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 Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation is a full partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund research and demonstration projects in networking cultural resources. The primary focus is to support and provide research fundamental to the development of digital libraries and collections. Both individual investigator and group research projects are funded.


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National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities. 

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects. The majority of our funding is awarded for planning activities and educational efforts focused on engaging new audiences in the preservation movement. Funding generally ranges from $2,500 to $5,000, and all grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar.  Planning and Education Grants are awarded annually in three competitive rounds: February 1, June 1, and October 1. For more information on this program, and to learn how to apply, please read their guidelines.  In addition, they offer emergency funding, and, the NTHP website lists a number specialty grants.

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Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Founded in 1940, the society now has more than 2,300 members representing professionals, students, artists, preparators, and others interested in VP. The society is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. The object of the society is to advance the science of vertebrate paleontology and to serve the common interests and facilitate the cooperation of all persons concerned with the history, evolution, comparative anatomy, and taxonomy of vertebrate animals, as well as field occurrence, collection, and study of fossil vertebrates and the stratigraphy of the beds in which they are found. The society is also concerned with the conservation and preservation of fossil sites.
The Preparators' Grant is intended to further the field of vertebrate paleontology through the advancement of preparation.  The Preparators' Grant Committee gives preference to proposals for training apprenticeships and workshops — primarily travel expenses to learn or teach preparation. However, the committee will consider any proposal which furthers the field of vertebrate paleontology through the advancement of preparation.  Membership in SVP is required to apply for this grant.
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