National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access
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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.
GrantWatch ID#: 151066
Up to $50,000 for Planning and up to $350,000 for Implementation.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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