Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions, National Endowment for the Humanities
Slots: One nominee total can apply as a ‘sub-organization’ within USC so long as it is a small/mid-sized library/museum/archive/organization. If the organization has its own 501(c)(3) accreditation, it may apply on its own outside of USC.
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: May 1, 2018 for Projects Beginning January 2019
Award Information: Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: N/A
Anticipated Amount: The maximum award for Preservation Assistance Grants is ordinarily $6,000. Applicants may request up to an additional $1,000 to cover costs associated with having an advanced student or recent graduate from a preservation program assist the project consultant. The additional amount must be reflected in the consultant’s letter of commitment and the application budget.
The maximum award for such applications is $7,000.
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Who May Serve as PI: 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.
NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.
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.
Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus. Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections. Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of these types of collections.
Preservation Assistance Grants may be used for purposes like these:
- General preservation assessments
- Consultations with preservation 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
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.