Grants

Digital preservation initiatives can often qualify for grant funding as they increase access to primary source evidence, preserve critical pieces of our shared history and provide experiences to the general public who are unable to physically visit museums or archives.

We want to help you save history in whatever way we can, so we’ve pulled together a list of grants that might relate to your project. Take a look and let us know if we can help get you started with a quote to include in your application.

    IMLS Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants

    Grant Deadline:    04/01/2023
    Grant Amount:    $10,000–$150,000

    This program is designed to assist Native American tribes in improving core library services for their communities. Reflecting IMLS’s agency-level goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, the goals for this program are to:

    • Improve digital services to support needs for education, workforce development, economic and business development, health information, critical thinking skills, and digital literacy skills.
    • Improve educational programs related to specific topics and content areas of interest to library patrons and community-based users.
    • Enhance the preservation and revitalization of Native American cultures and languages.

    NEA Grants for Arts Projects

    Grant Deadline:    02/15/2024
    Grant Amount:    $10,000–$100,000

    This National Endowment for the Arts Grant is designed to support projects that enhance public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Support of Exhibitions
    • Care of Collections
    • Community Engagement

    Council on Library & Information Resources: Recordings at Risk

    Grant Deadline:    04/17/2024
    Grant Amount:    $10,000 - $50,000

    Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio, audiovisual, and other time-based media of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. Awards cover costs of preservation reformatting for fragile and/or obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. Eligible media may include, but are not necessarily limited to, magnetic audio and video tape, grooved discs, wax cylinders, wire recordings, and film (with or without sound).

    NHPRC Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives

    Grant Deadline:    05/08/2024
    Grant Amount:    $10,000–$300,000

    This National Historical Publications & Records Commission Grant is designed to support projects that significantly improve public discovery and use of historical record collections. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Improvement of Public Discovery and Use of Collections
    • Digitization and Publishing of Online Historical Records
    • Enhancement of Public Access to Collections
    • Emphasis of Community Engagement

    NHPRC Archives Collaboratives

    Grant Deadline:    05/08/2024
    Grant Amount:    $10,000–$400,000

    This National Historical Publications & Records Commission Grant is designed to support projects that promote access to historical records to encourage understanding of America’s democracy, history and culture. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Improving Access to Collections
    • Assessment of Institutional Strengths and Opportunities
    • Creation of Replicable and Sustainable Digital Platforms for Historical Collections
    • Virtual Unification of Records
    • Promotion of Management Structures for long-term sustainability and growth

    NHPRC Publishing Historical Records in Collaborative Digital Editions

    Grant Deadline:    05/08/2024
    Grant Amount:    Maximum Amount of $125,000

    This National Historical Publications & Records Commission Grant is designed to support publication of online editions of historical records. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Promotes Access to Historical Documents encourage understanding of democracy, history, and culture
    • Publishing Documentary Source Materials Online

    NEH Digital Projects for the Public

    Grant Deadline:    06/14/2024
    Grant Amount:    Maximum Amount of $30,000–$400,000

    The Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Presentation of Content in Primarily Digital Formats
    • Inclusion of Appropriate Digital Media Professionals
    • Reaches a Broad Public
    • Creation of Appealing Digital Formats

    IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

    Grant Deadline:    11/15/2024
    Grant Amount:    $5,000 - $75,000

    This Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, policy development and institutional planning, technology enhancements, professional development, community outreach, audience development, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Inspire! has three project categories:

    • Lifelong Learning
    • Institutional Capacity
    • Collections Stewardship and Access

    IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

    Grant Deadline:    11/15/2024
    Grant Amount:    $5,000 - $500,000

    The Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) is designed to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Building Institutional Capacity
    • Increasing Access to Museum and Archival Collections at African American Museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    IMLS Museums for America

    Grant Deadline:    11/15/2024
    Grant Amount:    $5,000 - $250,000

    The Museums for America program supports museums of all sizes and disciplines in strategic, project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Digital Learning Resources
    • Collections Management, Curation, Care and Conservation
    • Exhibitions
    • Collections Stewardship and Access
    • Community Engagement

    IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums

    Grant Deadline:    11/15/2024
    Grant Amount:    $5,000 - $750,000

    National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession to strengthen museum services for the American public. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Collections Management, Curation, Care and Conservation
    • Build Institutional Capacity
    • Collections Stewardship and Access
    • Community Engagement

    IMLS Native American / Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

    Grant Deadline:    11/15/2024
    Grant Amount:    $5,000–$100,000

    The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grant program is designed to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining indigenous heritage, culture, and knowledge. Digital preservation projects would apply to the following criteria:

    • Exhibitions
    • Educational Services and Programming
    • Workforce Professional Development
    • Organizational Building Capacity
    • Collections Stewardship and Access

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