Grant Opportunities

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 for specifics.

Institutions applying for an NHPRC grant should apply via, the government-wide grants portal. See NHPRC’s application instructions​ for more information.

National Park Service

Save America’s Treasures​ ($25,000-$700,000; 1-to-1 match)
Grants 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

Cataloging Hidden 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, training.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation NY
Scholarly Communications & Information Technology and Museum & Art Conservation grants may fund preservation efforts and endowments for staffing.

National Film Preservation Foundation - Basic Preservation Grants ($1000-$10,000)
Funds laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials.

Matching 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
Competitive 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
Oregon 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

More Oregon foundations may be found in the Oregon Foundation DataBook and CD.

Oregon Foundations

The Collins Foundation (recent grants $10,000-$650,000)
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 Foundation
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).

The Kinsman Foundation
Funds historic preservation, with limited funding to small arts, culture and humanities organizations.

The Larson Legacy
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 awards: $4,000-$54,000)
Community Grants include cultural and preservation activities. Recent awards for collection care facility and HVAC upgrades, as well as digitization and cataloging.

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 Management.

Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable Trust
Funds educational, cultural and scientific endeavors in Oregon (colleges and universities, arts, cultural, civic and social service organizations).

Trust Management Services (up to $10,000)
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).

The Wildhorse Foundation​
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.

Basic grants support existing library oper​ations 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.​​​​​​