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Purpose: Focuses on both broad and specific preservation issues in libraries. Topics encompass physical collections generally, and occasionally digital preservation issues. We serve academic, public, special, and other types of libraries.

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This interest group is part of Core's Metadata and Collections Section.

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NEH Preservation & Access Education & Training Grant: Applications Due May 17, 2022

  • 1.  NEH Preservation & Access Education & Training Grant: Applications Due May 17, 2022

    Posted Feb 25, 2022 10:15 AM

    NEH Application Available for Education & Training!

    Due: May 17, 2022

    Optional Draft Due: April 12, 2022

    Maximum Funding: $350,000

    Funding For:

    • Preservation field services, networks, & consortia;
    • Training programs & resources for preservation practitioners & students;
    • Conservation graduate programs;
    • Fellowships, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, & residencies

    More information:


    The Preservation and Access Education and Training program supports the development of knowledge and skills 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, electronic records, and digital objects. Preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is an enormous challenge, making the need for knowledgeable staff significant and ongoing.

    NEH makes Preservation and Access Education and Training awards to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs across the pedagogical landscape. Projects may be at any stage of development, from early curriculum development to advanced implementation. Awards help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills they need 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.

    Please note that the program guidelines include the following expanded funding opportunities & encouragements:

    • Preservation and access-related educational initiatives leading towards a master's degree or admission to a master's program may now support students at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and master's level;
    • All educational initiatives, including graduate art conservation programs, may now support fellowships, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, and/or residencies;
    • The maximum stipend for a one-year fellowship is now $50,000;
    • There is now a new encouragement for training in new or recently updated standards, methodologies, tools and equipment, or workflows;
    • There is now a new encouragement for activities that create more equitable and inclusive approaches to collections care;

    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.

    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.

    We are continuing special encouragements for Protecting our Cultural Heritage, Standing Together, institutions in federally declared disaster areas, and "A More Perfect Union": NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation's 250th Anniversary.

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    Sean Ferguson
    Program Specialist
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    Washington, DC