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Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations and other cultural institutions to assist in the innovative and scholarly presentation of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues and other organizational activities directly related to these areas.
The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs. The work of choreographers and performing artists occasionally is funded when the visual arts are an inherent element of a production. The Foundation also supports efforts to strengthen areas that directly affect the context in which artists work -- such as freedom of artistic expression and equitable access to resources.
The Foundation makes historic preservation grants to organizations working to preserve historic buildings, districts, and landscapes. Projects must involve property of architectural, historic and cultural significance. An underlying objective of the Foundation's historic preservation program is the promotion of historic properties as "living things" which play a vital role in society's fabric.
The Foundation does not have an application form. Instead, a proposal for funding should be submitted as a 2-3 page letter describing the activity for which funds are being requested. In addition, please include a project budget and a copy of the organization's 501(c)3 ruling from the IRS. If more information is desired, the Foundation will contact the applicant. Please address the proposal to:
Rachel Bers , Program Director
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
65 Bleecker Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Please do not send additional material with your proposal.
Note that the Foundation is unable to fund proposals using a fiscal agent. The Foundation is also unable to make grants directly to individuals.
Grant requests are reviewed twice a year, in the spring and fall. The postmark deadlines for proposals are March 1 with notification on July 1, and September 1 with notification on January 1. Organizations that have previously received support from the foundation must wait at least two years before reapplying. (Organizations that receive two-year grants must wait at least three years before reapplying.)
Organizations that have previously received funding from the Foundation are encouraged to contact staff before applying again.
"Finding Open Grant Opportunities" allows users to search for and locate information on grant opportunities from the 26 grant-making agencies. Call (800) 518-4726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, it strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect."
The Getty Grant Program
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, California 90049-1685
Monthly, from the New York State Assembly. Lists programs on the State and Federal level along with Organizations and Foundations and Grant Writing.
The IMLS Office of Museum Services offers these programs of support for museums:
Learning Opportunities Grant Evaluation
Museum for America
Museum Assessment Program for Museums
Conservation Program Support
National Leadership Grants for Museums
National Award for Museum Service
For general eligibility criteria for museums to apply to these programs please refer to this eligibility guide and call the IMLS Office of Museum Programs at 202/606-8539 for individual questions.
The IMLS Office of Library Services offers these programs of support for libraries:
Grants to State Library Agencies
Native American Library Services
Native Hawaiian Library Services
National Leadership Grants for Library
National Award for Library Services
Librarians for the 21st Century
The IMLS Office of Museum and Library Services offers these collaborative programs of support:
National Leadership Grants for Library-Museum Collaboration
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Office of the Director
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506
Greater Hudson Heritage Network (formerly Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies & Museums)
The Conservation Treatment Grant Program, in association with the Museum Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. The work must be performed by, or under the direct supervision of, a professional conservator.
"Preservation Assistance Grants 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. These 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...."
The NYSCA offers multiple grants including:
Collection Care and Research
General Operative Support
Application deadlines are May 3 and September 1
Contact: Grants for Museum Advancement; 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta, NY 13820; (800) 895-1648; email@example.com. See also Guidelines.
The National Film Preservation Foundation invites applications for its Partnership Grants. Through this program, nonprofit and public archives can receive grants for film preservation work at laboratories and post-production houses donating services to the NFPF. Grants will average in value from $3,000 to $5,000 in laboratory services. Grants are available to public and nonprofit archives in the United States, including those that are part of federal, state, or local government. The grants target films made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible. NFPF, 870 Market Street, Suite 768, San Francisco, CA 94102. 415/392-7291, fax 415/392-7293.
1111 16th Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036
The National Trust, through its financial assistance programs, demonstrates that preserving our heritage improves the quality of life in American communities. The National Trust's grant and loan programs have assisted thousands of innovative preservation projects that protect the continuity, diversity, and beauty of our communities.
The Preservation Services Fund provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies matching grants from $500 to $5,000 (typically from $1,000 to $1,500) for preservation planning and education efforts.
The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 for projects that contribute to the preservation or the recapture of an authentic sense of place.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors provides nonprofit organizations and public agencies grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to assist in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors.
Contact: Northeast Office, Seven Faneuil Hall, Marketplace, Boston, MA 02109; (617) 523-0885; Fax (617) 523-1199; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAGPRA Grants are awarded to Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and corporations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums that need financial assistance to carry out projects associated with NAGPRA compliance.
The National NAGPRA program administers two types of awards, each with a different application process. Use the same proposal form for either type of grant.
Documentation grants are awarded competitively once per fiscal year. Collaborative documentation and consultation proposals that address contaminated or potentially contaminated collections are especially encouraged.
Repatriation grants are awarded on a continuing basis throughout each fiscal year. Proposals are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed upon receipt.
Mailing Address (U.S. Postal Service):
National NAGPRA Program
National Park Service
1849 C Street, NW (2253)
Washington, D.C. 20240
Delivery Address (commercial delivery service):
National NAGPRA Program
National Park Service
1201 Eye Street, NW (8th floor)
Washington, D.C. 20005
The New York Council for the Humanities' grant application deadlines for major project grants (of over $2,500) are accepted twice a year on March 1 and November 1. November Major Grant applicants are notified in late March, and March Major Grant applicants are notified in late June. First priority will be given to projects that are scheduled to take place during State Humanities Month (October). Mini Grant applications may be submitted at any time, and a decision will be made within four weeks. You must submit your application in time to credit the Council in all your publicity, including that of any co-sponsors. To insure inclusion in the State Humanities Month brochure and calendar, Mini Grant applications for an October event must be postmarked no later than May 15. New grant guidelines available from NYCH, 150 Broadway Suite 1700, New York, NY 10038 | Phone 212.233.1131 | Fax 212.233.4607
The Preservation League of New York State supports groups working to protect, preserve and promote historic buildings, areas, and landscapes. The program particularly encourages innovative "grassroots" projects that are components of local economic development initiatives. Eligible projects range from building-specific studies to community-wide advocacy efforts. All projects should relate to local economic development planning efforts, introduce new audiences to historic preservation and/or build constituencies for historic preservation. The program generally provides only partial support on a competitive basis. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $15,000.
In conjunction with the New York State Council on the Arts, the League has announced funding for the Preserve New York Program. The program supports efforts to plan for the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings and landscapes throughout the state. Three types of projects are available: 1) historic structures reports; 2) historic landscape reports; and 3) cultural resource surveys.
Eligibility: Municipalities and nonprofit organizations with 501 (c)(3) status are eligible.
For More Information: Contact Tania Werbizky, at the Preservation League of NYS, Suite 302, Fleet Building, Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 272-6510.
The Landmarks Conservancy is inviting applications for its Sacred Sites Program, which provides matching grants to help maintain, repair, and restore religious properties (including churches, synagogues, and meetinghouses) in New York State. The conservancy also offers below-market-rate loans which are available for landmark religious structures in New York City.
Eligibility: Properties must be owned by a religious institution and be a locally designated landmark or listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.
Funding: Matching grants of up to $15,000.
For More Information: Contact Ann-Isabel Friedman, Program Director, New York Landmarks Conservancy, 141 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10010 (212) 995-5260 email@example.com
An opportunity to obtain conservation treatment for nationally significant artifacts, collections, documents, monuments, and works of art.
Administered by the National Park Service, IMLS, NEH, and NEA., this grant ranges from $50,000 to$1,000,000; 1:1 non-federal match required. Grants for collections projects tend to be $50,000-$250,000. Non-profit organizations, units of state and local government, federal agencies, and Indian tribes are eligible.
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce's Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program will provide matching grants for projects that increase access to technology. According to the program administrator: "As custodians of our history, our cultural and scientific artifacts and our evolving understanding of our place in the physical and intellectual world, museums are obvious participants in the national information infrastructure." Contact Public Telecommunications Facilities Program, Room 4625; National Telecommunications and Information Administration; U.S. Department of Commerce; 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.; Washington, DC 20230; Telephone: (202) 482-5802; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology Grants News provides lists grants by the type of institutions the grant serves.