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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and Tribes for the Preservation of Humanities Materials

CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

45.149

Funding or PIN Number:

20230112-PF

ELIGIBILITY:

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Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC)

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


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #151066

Grant Description

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and Tribal governments for the preservation of humanities materials. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity.

Cultural institutions, including libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations, face an enormous challenge: to preserve humanities collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for lifelong learning.  To ensure the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art, and historical objects, cultural institutions must implement measures that slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss from emergencies resulting from natural or human activity.  They can accomplish this work most effectively through preventive conservation.  Preventive conservation encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft, fire, floods, and other disasters.

As museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, they must find ways to implement preventive conservation measures that are sustainable.  This program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact.  Sustainable approaches to preservation can contribute to an institution’s financial health, reduce its use of fossil fuels, and benefit its green initiatives, while ensuring that collections are well cared for and available for use in humanities programming, education, and research.  Sustainable preventive conservation measures may also aim to prepare and plan for, absorb, respond to, recover from, and more successfully protect collections in the event of emergencies resulting from natural or human activity.

Applications to the SCHC program should incorporate best practices in sustainable and resilient collection care. For examples of such practices, seehttps://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Sustaining%20Cultural%20Heritage%20Collections%20NOFO%2020230112-PF_mod.pdf#page=5

The SCHC program offers two levels of funding: Planning and Implementation.

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Eligibility:

  • 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, you must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following organization types:
• A nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
• An accredited institution of higher education (public or nonprofit)
• A state or local government or one of their agencies
• A federally recognized Native American Tribal government

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

For information on funding restrictions, see the following link: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Sustaining%20Cultural%20Heritage%20Collections%20NOFO%2020230112-PF_mod.pdf#page=35

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Optional Draft Deadline: December 8, 2022, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Application Deadline: January 12, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Award Announcement: August 2023

Program officers will review draft application materials submitted by December 8, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Program officers will not review late drafts. This optional review is not part of the formal selection process and has no bearing on the final funding decision. However, previous applicants have found it useful to strengthen their applications.

Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current. It may take up to one month to register with SAM.gov and Grants.gov. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344382

For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

14

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning: up to $50,000
Implementation, Level I: up to $100,000
Implementation, Level II: up to $350,000

Term of Contract:

Period of performance: Up to two years for Planning; up to three years for Implementation

Projects must start between October 1, 2023, and January 31, 2024.

Contact Information:

If you choose to submit a draft proposal, send it as an attachment to preservation@neh.gov.

If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8570
preservation@neh.gov
TTY: 800-877-8399

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
grantmanagement@neh.gov

If you have questions about NEPA and NHPA, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
hpe@neh.gov

If you have questions about registering or renewing your registration with login.gov or SAM.gov, contact the Federal Service Desk Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time at:
Federal Service Desk: FSD.gov
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at:
Grants.gov Applicant Support
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International Calls: 606-545-5035
Email: support@grants.gov
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