National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Grants for Arts Projects: Arts Works: Design: Engagement ($10,000-$100,000, most less than $25,000; minimum 1-to-1 match required)
Most grants fund the creation of works of art and arts education, but this grant will also fund the documentation, preservation, and conservation of art work. Organizations with operating budgets less than $50,000, should look to local or state sources rather than the NEA.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions (up to $6,000)
Funds consultation for preservation assessments and conservation, storage furniture and preservation supplies, environmental monitoring equipment, education and training, for significant humanities collections in small- to medium-sized institutions.
Preservation and Access Education and Training ($50,000-$250,000 for field services; up to $125,000 per year for other projects; 20% match recommended)
Funds regional collections preservation field services, master’s degree programs in preservation and conservation, and workshops that address preservation and access topics of national significance.
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (up to $350,000; 1-to-2 to 1-to-1 match recommended)
Supports projects that provide an essential foundation for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities, including projects to preserve and create access to humanities materials. (that is, cataloging, reformatting, conservation) Applications may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or involve collaboration. Projects should be designed to facilitate sharing, exchange and interoperability of humanities information and products.
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (up to $40,000 for planning, usually with 20% match; up to $400,000 for implementation, usually with 50% match)
Funds planning and implementation of preventative preservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections, including managing relative humidity, temperature, light and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and from natural and manmade disasters.
National Historic Publications and Records Commission
The National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) funds projects that focus on collecting, describing, preserving, compiling, and publishing (including microfilm and other forms of reproduction) documentary sources significant to the history of the United States. Grants are for projects that deal with records of state, county, municipal, tribal, or other non-Federal units of government; including manuscripts, personal and family papers, or organizational and business archives.
Grants fund basic and detailed processing and preservation, methods to digitize nationally significant collections and make them available online and electronic records projects. Professional development grants for archives and historical publishing are also available. See the NHPRC Eligibility page
National Park Service
Save America’s Treasures ($25,000-$700,000; 1-to-1 match)
to federal, state, local and tribal government entities, and
non-profit organizations for preservation and/or conservation work on
nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and
nationally significant historic structures and sites. Does not fund
collections management. National significance must be established.
Private National Granting Organizations and Foundations
Collections and Archives ($75,000-$500,000)
Cataloging and description of collections of any format by American libraries,
museums, archives or other cultural heritage institutions that hold truly
hidden collections of broad scholarly import.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Funds public access to computers in public libraries – equipment, support,
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation NY
Scholarly Communications & Information Technology and Museum & Art
Conservation grants may fund preservation efforts and endowments for staffing.
Film Preservation Foundation - Basic Preservation Grants ($1000-$10,000)
Funds laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film
Grants ($18,000-$50,000; 1-to-5 match)
Funds complex, large-scale preservation, reconstruction, or restoration
projects involving a single film or film collection of special cultural,
historic, or artistic significance. The grants may be requested by nonprofit or
public institutions with film preservation experience and the capacity for large preservation efforts.
Oregon Based Public Funding Granting Agencies
Oregon Cultural Trust
Grant Program ($5000-$50,000; 1-to-1 match)
Funds access and preservation of Oregon’s cultural resources, as well as
building capacity of cultural organizations.
The Oregon Cultural Trust also funds 45 Regional Cultural Coalitions (36
counties and federally recognized tribes) issuing local grants. One
example in the Portland metro area is
the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Oregon Heritage Commission
Heritage Grants (generally $20,000 or less; 1-to-1 match)
Funds projects to conserve, develop or interpret Oregon’s heritage.
Oregon Based Private Funding Foundations
See also http://foundationcenter.org.
More Oregon foundations may be found in the Oregon
Foundation DataBook and CD.
The Collins Foundation (recent
Funding available under both education and humanities categories.
The Coquille Tribal Community Fund
The Coquille Indian Tribe established this fund in order to share profits from
The Mill Casino Hotel with the residents of Southwestern Oregon through grants
made to eligible organizations. Areas funded include arts and culture,
education and historic preservation.
The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian
Grants to eligible non-profit organizations in communities in Douglas, Coos,
Lane, Deschutes, Klamath, Jackson and Josephine counties. Areas funded include
education, community support and the arts.
The Ford Family Foundation
Funds public charities predominantly benefiting communities in rural Oregon and
Siskiyou County, CA. Current applicable funding categories:
Public Convening Spaces – capital projects to enhance convening aspects of
libraries, community and resource centers, etc. ($50,000-$250,000; up to one-third of total cost); Technical Assistance – for leadership development,
organizational improvements, community collaborations ($1,000-$5,000; minimum 20% match required).
Funds historic preservation, with limited funding to small arts, culture and
Giving primarily on an international basis, with some emphasis on India, as
well as in the Northwestern United States, with a focus on California, Oregon and Washington.
Leo Adler Community Fund
Funds charitable organizations benefiting Baker County. Areas funded include
arts and humanities, education, social and historical welfare.
Small community grants of less than $5,000; and community grants of $5,000 or more.
Meyer Memorial Trust
Funds projects in Oregon and Clark County, WA. Strong supporter of cultural and
heritage organizations. Has recently funded collections preservation and
conservation. Responsive Grants for activities including core operating
support, strengthening organizations, building and renovating facilities ($50,000-$250,000). Grassroots Grants for smaller organizations ($1,000-$25,000).
The James F. and Marion L. Miller
Foundation (recent awards: $2500-75,000)
Single- or multi-year grants for projects that advance the arts or education,
including libraries and museums, in Oregon.
The Oregon Community Foundation (recent
Community Grants include cultural and preservation activities. Recent awards
for collection care facility and HVAC upgrades, as well as digitization and
Spirit Mountain Community Fund
Charitable foundation of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde funding
projects in Northwest Oregon in areas including arts and culture and
education. General Purpose Grants funding up to $5,000 for small organizations
and up to $50,000 (program) or $100,000 (capital) for large organizations.
Also funds one Oregon Tribal Grant per year, up to $75,000 and not more than
50% of total project budget.
The Stimson-Miller Foundation
Funds specific program support of cultural, educational, health and human
services, and religious organizations located within a 60-mile radius of
Stimson Lumber Co. operations in either Manufacturing or Resource
Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable
Funds educational, cultural and scientific endeavors in Oregon (colleges and
universities, arts, cultural, civic and social service organizations).
Trust Management Services (up
Funds nonprofit organizations throughout Oregon by region. Six regions
comprise the 36 counties in Oregon. Three regions are funded annually, each
county is funded bi-annually (six grant deadlines over a two-year period, each
for a different set of counties).
Charitable foundation for the Wildhorse Resort & Casino and the
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Funds education, the
arts, cultural activities and historic preservation, and more.
Primarily funds projects that benefit the public within Umatilla, Union, Morrow
and Wallowa counties, or those proposed by a Native American tribal
government agency or Native American charitable organization with its principal
office and base of operations within Oregon or a national or
regional Indian organization.
Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Museum Assessment Program – Collections
Stewardship/Collections Management Assessment
Collections Stewardship Assessment focuses on collections policies, planning, access and documentation within the context of the museum’s total operations. The scope of the assessment includes collections care and use, acquisitions and deaccessioning, legal, ethical and safety issues, documentation, inventory and emergency planning.
IMLS Available Grants
Grants are available to museums for many types of conservation activities, including surveys (general, detailed condition or environmental); training; treatment; and environmental improvements.
grants support existing library operations and maintaining core
library services. Education/Assessment Option provides funding for library
staff to attend continuing education courses and training, for library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences
related to library services, and hire a consultant for an on-site
professional library assessment.
Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement
new library services, including partnerships with other libraries, agencies and community organizations.