Heritage Preservation Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? Heritage preservation!

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!

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1) Americana Foundation
  • Among its many interests, the Americana Foundation seeks to promote the knowledge, preservation, and accessibility of America's heritage by increasing the educational opportunities of future conservators and curators in the field
  • The Foundation also promotes the preservation and presentation of unique collections. 
  • Eligible recipients will be nonprofit organizations that have been determined by the IRS to be charitable, scientific or educational. Additionally, they have been recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code to be tax exempt and not a private foundation.
  • New applicants are encouraged to submit a concept letter before completing a grant application so that the Foundation can help determine whether a project may fit within the parameters of their mission. Concept letters must include:
    • a brief description of basic need and program-specific objectives.
    • a brief history of the organization submitting the request. 
    • the amount requested.
  • Concept letters should be sent to Kathryn Buckner, Executive Director at [email protected]
  • If determined to be eligible for the program, applicants will be required to submit a completed online application and a full grant request. The request must include:
    • a cover letter (including signatures). 
    • a specific amount requested.
    • qualifications.
    • goals and objectives of the project.
    • a timeline for implementation.
    • evaluation plan-projected outcomes.
    • a line item budget.
    • latest financial statements.
    • a list of other funding sources.
    • an IRS Determination Letter with FEI.
  • Please note: the Foundation prioritizes recipients whose work benefits the state of Michigan. 
  • Grants awarded range from $3,000 - $40,000. 
  • Deadline: January 10th, April 10th, July 10th, and October 10th (annually) 
2) Council on Library and Information Resources: Recordings at Risk
  • Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program meant to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value through digital reformatting. 
  • The program aims to help institutions identify priorities and develop practical strategies for digital reformatting, build relationships with partners, and raise awareness of best practices. 
  • Eligible applicants will be nonprofit academic, research, and cultural heritage institutions. 
  • To apply, all eligible organizations must complete an online application.
  • Please note: all funding must be used to cover the costs of preservation and reformatting for fragile and obsolete time-based media content by qualified external service providers. 
  • Grants awarded range from $10,000 - $50,000. 
  • Deadline: January 31st and July 15th, 2020, and January 29th, 2021
3) Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology
  • The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology's mission is to further human knowledge by supporting artistic, scientific, and technological research. 
  • The Foundation supports artists in research projects leading to the creation of a specific artwork. Additionally, the Foundation seeks to assist in the development of educational programs and the conservation of cultural media collections. 
  • Supported projects will be located in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and developing countries. 
  • Supported projects fall into areas including, but not limited to:
    • research on digital conservation and preservation.
    • digital treatment of images and sounds.
    • artist software, open source software, and software research and development.
    • computer-controlled installations and responsive environments.
    • art and science techniques and procedures.
    • telecommunication art.
    • ecology and environment.
  • Eligible individuals interested in applying should view the application guidelines available on the Foundation's website or contact the Foundation via email at [email protected] for further instructions.
  • Monetary amounts awarded through grants are not listed by the Foundation. 
  • Deadline: None
4) Jacobs Research Funds
  • Jacobs Research Funds provide grants for anthropological and linguistic research involving the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. 
  • The Funds support projects and fieldwork dealing with living aboriginal peoplesProjects that produce new data which will include proposals to digitize, transcribe, and translate old materials that might otherwise become lost or inaccessible - are given the highest priority. 
  • Priority is also given to research on the Pacific Northwest. Research on other areas in Canada, the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico, Central America, and South America may also be funded.
  • Eligible researchers must submit an online proposal for consideration. The proposal must include:
    • essential project information.
    • CVs for all researchers.
    • a project description.
    • a projected budget.
    • two support letters. 
  • Please note: there are notable restrictions on what grant funds may be used for. Allowed expenses include consultants, research assistants, travel, accommodation, and equipment. Disallowed expenses include researcher salaries, tuition, per diems, food, institutional overhead, and administration.
  • There are three categories of Jacobs Funds grants.
    • Individual Grants support research projects administered by a single investigator on a focused problem. The maximum award is $3,000.
    • Group Grants support work by two or more researchers cooperating on the same or similar projects. Projects involving collaboration between academics and non-academics are encouraged. The maximum award is $6,000.
    • Kinkade Grants support projects requiring an intense period of fieldwork, such as research leading to a major work like a dictionary, collection of texts, etc. They are appropriate for experienced researchers, such as Ph.D. students working on dissertations, faculty with sabbatical, or emeritus professors seeking to complete major research. The maximum award is $9,000. 
  • Deadline: February 15th (annually)
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