National Endowment for the Humanities Grants Available Now

NEH LogoSustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC): Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.

SCHC offers two kinds of awards: 1. PLANNING−To help an institution develop and assess preventive conservation strategies, grants will support planning projects, which may encompass such activities as site visits, risk assessments, planning sessions, monitoring, testing, modeling, project-specific research, and preliminary designs for implementation projects. Planning grants must focus on exploring sustainable preventive conservation strategies. 2. IMPLEMENTATION−Projects should be based on planning that has been specific to the needs of the institution and its collections within the context of its local environment. It is not necessary to receive an NEH planning grant to be eligible for an implementation grant. Planning could be supported by NEH, other federal agencies, private foundations, or an institution’s internal funds. Projects that seek to implement preventive conservation measures in sustainable ways are especially encouraged. ! Deadline: December 3, 2014. http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/sustaining-cultural-heritage-collections

Digital Projects for the Public: NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring humanities ideas alive for people of all ages and all walks of life. The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that are largely created for digital platforms. While these projects can take many forms, shapes, and size! s, you should apply to this program primarily to create digital projects or the digital components of a larger project. NEH is a national funding agency, so these projects should demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. Projects can have specific targeted audiences (including K-12 students), but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience. Deadline: June 11, 2015. http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/digital-projects-the-public

Dedalus Foundation Institutional Grants in Modern Art

Fall application deadline: October 15, 2013. Spring application deadline: March 15, 2014.

Institutional Initiatives

In conjunction with its various programs, the Dedalus Foundation supports and partners with nonprofit institutions that share its mission of fostering public understanding of modern art and modernism in the arts.

Awards are made twice annually, in the spring and the fall. The deadline for spring applications is March 15, and the deadline for fall applications is October 15. Grants rarely exceed $25,000, with the majority being between $10,000 and $15,000. Full details, along with other grant opportunities, are available on the Dedalus Grant program website.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for support and partnership from museums, educational institutions, and other nonprofit arts organizations. Such proposals should be made within the context of one of the following four Programs:

Arts Education Program

Supports symposiums and lectures; K-12 programs; community-based programs; residencies; fellowship programs; educational programs at museums, art schools, colleges, and universities.

Research and Publication Program

Supports scholarly research on modern art and modernism; exhibition catalogues; the publication of scholarly books and periodicals.

Archives and Conservation Program

Supports projects focused on the science and practice of the conservation and restoration of works of art, and the processing, description, cataloging, and preservation of archival materials, as well as oral history programs.

Curatorial Program

Supports exhibitions of modern and contemporary art; and programs in curatorial studies.

The Dedalus Foundation does not support capital campaigns, general operating expenses, or the commissioning of works of art.

Inquiries should be sent to the Grants Manager at grants@dedalusfoundation.org.

Funding: Kress Conservation Fellowships

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Kress Conservation Fellowships

Limited Submission URL: http://limsub.iu.edu/limsub/LimSubDetail.asp?Number=1956
URL for complete guidelines: http://www.kressfoundation.org/fellowships/default.aspx?id=38

IU Internal Deadline: 2/1/2013
Foundation Deadline: 3/8/2013

Brief Description:

The Kress Conservation Fellowships provide competitive grants to museums and other conservation facilities which sponsor supervised internships in the conservation of specific objects and onsite training. The purpose is to provide a wide range of post-graduate fellowship opportunities that will help develop the skills of emerging conservators. Overall, the program seeks to support a set of internships that offer:

  • A variety of specialty areas (paintings, paper, objects, etc.)
  • Opportunities for graduates of a variety of North American graduate programs
  • Opportunities to work in a variety of institutions, from large municipal museums to university museums and other conservation facilities, as well as sites outside the U.S.
  • A combination of proven Fellowship sites as well as opportunities at institutions that have not previously hosted Kress Fellows

Award Amount:

Nine $32,000 Fellowships are expected to be awarded each year for one-year post-graduate internships in advanced conservation at a museum or conservation facility. Typically, $27,000 is allocated as a fellowship stipend, and $5,000 toward host institution administrative costs, benefits for the Fellow, and other direct costs of hosting the Fellowship. Most Fellowships begin in late summer or early fall, and run for a term of 9 to 12 months.

Eligibility:

Application must be made by the museum or conservation facility at which the internship will be based. Fellows should have completed (or will complete prior to the Fellowship) a masters-level degree in conservation prior to beginning the Fellowship. The Fellowship candidate may be identified in advance of application by the host institution or recruited subsequently.

Priority is given to first-year requests, but worthy projects that clearly outline benefits to the Fellow for a second year of Fellowship can be and have been funded.

Limitation: One per museum

To apply for IU Internal competition:

February 1, 2013 is only a suggested internal deadline. Application must be made by the museum or conservation research facility at which the internship will be based. Contact the director of the museum if you are interested in this program.