Funding Sources

Because funding programs and proposal deadlines vary from year to year, please refer to each agency for submission guidelines.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The National Endowment for the Arts has a number of grant programs relevant to collections preservation.

NEA supports museums and other exhibiting institutions and organizations that serve the field and the American public through grants for projects of the highest artistic quality. The Arts Endowment is committed to supporting a broad range of activity that reflects serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation.

Grants support projects undertaken by organizations that exhibit, preserve, and interpret visual material through exhibitions, residencies, publications, commissions, public art works, conservation, documentation, services to the field, and public programs.

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Preservation & Access Grants (PAG) help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. A list of other NEH grant programs are found here.


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National Park Service (NPS)

National Park Service (NPS) grants help protect our nation's significant historic and cultural sites and preserve our diverse cultural heritage. More than $1 billion has been awarded to Federal, State, and local governments, Native American Tribes, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions for preservation projects in all 50 states and the U.S. Territories.  NPS has several competitive grant programs:

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