Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS

Native American Library Services: Basic Grants
Deadline:  April 1, 2019 
The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is noncompetitive and distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. Basic Grants are available to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services. The Education/Assessment Option is supplemental to the Basic Grants. It is also noncompetitive and must be requested. The purpose of the Education/Assessment Option is to provide funding for library staff to attend continuing education courses and training workshops on- or off-site, for library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services, and to hire a consultant for an on-site professional library assessment. Grant Amount: $6,000 – $10,000. Contact: Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer
202-653-4662, storo@imls.gov

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Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants
Deadline: May 1, 2019
Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly as they relate to the following goals in the updated Museum and Library Services Act (20 U.S.C. §9141): (1) Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals’ needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills. (2) Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services. (3) (A) Providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services, and (B) Enhancing efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services. (4) Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations. (5) Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills. (6) Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved. (7) Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks. (8) Carrying out other activities consistent with the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter of the IMLS statute (20 U.S.C. §9121). Grant Amount: $10,000 – $150,000. Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer, 202-653-4662, storo@imls.gov

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Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
Deadline: November 15, 2019 
IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America Program designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plan; including strengthening the role of museums as trusted stewards of the collections in their care; and/or expanding access to collections and associated resources. Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-50,000/up to two years.  No matching required. Contact:  Mark Feitl, 202-653-4635, mfeitl@imls.gov

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Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
Deadline: November 15, 2019
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture are intended to support projects that improve the operations, collections care, and development of professional management at African American museums.  AAHC Grants can support both new and ongoing museum activities and programs.  Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-$250,000/up to three years.  Matching required for projects requesting more than $50,000. Contact:  Mark Isaksen, 202-653-4667, misaksen@imls.gov

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Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Programs   
Deadline:  November 15, 2019 
The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program promotes learning and innovation within museums and museum-related organizations such as cultural centers that are organized by Federally-recognized Native American tribes, Alaska Native communities, and Native Hawaiian organizations.  Grants are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge, and may support programming, professional development, preservation planning, collections care and management, disaster preparedness, and other preservation activities.  Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-$100,000/up to two years.  No matching required.  Contact:  Sandra Narva, 202-653-4634, snarva@imls.gov

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Museums for America   
Deadline:  November 15, 2019  
Museums for America Grants are intended to strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public by supporting high priority activities that advance a museum’s mission, plans, and strategic goals.  Museums for America Grants are awarded in the following categories:  collections stewardship; learning experiences; and community anchors.  Note: since 2015, this grant has incorporated projects that would previously have been solicited through the Conservation Project Support program.  Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-250,000/up to 3 years.  Matching required.  Contact:  Connie Bodner, 202-653-4636, cbodner@imls.gov

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National Leadership Grants for Museums
Deadline:  November 15, 2019 
National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that enable museums to address current and future needs while advancing the profession.  Successful proposals will generate results that can be adapted by similar institutions.  National Leadership projects should have broad impact and demonstrate innovation.  Collaborative projects are encouraged.  National Leadership Grants for Museums will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Collections Care and Public Access
  • Data, Analysis, and Assessment
  • Digital Platforms and Applications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professional Development

Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-1,000,000/up to 3 years.  Matching required for grants over $50,000.  For Collections Care and Public Access projects, contact Connie Bodner: 202-653-4636, cbodner@imls.gov

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Museum Assessment Program                                            
Deadline:  December 1, 2019 
Supported through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) helps museums assess their strengths and weaknesses as they plan for the future.  MAP grants provide five different kinds of assessments, including collections stewardship.  Grant Amount/Period:  varies/one year.  Participation costs are based on each institution’s annual operating budget.  Matching may be necessary.  Contact:  MAP staff, 202-289-9118, map@aam-us.org

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Conservation Assessment for Preservation Program 
Deadline:  February 1, 2020
The Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Inc. (FAIC). The program is designed to help small and mid-sized museums receive prioritized recommendations for improving the care of their collections. A CAP assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The assessment involves a site visit by a collections assessor and a building assessor, who spend two days touring the museum and interviewing staff and governing officials. The assessors then prepare a comprehensive report that outlines their recommendations for improved collections care tailored specifically to the participating institution. Contact: Christopher J. Reich, 202-653-4685, creich@imls.gov

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National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Deadline: TBD 2020 (last deadline was March 20, 2019) 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. Grant Amount: up to $2,000,000. Contact: Tim Carrigan, 202-653-4639, tcarrigan@imls.gov

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National Endowment for the Arts

NEA

Challenge America
Deadline: April 11, 2019 
The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Grant amount: $10,000. Requires matching. Contact: Challenge America Specialists, challengeamerica@arts.gov, 202 682-5700.

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Art Works
Deadline: July 11, 2019
The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting museum activity that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. Specifically, the National Endowment for the Arts assists museums through the support of exhibitions, care of collections, conservation, commissions, public art works, community engagement, education activities, and other museum work. Museum projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts demonstrate artistic excellence in and across a variety of mediums, movements, eras, and cultures. Grant Amount/Period:  $10,000-100,000/up to two years.  Toniqua Lindsay, lindsayt@arts.gov, 202/682-5529 or Kathleen Dinsmore, dinsmorek@arts.gov, 202/682-5719.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH

*NEW* Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants increase the humanities capacity of institutions through capital expenditures to support the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities and the purchase of equipment and software. Such expenditures bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly.

Challenge grants may also support long-term humanities projects with funds invested in a restricted, short-term endowment or other investment fund (or spend-down fund) that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing humanities activities. Eligible activities include the preservation and conservation of humanities materials, and the sustaining of digital infrastructure for the humanities. Grant Amount/Period: $750,000/five or six years depending on institution type. Matching required. Contact: Office of Challenge Grants Team (202) 606-8309 challenge@neh.gov

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Research and Development Grants
Deadline:  May 15, 2019
Research and Development Grants support collaborative projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. Projects should address specific problems, devise procedures for best practices, and serve the needs of a significant segment of the cultural heritage community. All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community.  This year, Research and Development Grants offer 2 funding tiers in order to address projects in all stages of development and implementation.  Planning and Basic Research Grants (Tier I) support planning, preliminary research, and stand-alone research projects. Grant Amount/Period: up to $75,000/up to 2 years. Advanced Implementation Grants (Tier II) support implementation and advanced research leading to large scale research and development projects. Grant Amount/Period: up to $350,000/up to 3 years. Matching required. Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants
Deadline: May 15, 2019 
Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs that help cultural institutions care for humanities collections. Grants may fund: regional preservation field services; master’s degree programs in preservation and conservation; and workshops that address preservation topics such as collections care training; preventive and sustainable conservation strategies; disaster preparedness and response training; digital preservation initiatives; and the care of recorded sound and moving image collections.  Grant Amount/Period:  up to $350,000 / up to three years.  Matching may be necessary. Contact:  NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants
Deadline:  July 16, 2019
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) Grants are intended to support libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations in their efforts to maintain important collections of books, manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, works of art and material culture, and digital objects. Applications that address the need to preserve sound recording and moving image collections are encouraged. NEH invites projects related to its new initiative, The Common Good: the Humanities in the Public Square.

Foundations Grants can be used to support the formative stages of initiatives to preserve and create access to humanities collections or to produce reference resources. Grant Amount/Period: up to $50,000/up to 2 years.

Implementation Grants can be used to fund efforts to describe, catalog, preserve, and conserve humanities collections, including the implementation of preservation measures such as basic rehousing, reformatting, and conservation treatments of individual items, as part of a larger project that leads to enhanced access. Grant Amount/Period: up to $350,000/up to 3 years.  Matching may be necessary. Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Documenting Endangered Languages
Deadline: September 16, 2019
The Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. DEL funding is available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for six to twelve months. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork.

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Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants
Deadline:  January 15, 2020 
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) Grants help cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.
Planning Grants can be used to explore sustainable preventive conservation strategies. Grant Amount/Period: up to $50,000/up to two years.
Implementation Grants can be used to help an institution implement a preventive conservation project.  Grant Amount/Period: up to $350,000/up to five years.  Matching may be necessary.
Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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National Digital Newspaper Program
Deadline:  January 15, 2020
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) supports statewide collaborations among major repositories of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.  One organization within each U. S. state and territory will receive an award to collaborate with appropriate state partners to create a searchable database that will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress and freely accessible online. Grant Amount/Period: up to $325,000/two years. Matching may be necessary. Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline: January 15, 2020
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions such as libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and cultural organizations to improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections.  PAGs may fund: general preservation assessment surveys; conservation treatment needs assessment surveys; developing environmental monitoring programs; purchasing environmental monitoring equipment; writing disaster plans; purchasing storage furniture and preservation supplies; drafting long-range conservation plans; and educating and training staff members.  Grant Amount/Period:  up to $10,000 ($15,000 for projects relating to the 250th anniversary of American independence) / up to 18 months. Matching may be necessary. Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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National Park Service

NPS

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Grants
Repatriation 
Deadline: May 17, 2019  
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program awards grants to museums, Native American tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations for consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American human remains and cultural items, including funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. Amount: up to $15,000/per project.  No matching required.  Contact:  NAGPRA Grants, 202-35402201, NAGPRA_Grants@nps.gov

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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Grants
Consultation/Documentation
Deadline: TBD 2020 (last deadline was March 8, 2019)
This grant supports the efforts of museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to consult and document NAGPRA-related human remains and cultural items in non-federal collections. Amount: $5,000 to $90,000. Contact:  NAGPRA Grants, 202-35402201, NAGPRA_Grants@nps.gov

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Certified Local Governments Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Qualifying cities may use federal matching grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to support local preservation projects.  Grant Amount/Period:  varies per state per year.  Matching may be required.  Contact:  appropriate State Historic Preservation Office, http://ncshpo.org   

Tribal Historic Preservation Office Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides annually appropriated funding to Tribes that have signed agreements with the National Park Service designating them as having an approved Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) to protect and conserve important Tribal cultural and historic assets and sites. The grant funding assists THPOs in executing their tribe’s historic preservation programs and activities pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1996, as amended, and other relevant laws.

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Grants
Deadline: TBD 2020 (last deadline was February 14, 2019)
The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. Since the inception of the grants program in 1994, the National Center has awarded over 300 grants totaling more than $9.1 million in Federal funds. Grant amount: up to $30,000. Contact for Materials Conservation: Dr. Mary F. Striegel, mary_striegel@nps.govContact:  1-800-518-4726.

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Save America’s Treasures
Deadline: TBD 2019 (last deadline December 3, 2018)
The Federal Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants program began in 1999 and helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation’s rich heritage to future generations of Americans. SAT grants provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. The grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Grant amount: $25,000 – $500,000.

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National Archives & Records Administration

NARA

State Board Programming Grants
Draft Deadline (optional): April 1, 2019
Final Deadline:  June 12, 2019
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks proposals that strengthen the nation’s archival network through activities undertaken by State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs). The purpose of this grant program is to assist state boards as they seek to enhance access to historical records; increase citizen engagement with records; and provide learning and development opportunities for students, citizens, and professional archivists. Grants are awarded only to State Historical Records Advisory Boards or the state agency responsible for the SHRAB. Grant Amount/Period: Level I grants – up to $12,000 / one year. Level II grants – up to $80,000 / two years.  Matching required. Contact: Daniel Stokes, 202-357-5487, daniel.stokes@nara.gov

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Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
Draft Deadlines (optional): April 1, 2019 and August 1, 2019
Final Deadlines:  June 12, 2019 and October 3, 2019

The goal of this program is to provide access to and editorial context for the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Grants will be awarded for projects that collect, describe, preserve, compile, edit, and publish documentary source materials in print and online editions. This grant has two application deadlines. Projects currently receiving funds from the NHPRC may apply at either deadline. Projects seeking first-time support must apply at the second deadline. Grant Amount/Period: up to $200,000/1 year.  Matching required. Contact:  Darrell Meadows, 202-357-5321, darrell.meadows@nara.gov

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

NTHP

National Trust Preservation Funds
Deadlines are three times annually: February 1, June 1, and October 1
National Trust Preservation Funds are intended to encourage preservation at the local level. The National Trust is particularly interested in supporting preservation projects that stimulate public discussion; promote sustainable communities; enable local groups to gain technical expertise; improve public awareness of preservation; and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Non-profit organizations and public agencies that are members of the National Trust at the Forum or Main Street levels are eligible to apply.  Grants may assist with preservation planning and educational outreach efforts. Grant Amount/Period: $2500-5,000/maximum of 3 grants per two year grant period. Matching required 1:1.  Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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Peter Grant Preservation Fund for Colorado
Deadlines are three times annually: February 1, June 1, and October 1
The Peter Grant Preservation Fund supports projects that seek to preserve and enhance historic places in Colorado. Grants may be used to sponsor preservation conferences and workshops; acquire historically-significant sites/buildings; and preserve designated historic sites and structures. Grant Amount/Period: $1000-10,000/maximum of 3 grants per two year grant period. Matching required 1:1.  Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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Southwest Intervention Fund
Deadlines are three times annually: February 1, June 1, and October 1
The Southwest Intervention Fund is intended to further preservation efforts for significant sites of the traditional cultures in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, West Texas, and Utah. The fund provides support for preservation planning and is meant to enable prompt response to emergencies and opportunities in eligible states. Actions aimed at direct intervention to save historic and cultural sites are eligible. Grant Amount/Period: generally $2500-$10,000/maximum of 3 grants per two year period. Matching required 1:1. Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund
Deadline: Ongoing
The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund helps to build the capacity of existing preservation organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. These grants encourage collaboration and peer-to-peer mentoring among members of the historic preservation community. Grant Amount/Period: up to $2500/year. Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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Emergency/Intervention Funding
Deadline: Ongoing
Emergency/Intervention Funds are awarded in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure, such as when fire or some other natural disaster strikes. This grant is intended to be used for planning purposes, for example to bring in professionals, such as a structural engineer, to create a plan for preserving the building. Grant Amount/Period: generally $1000-5,000/maximum of 3 grants per two year period. No matching required. Fund is limited. Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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Hart Family Fund for Small Towns
Deadline: May 1, 2018
The Hart Family Fund for Small Towns supports preservation projects undertaken in towns with populations of 5,000 or less. Applicants use the same guidelines and application form as the National Trust Preservation Fund. Grant Amount/Period:  $2,500-10,000/1 year. Matching required 1:1. Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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