Application Available for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions! 

Due: January 12, 2023 

Maximum funding: $10,000

Funding for: Preservation assessments, planning, and supplies; Professional development on preservation & access topics 

More information: 



 Preservation Assistance Grants can help small and mid-sized cultural institutions protect their digital collections by funding digital preservation needs assessments and the creation of detailed preservation plans for digital collections. Based on the results of a digital preservation assessment, you may request funding for digital storage media (e.g., external hard drives, RAID, NAS, and LTO systems). Applicants may also request funds to host digital preservation workshops.

 Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus. When assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants should seek a consultant whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections and who is knowledgeable about the preservation of collections in these types of institutions. 

 The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant; community colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities; and Native American tribes and Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian organizations with significant humanities collections. Furthermore, organizations or collections that represent the contributions of under-represented communities are highly encouraged. 

 Encouragements for 2023: 

  • Applicants in federally declared disaster areas may apply for disaster relief supplies and activities, including conservation treatment and temporary storage and relocation.

New for 2023:

  • Based on the results of a digital preservation assessment, you may request funding for digital storage media (e.g., external hard drives, RAID, NAS, and LTO systems).

Note: Planning for and implementing digitization, cataloging, and arrangement and description projects are NOT eligible activities. See the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program.

A pre-application webinar for prospective applicants will be held on October 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register using this link: Preservation Assistance Grant Webinar. The webinar will be recorded and available online afterward.

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