National Endowment for the Humanities: Preservation and Access Education and Training
The Preservation and Access Education and Training program is central to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH’s) efforts to preserve and establish access to cultural heritage 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 grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs that reach audiences in more than one state. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.
New in 2016, preservation field service organizations may now apply for funds enabling them to provide a one-year postgraduate training fellowship in preventive conservation 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 preventive conservation and preservation services.
Amount: Grants for preservation field services may not exceed $175,000 per year. Preservation field service organizations may request an additional $45,000 per year to support a one-year postgraduate fellowship. For all other activities, the maximum award is $100,000 per year.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; county governments; private institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized); State governments; public and State controlled institutions of higher education; city or township governments; special district governments.
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