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. U.S. nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. The application deadline is December 3, 2014 for projects beginning in October 2015.

Planning grant activities should bring together interdisciplinary teams that might reevaluate environmental parameters for collections and examine passive (non-mechanical) and low-energy alternatives to conventional energy sources and energy-intensive mechanized systems for managing collection environments. You can apply for up to $40,000, with an option of up to $50,000 (applicants may request up to an additional $10,000 to carry out one or more recommendations made by the interdisciplinary planning team during the course of the project).

Implementation grants of up to $350,000 can be used to manage interior relative humidity and temperature by passive methods; install heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems; install storage systems and rehouse collections; improve security and the protection of collections from fire, flood, and other disasters; or to upgrade lighting systems and controls to achieve levels suitable for collections that are energy efficient. Projects that seek to implement preventive conservation measures in sustainable ways are especially encouraged.

IPI is uniquely qualified to work with your institution on sustainability projects.We have worked with several institutions to develop and implement successful planning and implementation grants. We can provide consultation and advice on environmental monitoring project design, defining realistic parameters for temperature and relative humidity settings, and balancing the need to achieve both preservation quality and sustainable practices. 

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