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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies for Training
Opportunities for Humanities Preservation Professionals

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access

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06/11/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs for professional development in support of the preservation of humanities resources. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. This program funds the development of skills and knowledge among professionals responsible for preserving and establishing access to humanities collections.

Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture collections, electronic records, and digital objects. The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous, and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing.

Preservation and Access Education and Training awards are made to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs across the pedagogical landscape and at all stages of development, from early curriculum development to advanced implementation. Awards help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Awards support projects that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce heritage practitioners to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

The Preservation and Access Education and Training program supports activities such as:

  • Training offered by preservation field services, networks, and consortia, especially programs and activities targeting the needs of preservation and access practitioners at smaller libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural organizations;
  • In-person and online continuing education opportunities that provide specialized or extended training in current preservation or access topics for staff responsible for the care of humanities collection; opportunities may be in the format of workshops, webinars, technical training, instructional series, postgraduate fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships, and residencies;
  • Preservation and access-related educational initiatives that might include partnerships between academic and non-academic institutions; student financial support beyond tuition; curriculum development; speaker series, and travel, as well as fellowships or internships toward a master’s degree, such as library science, museum studies, and archival administration; and
  • Educational initiatives for programs that grant graduate degrees in art conservation; student financial support beyond tuition, curriculum development, speaker series, and travel, as well as fellowships or internships toward a master’s degree in art conservation.

Education and Training projects may address any topic—fundamental or advanced—associated with the work of preserving and providing access to humanities collections. Projects should identify needs within a localized network of institutions at a state or regional level, or more broadly at a national level. Project topics may include, but are not limited to, current areas of special interest such as:

  • Emergency preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery;
  • Culturally appropriate practices for collections from under-represented communities, including but not limited to Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous communities, and other activities that support the educational needs of preservation and access practitioners in diverse institutional, geographic, educational, and demographic settings;
  • Preventive conservation and sustainable preservation strategies; and
  • Preservation techniques and access solutions for audiovisual, digital, and time-based media

Applicants may apply for funds to provide a one-year postgraduate fellowship for emerging preservation professionals. These fellowships aim to bridge the gap between completion of graduate training and full-time employment by offering specialized training in preservation and access topics.

For information on NEH areas of interest, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 181002

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum stipend for a one-year fellowship is $45,000; the award ceiling may not exceed $350,000.

Programs that grant graduate degrees in art conservation may apply for up to $250,000 in outright funds and up to $100,000 in federal matching funds for a period of performance of not less than three years and up to five years.

Programs that grant graduate degrees in art conservation requesting the full $350,000 must submit a budget reflecting total project costs of at least $450,000 ($250,000 in outright, $100,000 in federal matching funds, and $100,000 in required cost share for the federal matching funds).

All other applicants may apply for up to $350,000 in outright funds, or a combination of outright and matching funds, not to exceed $350,000 for a period of performance of up to three years.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance:

- Three to five years for programs that grant graduate degrees in art conservation.
- Up to three years for all other applicants.
- All projects have a period of performance start date no earlier than March 1, 2021.
- Applicants may request funding for one fellowship each year of the period of performance.


  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Foreign and for-profit entities and individuals are not eligible to apply.

NEH does not make awards to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects. Such resources may not, however, be used as gifts to release NEH matching funds.

Funding restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

NEH and COVID-19: NEH is accepting, reviewing, and processing grant applications on its normal schedule, as posted on the introductory page of each program.

Application available April 3, 2020
Optional Draft due April 30, 2020
Application due June 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern
Expected notification date December 31, 2020
Project start date March 1, 2021

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

The registration process requires completing information in three separate systems:

1. Dun and Bradstreet (
2. System for Award Management (SAM) (
3. (

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Preservation and Access Education and Training
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

TTY: 800-877-8399

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