National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-size institutions--libraries, museums, and historical societies, town and county records offices, archival repositories, community colleges, and underserved departments and units within colleges and universities and other larger institutions--improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. These collections may include books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, moving images, sound recordings, decorative and fine arts, prints and photographs, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, and historical objects. Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experiences are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities that are the focus of their projects. Awards of up to $5,000 will be made. Preservation Assistance Grants may be used for:
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; and
To be eligible for a Preservation Assistance Grant, your organization must:
Care for and own humanities collections
Be a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization or institution
Have at least one professional staff member or the full time equivalent, whether paid or unpaid
Be open and provide services or programs at least 120 days per year.
The University of Iowa may submit one application. Preservation Assistance Grants cannot be used for the following:
Projects that focus on collections that fall outside of the humanities;
Projects that focus primarily on cataloging, indexing, or arranging and describing collections and only peripherally relate to their preservation needs;
Projects that focus on buildings or other structures;
Capital improvements to buildings and building systems, including the purchase of equipment such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and security and fire protection systems;
Staff salaries and fringe benefits;
Reformatting of collections (such as digitization, microfilming, or copying to another medium) or the purchase of equipment for this purpose (such as computers, scanners, digital cameras, cassette decks, and CD-ROM drives);
Graduate-level conservation training, or training related to advanced conservation treatment;
Conservation or restoration treatments or the purchase of conservation or restoration treatment supplies and equipment; or
Attendance at regular meetings of museum, library, archives, or preservation organizations.
Proposals will be assessed by panels of conservators, preservation administrators, archivists, librarians, curators, registrars, and administrators. Applications will be judged by the following criteria:
Are the proposed activities clearly described and are they feasible?
Has the applicant demonstrated the importance of the proposed project to the institution?
Are the roles of the consultants explained? Do the consultants have experience and qualifications appropriate to the projectís goals?
Are costs appropriate for the activities?
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