National Endowment for the Humanities
Application deadline: 1/13/2021

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, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings.  Applicants should 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 should seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about the preservation of collections in these types of institutions.

The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant; community colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities; and Native American tribes and Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian organizations with significant humanities collections. Furthermore, organizations or collections that represent the contributions of under-represented communities are highly encouraged.

There will be a pre-application webinar for prospective applicants on November 29, 2021, at 12:30 PM Pacific Coast time. Use this link to join: Preservation Assistance Grants Webinar

Maximum award amount is $10,000 ($15,000 for projects related to “A More Perfect Union”). The expected output would be: Preservation and Collections Care Workshops; Preservation Assessment Reports; Preservation Supplies/Equipment. Successful grant applicants will be notified on August 31, 2022, with the expectation that these projects will be completed within 18 months.

If you have questions, contact the Division of Preservation and Access Team at 202-606-8570 or