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Mid-Year 2015 Grant Opportunities for Museums and Cultural Collections

06 / 08 / 15   |   By:

Collecting organizations of many types, from museums to small firms, can be eligible for grant funding to support collection management, collection stewardship, and database management. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently posted some new guidelines for its Humanities Collections and Reference Resource grant applications along with other helpful resources.

In our experience, winning proposals tend to include a high level of detail, as this is a good indication of how well you have conceptualized and scoped out the project. Many humanities grants are geared toward improving access to important historical information and material for the public, so it is also advantageous to emphasize how your project will benefit the intended audience and/or how it will serve the “greater good.”

If you need any assistance on preparing a project plan or budget for your grant application, please feel free to contact us.

Grant Deadline Grant Amount Grant Period Details Agency
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources – Implementation Grants 07/21/2015 Up to $350,000 Up to 36 months This matching grant supports projects that make a museum’s intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. NEH
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources -Foundation Grants 07/21/2015 Up to $40,000 Up to 24 months This matching grant sponsors collaborative projects that help preserve and create access to humanities collections or to produce reference resources. NEH
Digital Humanities Start-Up – Level I 09/16/2015 $5,000 to $30,000 Up to 18 months This small grant is designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning for innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. NEH
Digital Humanities Start-Up – Level II 09/16/2015 $30,001 to $60,000 Up to 18 months This grant should be used for fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or demonstrate proofs of concept and promise to benefit the humanities. NEH
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections – Planning Grants 12/01/2015 Up to $40,000 Up to 24 months This matching grant focuses on exploring sustainable preventive conservation strategies. NEH
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections – Implementation Grants 12/01/2015 Up to $350,000 Up to 60 months This matching grant supports preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of large and diverse holdings of humanities materials. NEH
Museums for America -€“ Collection Stewardship 12/01/2015 $5,000 to $25,000 & $25,001 to $150,000 Up to 36 months Grants at two different funding levels that support collection stewardship activities. Focus on projects that contribute to the long-term preservation of materials entrusted to the institution’s care. IMLS
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program 12/01/2015 $5,000 to $50,000 Up to 24 months Grants to federally recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations enhance museum services to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge. Provides opportunities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. IMLS
National Leadership Grants for Museums 12/01/2015 $50,000 to $500,000 Up to 36 months This matching grant supports innovative and collaborative solutions that address high priority and widespread collections care or conservation issues in the museum field. IMLS
Tribal Heritage Grants 03/01/2016 Up to $40,000 Up to 24 months This grant is open to Federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations to locate and identify cultural resources through survey and inventory of historic or significant places. NPS
Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program 11/01/2015 Grants require a 2:1 Federal to non-Federal match. The minimum grant request is $5,000 Federalshare. Generally 1 to 2 years Open to organizations and entities working to preserve historic Japanese American confinement sites and their history, including: private nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; state, local, and tribal governments; and other public entities. Non-Federal entities who are partnering with Federal agencies that own eligible historic resources may submit applications regarding the Federal property. NPS
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Mid-Year 2015 Grant Opportunities for Museums and Cultural Collections
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Mid-Year 2015 Grant Opportunities for Museums and Cultural Collections
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2015 Grant funding opportunities and deadlines for museums and cultural institutions interested in collections management, stewardship, and preservation.
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History Associates Inc.
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Laura Quinn
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During her tenure at History Associates, collections manager Laura Quinn worked on a variety of projects for museums, foundations, and private collectors. For questions or more information about our collections management services, please contact us at +1-301-279-9697.

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