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Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes,
and IHEs to Preserve Humanities Collections

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access

Deadline Date:

01/30/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and institutions of higher education to preserve large humanities collections through effective conservation strategies. Applicants are advised that the required pre-application registrations may take up to one month to complete. Funding is intended to support planning and implementation projects that include activities such as risk assessment, environmental monitoring, project-specific research, renovation, and minor building alterations. The program aims to prolong the life of collections, mitigate deterioration, and support institutional resilience that includes response to disasters resulting from natural causes or human activity.

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures. 

This program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact.  Sustainable approaches to preservation can contribute to an institution’s financial health, reduce its use of fossil fuels, and benefit its green initiatives, while ensuring that collections are well cared for and available for use in humanities programming, education, and research.  Sustainable preventive conservation measures may also aim to prepare and plan for, absorb, respond to, recover from, and more successfully protect collections in the event of emergencies resulting from natural or human activity.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections offers two levels of funding: Planning Grants and Implementation Grants.

Applications to the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program should incorporate best practices in sustainable and resilient collection care. For examples of such practices, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Sustaining-Cultural-Heritage-Collections-NOFO-January-2020.pdf#page=7.

For the definition of Humanities, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Sustaining-Cultural-Heritage-Collections-NOFO-January-2020.pdf#page=8.

NEH Areas of Interest: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Sustaining-Cultural-Heritage-Collections-NOFO-January-2020.pdf#page=8.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151066

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,800,000

Number of Grants:

15 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000 for Planning and up to $350,000 for Implementation.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance (Award Period):
- Up to two years for Planning
- Up to five years for Implementation

All projects must have a start date of October 1, 2020.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Individuals, foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

NEH does not make awards 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 funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects. Such resources may not, however, be used as gifts to release NEH matching funds.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grants may not be used for
-General conservation or preservation assessments and other basic preservation projects that could be supported through Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions;
-The preservation of materials that are the responsibility of an agency of the federal government, are privately held, or are not freely accessible for research;
-The installation of climate control, security, lighting, and fire protection systems as a component of a project to construct a new building;
-The preservation of the built or natural environment;
-The renovation or restoration of historic structures, except insofar as that activity is needed to preserve humanities collections that such structures house;
-The stabilization of archaeological sites;
-Asbestos abatement;
-New construction and major renovation resulting in an expanded building footprint or addition of floors/stories
-Alterations and repairs that are considered routine operations and maintenance expense
-The purchase of buildings or land
-Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
-Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action;
-Support of specific public policies or legislation;
-Lobbying
-Projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically-based social science research or policy studies).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: January 30, 2020 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Applicants should ensure that their SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

Program officers will review draft proposals submitted by December 20, 2019.

Cost-sharing is not required in this program.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322733

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit a draft proposal, send it as an attachment to preservation@neh.gov.

Submit applications through Grants.gov.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

202-606-8570

CFDA Number:

45.149

Funding or Pin Number:

20171205-PF

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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