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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Tribes, and Agencies to Preserve Significant Humanities Resources

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Division of Preservation and Access
CFDA Number: 45.149
Funding or PIN Number: 20240111-PG
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/03/23
Deadline: 01/11/24 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, Tribes, and government agencies to enhance the care and conservation of noteworthy humanities collections. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to finalize. Funding is intended to help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized organizations preserve and manage humanities collections, ensuring their significance for a variety of users, including source communities, humanities researchers, students, and the public, by building their capacity to identify and address physical and intellectual preservation risks.

The Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions program focuses on foundational activities in preservation and management of collections. Collections may include archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic items, tribal collections, material culture, historical objects, special collections of books and journals, and digitized and born-digital materials. Supported activities should fall into the following general categories, though the lists of possible activities are not exhaustive:

Preservation Assessments and Planning

  • General preservation assessments
  • Digital preservation assessments
  • Conservation assessments
  • Assessing environmental impacts of lighting systems or aging mechanical systems
  • Assessing collection documentation needs to identify an appropriate collection management system
  • Foundational conversations and/or consultations with source communities represented in collections to determine culturally appropriate preventive conservation practices and/or initiate or develop accurate vocabularies and/or descriptions of collection items resulting in a processing guide or written report with actionable recommendations
  • Consultations with scholars and subject matter experts to initiate or develop accurate vocabularies and/or descriptions of collection items resulting in a processing guide or written report with actionable recommendations
  • Development and revision of written plans, policies, and procedures such as emergency/disaster preparedness and response plans, digitization plans, storage plans, collection management plans, collecting plans, loan policies, and processing manuals

Preventive Care

  • Purchase, shipping, and installation costs of storage and preservation supplies, including durable furniture and supplies (e.g., cabinetry, shelving units, storage containers, boxes, folders, and sleeves) for the purpose of rehousing collections for long-term storage or display, digital storage (e.g., external hard drives, RAID, NAS, LTO systems, and cloudbased storage), and discrete and reversible units to improve the environment (e.g., portable dehumidifiers, air conditioning units, UV filtering shades, and HEPA vacuums). Project expenses such as storage furniture, UV filters, or discrete units for air conditioning must demonstrate that they will not make irreversible changes to buildings.
  • Implementing and improving environmental monitoring and/or integrated pest management programs, including the purchase of necessary monitoring supplies and related tracking software
  • Implementing and/or piloting environmentally sustainable preventive care strategies, which may have been recommended in previous preservation assessments or by a consultant, such as addressing water runoff systems to prevent moisture impacts on collections spaces or creating preservation microclimates for vulnerable collections
  • Workshops and/or training for staff and volunteers that address preservation topics, which might include preservation and care of specific material types, care and handling of collections during rehousing and/or digitization, preservation standards for digital collections, disaster preparedness and response, integrated pest management, or an overview of the agents of deterioration

Collections Management

  • Initial steps that improve the management of collections and knowledge of the contents of collections, such as location and format surveys, inventories, updating condition reports, and/or other preparatory steps toward description of collections
  • Workshops and/or training courses for staff and volunteers that address intellectual control topics such as best practices for arrangement, description, and cataloging of collections

For details about NEH areas of interest, see:


  • 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
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
- Nonprofit organizations recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Accredited institutions of higher education (public or nonprofit)
- State and local governments and their agencies
- Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments

If your organization is eligible, you may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. If NEH selects your proposal for funding, you will be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

For funding restrictions, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Webinar November 3, 2023, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Click here for the Preservation Assistance Grant Webinar:

Pre-Application Information
- Application available October 17, 2023
- Deadline January 11, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Expected notification date August 31, 2024

NEH does not require cost sharing in this program.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. It may take up to one month to register with and NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 65 per deadline

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award amount is $10,000

Term of Contract
You may request a period of performance between one year and eighteen months with a start date between September 1, 2024, and December 1, 2024.

Contact Information
If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about registering or renewing your registration with or, contact the Federal Service Desk Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time at:
Federal Service Desk:
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

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