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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Tribes, and Agencies to Preserve Significant Humanities Resources

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

GrantWatch ID# 181003
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access
CFDA Number: 45.149
Funding or PIN Number: 20230112-PG
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/28/22
Deadline: 01/12/23 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, Tribes, and government agencies to enhance the care and conservation of noteworthy humanities collections. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to finalize. Funding is intended to help small and mid-sized institutions - such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities - improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.

Eligible collections may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

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. Within the conservation field, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections. Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants should seek a consultant specifically 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.

For a list of allowable activities, see:


  • 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 Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible Applicants:
- Nonprofit organizations recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Accredited institutions of higher education (public or nonprofit)
- State and local governments and their agencies
- Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments

In addition, you must demonstrate that you:
- Care for and have custody of and/or responsibility for the humanities collections that are the focus of the application;
- Have at least one staff member or the full-time equivalent, whether paid or unpaid; and
- Make your collections open and available for the purpose of education, research, and/or public programming.

If you are requesting funds for disaster relief activities, you must be in a federally declared disaster area.

You may not use award funds for repair and renovation activities.

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

Funding restrictions can be found at

Pre-Application Information
- Application available: October 3, 2022
- Deadline: January 12, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Expected notification date: August 31, 2023

NEH does not require cost sharing in this program.

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

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Approximately 65 per deadline

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award amount is $10,000

Term of Contract
Projects must start between September 1, 2023, and December 1, 2023.

Period of Performance: One to eighteen months.

Contact Information
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

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

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

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