University of Southern California


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.

LOI:                                                        N/A       

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:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                         

Who May Serve as PI:                    Applicants must demonstrate that they

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:

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.