NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller institutions
IU Internal Deadline: 02/20/2014
NEH Application Deadline: 5/1/2014
Brief Description: Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline listed. In the meantime, please use the guidelines for the previous deadline, to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions – such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities – improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.
Preservation Assistance Grants may be used for purposes like these:
- General preservation assessments
- Consultations with professionals to address a specific preservation issue, need, or problem
- Purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies
- Purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for humanities collections
- Education and training
- Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded.
- All grants are awarded for a period of eighteen months, although a grantee may complete a project in a shorter period of time.
- Cost sharing is not required in this program. If eligible expenses are more than $6,000, an applicant may cover the difference and show this as cost sharing in the project&39;s budget.
Eligibility: Applicants must demonstrate that they:
- care for and have custody of the humanities collections that are the focus of the application;
- have at least one staff member or the full-time equivalent, whether paid or unpaid; and
- make their collections open and available for the purpose of education, research, and/or public programming, as evidenced by the number of days on which the institution is open to the public, the capacity to support access and use, and the availability of staff for this purpose.
Individuals are not eligible to apply.
Limitation: One per campus
Only one application for a Preservation Assistance Grant may be submitted annually by an institution, although distinct collecting entities of a larger organization may apply in the same year, such as the library and museum of a university or two historic sites within a historical society.
For consideration, submit the following documents electronically to Etta Ward, firstname.lastname@example.org, by February 20, 2014 for internal competition.
1. Provide a one-paragraph abstract (up to one thousand characters) describing the nature of the collections that are the focus of the project, their significance to the humanities, and the specific goal(s) and activities that the grant would support.
2. 1-3 page Project Narrative (limitation does not include references) that:
- State the specific activity or activities that the grant would support and the goals of the proposed project.
- Describe the collections that are the focus of the project, emphasizing their significance to the humanities.
- Discuss how this project fits into the institution’s overall preservation needs or plans. Describe the current condition of collections and the environment in which they are stored. Explain how the proposed activities build on previous preservation efforts and how the project fits into future preservation plans. In addition, explain how the project would increase your institution’s ability to improve collection care beyond the period of the grant.
- Outline the steps of the project, the sequence in which they will occur, and indicate who is responsible for which activities.
3. A Letter from the Chair or Dean
4. 2-3 page abbreviated CV for the PI