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Grant Opportunities

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National Grants

(listed alphabetically by granting agency)

Regional Grants

(listed alphabetically by granting agency)

State Grants

(listed alphabetically by state)


National Grants

Costume Society of America

The CSA Small Museums Collection Care Grant program is designed to assist the costume and textiles collections of small museums that have very limited budget and staff. Funding may be used to support the care, conservation, and/or exhibition of costume and textiles that have historic, regional, or other significance and are intended for preservation.
For more information: http://costumesocietyamerica.com/resources/grants-awards-and-honors/small-museum-collection-care-grant/

The College and University Collection Care Grant program is designed to assist the costume and textiles collection of a college or university that receives little or no financial support from its institution.
For more information: http://costumesocietyamerica.com/resources/grants-awards-and-honors/small-museum-collection-care-grant/

Council on Library and Information Resources
The Digitizing Hidden Collections and Archives is a national competition for digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions. This new endeavor builds on the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant program. The competition is designed to: encourage approaches to digitization that make possible new kinds of scholarship; support the digitization of entire collections; promote strategic partnerships; promote best practices for ensuring long-term availability and discoverability of digital content; ensure that digitized content is made available to the public as easily and completely as possible.
For more information: http://www.clir.org/fellowships/hiddencollections

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Museums for America
The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen each museum's ability to serve the public. Projects in three categories are funded:
Learning Experiences - supports the ability of museums to empower people through experiential learning and discovery. Successful projects provide high-quality, inclusive educational opportunities that address particular audience needs.
Community Anchors - promotes the roles of museums as essential partners in addressing communities' needs. These projects strive to create a better quality of life within communities.
Collections Stewardship - supports exemplary management, care and conservation of museum collections. Projects address a clearly articulated and well-documented need and contribute to the long-term preservation of materials.
For more information: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/museums-america

National Leadership Grants for Museums
This program supports projects that address the critical needs of the museum field and have the potential to advance practice in the profession, so that museums can improve services for the American public. Projects in three categories are funded:
Learning Experiences - supports the ability of museums to empower people through experiential learning and discovery. Successful projects provide high-quality, inclusive educational opportunities that address particular audience needs.
Community Anchors - promotes the roles of museums as essential partners in addressing communities' needs. These projects strive to create a better quality of life within communities.
Collections Stewardship - supports exemplary management, care and conservation of museum collections. Projects address a clearly articulated and well-documented need and contribute to the long-term preservation of materials.
For more information: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/national-leadership-grants-museums

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
This program supports projects that improve the operations, care of collections, and development of professional management at African American museums. AAHC can fund both new and ongoing museum activities and programs.
For more information: Visit https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/museum-grants-african-american-history-and-culture or contact Mark Isaksen at misaksen@imls.gov or Mary Sellers at sellers@imls.gov.

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
This program supports Indian tribes, and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. Grants are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in the areas of exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship.
For more information: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/native-americannative-hawaiian-museum-services-program

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums
The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Project results – be they success, failure, or a combination thereof – should offer valuable information to the museum field and the potential for improvement in the ways museums serve their communities.
For more information: Visit https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/sparks-ignition-grants-museums or contact Helen Wechsler at hwechsler@imls.gov and Jill Connors-Joyner at jconnors-joyner@imls.gov.

The Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation supports cultural organizations that advance informed and engaged communities and foster the arts. The foundation's activities are focused on 26 communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. There are donor-advised programs in 18 cities (Aberdeen, SD; Biloxi, MS; Boulder, CO; Bradenton, FL; Columbia, SC; Columbus, GA; Duluth, MN; Fort Wayne, IN; Gary, IN; Grand Forks, ND; Lexington, KY; Long Beach, CA; Milledgeville, GA; Myrtle Beach, SC; Palm Beach County, FL; State College, PA; Tallahassee, FL; and Wichita, KS) and program director-led programs in the eight “resident Knight communities” (Akron, OH; Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Macon, GA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Jose, CA and St. Paul, MN).
For more information: http://www.knightfoundation.org/what-we-fund/

Luce Foundation
Responsive Grants - American Art Collections
Successful projects include, but are not limited to, permanent collection reinstallations, digitization, and archives of American art material.
A letter of inquiry may be submitted in hard copy (not electronically) at any time. The foundation’s directors review proposals at board meetings three times a year. Inquiry letters should be no more than two pages including the basic facts about the project, i.e., who, what, when, where, why and estimated cost.
For more information: http://www.hluce.org/aaresponsgrant.aspx

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The Art Works: Museums grant program supports museum activity that reflects exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. The Arts Endowment assists museums through the support of exhibitions, care of collections, conservation, commissions, public art works, community engagement, education activities, and other museum work. There are different eligible activities for each application deadline.
For more information: http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/museums or contact Museum Specialists, Toniqua Lindsay (lindsayt@arts.gov or 202/682-5529) or Kathleen Dinsmore (dinsmorek@arts.gov or 202-692-5719).

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning and Implementation Grants
Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. The following project formats are supported: exhibitions at museums, libraries and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers and other public venues.
For more information: Contact the NEH Division of Public Programs staff by phone 202/606-8269 or email publicpgms@neh.gov. For more information about eligible activities, who may apply, awards and applications, please visit:
Planning Grants: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/americas-historical-and-cultural-organizations-planning-grants
Implementation Grants: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/americas-historical-and-cultural-organizations-implementation-grants

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology.
For more information: http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/humanities-collections-and-reference-resources

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for significant humanities collections. 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 that are the focus of their projects.
For more information: http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions

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 preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections offers two kinds of awards: grants for planning and for implementation.
http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/sustaining-cultural-heritage-collections

Common Heritage
America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives and other community organizations, but also in homes, family histories, and life stories. This program supports both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture. Funds will help community cultural institutions hold events that invite members of the public to share their historical collections. Small and medium sized organizations encouraged to apply.
For more information: http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/common-heritage

National Historical Publications and Records Commission
The NHPRC of the National Archives supports projects that promote access to America's historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.

The goal of the Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections program is to disseminate historical records of national significance to the United States online. Projects may focus on nationally significant figures, broad historical movements, or other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. Eligible activities include digitizing documentary source materials, document transcriptions, tagging and geo-referencing, as merited. Collaborations among repositories are encouraged.
Fore more information: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/digital.html. Contact Nancy Melley, Director for Technology Initiatives, by email nancy.melley@nara.gov or by phone 202/357-5452.

The Access to Historical Records program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials. The program emphasizes the creation of online tools that facilitate the public discovery of historical records.
Fore more information: Visit http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/access.html. Before starting the application process, contact Alex Lorch, Archives Program Officer, by email alexander.lorch@nara.gov or by phone 202/357-5101.

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Regional Grants

Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation offers a small grants program in North Carolina and Virginia. This program funds projects that help further the goals of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation which include:
-protecting, restoring and maintaining its natural and cultural resources
-protecting and preserving significant structures, sites, collections, features and cultural traditions and assuring research accessibility
-contributing to the knowledge about the natural and cultural resources and associated values of the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountains
To apply, call Foundation staff first to introduce the project, then a written proposal may be submitted.
For more information: Visit http://brpfoundation.org/content/small-grants-program or call 866/308-2773 or 336/721-0260.

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is accepting applications for the Philadelphia Stewardship Program. This program consists of four grant-funded tracks designed to help nonprofit institutions care for their collections.
Track I: Preservation Needs Assessment - Participants accepted into this track will receive a general evaluation of their institutions' preservations needs. Once completed participants will be eligible to apply for a $2500 matching grant to implement the recommendations of the assessment.
Track II: Preservation Planning - Participants will work with CCAHA staff to develop a long-range preservation plan. Once completed, participants will be able to apply for a $2500 matching grant to implement the plan.
Track III: Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning - Institutions will work with CCAHA to conduct a risk assessment and develop immediate emergency respones guidelines. Once completed, participants are eligible to apply for a $2500 matching grant to purchase emergency supplies or training opportunities.
Track IV: Collections Management Policies Development - Participants will work with CCAHA to develop a set of written collections management policies or revise current policies.
For more information: Visit http://www.ccaha.org/services/philadelphia-stewardship-resource-center. Email pso@ccaha.org or call 215/545-0613 to discuss the best track for your institution.

Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums
The CWAM grant program is intended to advance professionalism in museums throughout the region. Funds from the CWAM might help improve collections storage, exhibits or educational programs. This program will help fund software.
For more information: Contact Anne Amati, CWAM Co-Grants Chair, phone: 303/871-2687, email: anne.amati@du.edu or visit http://www.cwam-us.org/services/grants/.

The Denver Foundation
The Greenwood Fund is a donor-advised fund of The Denver Foundation that provides small grants for artifacts and collection care for museums in the Colorado and Wyoming area.
For more information: Visit http://www.denverfoundation.org/community/page/the-greenwood-fund or contact greenwoodfund@denverfoundation.org.

Historic New England
The Community Preservation Grants program provides grants to small to mid-sized heritage organizations in the six New England States. Projects should be consistent with Historic New England's strategic agenda goals for regional focus, visibility, and heritage preservation. Collections management projects are funded, including digitizing and sharing collections online.
For more information: http://www.historicnewengland.org/about-us/awards-programs/community-preservation-grants

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State Grants

Alaska Humanities Forum
The Forum offers General Grants and Mini-Grants for projects that cultivate appreciation and enjoyment of the humanities.
For more information: Visit http://www.akhf.org/content/grant-program or email grants@akhf.org.

Museums Alaska
The Museums Alaska Collections Management program's goal is to build capacity for managing collections through professional expertise, training, and conservation materials and supplies.
For more information: Contact Heather Beggs at director@museumsalaska.org or by phone 907-306-3409. To learn more about this program and complete the online application, pleave visit http://museumsalaska.org/collections-management-fund.

Arkansas Humanities Council
The Council offers multiple grant programs including - Major Grants, Minigrants, African American Heritage Grants, and Small Museums Grants. The Small Museum Grant Program offers funds to support general operating expenses. You can use funds for conservation materials, equipment purchase, building/grounds maintenance, accessioning of artifact collections, research, website design and maintenance, exhibits, educational programming, etc.
For more information: Please contact Jama Best, jamabest@sbcglobal.net or visit http://www.arkhums.org/What/grants.html.

Illinois Humanities Council
The IHC Community Grants Program offers grants to fund projects, media projects, technical assistance, and general organizational support for humanities organizations.
For more information: Please visit http://www.ilhumanities.org/program/community-grants/ or Mark Hallett at 312/374-1555 or mark.hallett@ilhumanities.org.

Michigan Humanities Council
The Michigan Humanities Council provides funds for projects that serve Michigan's people with public humanities programing and that emphasize collaboration among cultural, educational and community-based organizations. Eligible projects include developing online projects.
For more information: Visit http://www.michiganhumanities.org/humanities-grants or contact Robbe DiPietro at rdipietro@mihumanities.org or 517/372-7770.

Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grants program supports projects that manage and/or preserve collections for public access. Grants are available in the following history categories: collections care and managment; digital conversion and online access; interpretive programs; museum and archives environments; oral history; publications and research. There are also historic preservation grants.
For more information: Visit http://legacy.mnhs.org/grants/application-process/getting-ready or contact the grants office grants@mnhs.org.

Museum Association of New York/New York State Council on the Arts
The Museum Association of New York is administering a new mini-grant program funded by NYSCA. Mini-grants of up to $5000 are available for modest planning or implementation projects. Projects may involve board, audience, membership, program development, planning, staff training, marketing , exhibitions, collections or museum education. Traditional consultancies and mentoring relationships are welcome as well.
For more information: http://manyonline.org/grants-and-awards/mini-grants

State Historical Society of North Dakota - Cultural Heritage Grant
The Cultural Heritage Grant program provides funding for local museums and historical societies for various projects; however funding priority will be given to organizations with disaster planning and preparedness projects, or organizations that have been affected by a recent natural disaster. Grant categories include Exhibits, Special Projects/Events, Education, Capital Improvements and Collections. In the Collections category, funded projects may include cataloging, collections care, research, computer and software purchases.
For more information: http://history.nd.gov/pdf/CHG_Application_2015_fillable_form.pdf

Ohio History Connection History Fund
The Programs & Collections grant program encompasses a variety of projects that further the study, recordation, interpretation, publication and dissemination of historical information, engagement of communities in history, or conservation of historical collections and archives. Eligible projects include care and management of collections and development of online applications.
For more information: Contact Andy Verhof, History Fund grant manager at averhoff@ohiohistory.org or visit https://www.ohiohistory.org/preserve/local-history-office/history-fund

Oregon Heritage Commission - Heritage Grant Program
The Heritage Grant Program provides matching grants for projects that conserve, develop or interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Priority will be given to projects that preserve, develop or interpret threatened heritage resources and/or heritage resources of statewide significance.
For more information: Contact Kyle Jansson, Heritage Commission Coordinator at kyle.jansson@oregon.gov or by phone 503-986-0673. Visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Heritage_Grant_Program.

Oregon Heritage Commission - Museum Grant
The Museum Grant Program offers matching grants to public and non-profit heritage museums. Grant funds support projects for the collection and management of heritage collections, heritage-related tourism, and heritage education and interpretation.
For more information: Contact Kyle Jansson, Heritage Commission Coordinator at kyle.jansson@oregon.gov or by phone 503-986-0673. Visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/grants.aspx#Museum_Grant_Program.

The Vermont Community Foundation
The Small & Inspiring Grant program funds projects that:
-connect people to each other through volunteer work or community-building efforts
-connect people to the environment around them in new ways
-bring people together and provide opportunities for positive social interaction and benefit
If you have a project that demonstrates how preserving or sharing collections serves your community (and the people of Vermont) and connects with your community, contact Community Foundation staff to see if it is eligible for funding.
For more information:http://www.vermontcf.org/NonprofitsGrants/AvailableGrants.aspx

Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Council for Local History
The Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Council for Local History offer a mini-grant program that funds collections care and management projects. Eligible expenses include the purchase of PastPerfect software and its associated add-ons, version upgrades and technical assistance; hardware to improve collections management (scanner, digital camera, computer, external hard drive); acid-free materials for proper collections storage; monitoring equipment for collections storage; dehumidifier; cases/shelving for collections. Fees and/or travel expenses to attend collections care workshops or training are also eligible.
For more information: Visit http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/ and search for "mini-grant".

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