Funding Opportunity: NEH Preservation Assistance Grants

Deadline for Application: May 3, 2016 for projects beginning in January 2017

Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded with no cost sharing requirement

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized non-profit cultural institutions in the U.S. such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, records offices, and colleges and universities to improve their ability to preserve and care for significant humanities collections. Funds can be used to pay for many of IPI’s Environmental products and services (highlighted below).

Applicants may hire a consultant to help address challenges in the stewardship of humanities collections. For example, consultants can provide advice about:

  • developing disaster preparedness and response plans
  • establishing environmental monitoring programs
  • instituting integrated pest management programs
  • developing plans for improving environmental conditions, security, or fire protection for collections
  • studying light levels in exhibition and storage spaces and recommending appropriate methods for controlling light and reducing damage to collections
  • developing detailed plans for improving storage or rehousing a collection
  • assessing the conservation treatment needs of selected items in a collection
  • implementing preventive conservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact

Funds may also be used to purchase environmental monitoring equipment (for example, dataloggers or light meters). If the institution’s staff does not have experience using the equipment, the application should include a request for training in the use and installation of the equipment and the interpretation of the monitoring data.

The program also offers support under its education and training component for attendance at workshops and training courses that address both preservation and access topics, for example development of an environmental monitoring program. Applicants may hire a consultant to conduct onsite training for staff and volunteers. Onsite workshops may be tailored to meet an institution’s specific needs and holdings. Applicants hosting a workshop are encouraged to enhance the impact of the training by inviting the participation of staff, students, and volunteers from neighboring organizations or institutions.

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