Institute of Museum and Library Services IMLS

National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Deadline: October 20, 2020 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. Grant Amount: varied amounts up to $1,000,000. Some matching may be required. Contacts: Ashley Sands, PhD, asands@imls.gov James Neal, jneal@imls.gov

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Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
Deadline: November 16, 2020 
IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America Program designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plan; including strengthening the role of museums as trusted stewards of the collections in their care; and/or expanding access to collections and associated resources. Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-50,000/up to two years.  No matching required. Contact: Reagan Moore, 202-653-4637, rmoore@imls.gov

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Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
Deadline: November 16, 2020 
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture are intended to support projects that improve the operations, collections care, and development of professional management at African American museums.  AAHC Grants can support both new and ongoing museum activities and programs.  Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-$250,000/up to three years.  Matching required for projects requesting more than $50,000. Contact:  Mark Isaksen, 202-653-4667, misaksen@imls.gov

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Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Programs 
Deadline: November 16, 2020
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. They are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-$100,000/up to two years.  No matching required.  Contact:  Christopher Reich, 202-653-4685, creich@imls.gov

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Museums for America   
Deadline: November 16, 2020 
Museums for America Grants are intended to strengthen a museum’s ability to serve the public by supporting high priority activities that advance a museum’s mission, plans, and strategic goals.  Museums for America Grants are awarded in the following categories:  collections stewardship; learning experiences; and community anchors.  Note: since 2015, this grant has incorporated projects that would previously have been solicited through the Conservation Project Support program.  Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-250,000/up to 3 years.  Matching required.  See website for contact information.

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National Leadership Grants for Museums
Deadline: November 16, 2020
National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. This program has five project categories:

  • Collections Care and Public Access
  • Data, Analysis, and Assessment
  • Digital Platforms and Applications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professional Development

Grant Amount/Period:  $5,000-1,000,000/up to 3 years.  Non-federal matching funds required.  For Collections Care and Public Access projects, contact Mark Feitl:  202-653-4635, mfeitl@imls.gov

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Conservation Assessment for Preservation Program 
Deadline:  TBD 2021 (last deadline: February 1, 2020)
The Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Inc. (FAIC). The program is designed to help small and mid-sized museums receive prioritized recommendations for improving the care of their collections. A CAP assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The assessment involves a site visit by a collections assessor and a building assessor, who spend two days touring the museum and interviewing staff and governing officials. The assessors then prepare a comprehensive report that outlines their recommendations for improved collections care tailored specifically to the participating institution. Contact cap@culturalheritage.org or 202.750.3346 with questions.

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Museum Assessment Program                                            
Deadline:  TBD 2021 (last deadline: July 15-31) 
Supported through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) helps museums assess their strengths and weaknesses as they plan for the future.  MAP grants provide five different kinds of assessments, including collections stewardship.  Grant Amount/Period:  varies/one year.  Participation costs are based on each institution’s annual operating budget.  Matching may be required.  Contact:  MAP staff, 202-289-9118, map@aam-us.org

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Native American Library Services: Basic Grants
Deadline:  TBD 2021 (last deadline: April 15, 2020) 
The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is noncompetitive and distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. Basic Grants are available to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services. The Education/Assessment Option is supplemental to the Basic Grants. It is also noncompetitive and must be requested. The purpose of the Education/Assessment Option is to provide funding for library staff to attend continuing education courses and training workshops on- or off-site, for library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services, and to hire a consultant for an on-site professional library assessment. Grant Amount: $6,000 – $10,000. Contacts: Anthony Smith, Associate Deputy Director, 202-653-4716, asmith@imls.gov, or Sarah Boonie, Program Specialist, 202-653-4761, sboonie@imls.gov

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Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: May 15, 2020)

Native American Enhancement grants are competitive grants available to carry out activities, described in 20 U.S.C. 9141, that advance the programs and services of eligible Native American libraries. Project categories include:

  • Preservation and Revitalization projects focus on the preservation and revitalization of Native American language and culture through use of efficient and effective strategies and incorporation of strategic partnerships. 
  • Educational Programming projects include programs for library patrons and community-based users related to a specific topic or content area through development, implementation and evaluation of classes, events, tools, resources, and/or other services. 
  • Digital Services projects feature activities dedicated to the establishment and refinement of digital services and programs related to infrastructure, platforms, and technology, in general. Proposals for digitization projects should include plans for preservation of and access to the resulting digital objects and/or implementing digital library tools to provide services to Native American communities.

Grant Amount: $10,000 – $150,000. Contacts: Anthony Smith, Associate Deputy Director, 202-653-4716, asmith@imls.gov, or Sarah Boonie, Program Specialist, 202-653-4761, sboonie@imls.gov

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National Endowment for the Arts  NEA

Art Works
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: July 9, 2020)
The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting museum activity that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement. Specifically, the National Endowment for the Arts assists museums through the support of exhibitions, care of collections, conservation, commissions, public art works, community engagement, education activities, and other museum work. Museum projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts demonstrate artistic excellence in and across a variety of mediums, movements, eras, and cultures. Grant Amount/Period:  $10,000-100,000/up to two years.  Matching may be required. Contacts: Toniqua Lindsay, 202-682-5529, lindsayt@arts.gov,  or Tamika Shingler, 202-682-5577, shinglert@arts.gov 

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Challenge America
Deadline: TBD 2021 (cancelled 2020)

For the National Endowment for the Arts to effectively and efficiently gear up to distribute $75 million in funding provided to it by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Arts Endowment must cancel its April 9, 2020 Challenge America application deadline. Challenge America applicants should apply for Grants for Arts Projects with a deadline of July 9, 2020.

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Grant amount: $10,000. Requires matching. Contact: Challenge America Specialists, challengeamerica@arts.gov, 202 682-5700.

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National Endowment for the Humanities  NEH

Documenting Endangered Languages
Deadline: September 15, 2020
The Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Grant period: up to 3 years. Contact: Division of Preservation and Access Team, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants
Deadline:  January 14, 2021 
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) Grants help cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity.
Planning Grants can be used to explore sustainable preventive conservation strategies. Grant Amount/Period: up to $50,000/up to two years.
Implementation Grants can be used to help an institution implement a preventive conservation project.  Grant Amount/Period: up to $350,000/up to five years.  Matching may be necessary.
Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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National Digital Newspaper Program
Deadline:  January 14, 2021
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible online. Grant Amount/Period: up to $325,000/two years. Matching may be necessary. Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline: January 14, 2021
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions such as libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and cultural organizations to improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections.  PAGs may fund: general preservation assessment surveys; conservation treatment needs assessment surveys; developing environmental monitoring programs; purchasing environmental monitoring equipment; writing disaster plans; purchasing storage furniture and preservation supplies; drafting long-range conservation plans; and educating and training staff members.  Grant Amount/Period:  up to $10,000 ($15,000 for projects relating to “A More Perfect Union) / up to 18 months. Matching may be necessary. Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants
Deadline: May 18, 2021
The purpose of the Challenge Grants program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. Awards aim to help institutions secure long-term support for their core activities and expand efforts to preserve and create access to outstanding humanities materials. The program funds two distinct types of projects, each with its own notice of funding opportunity:

Capital Projects supports the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities.  This includes the purchase and installation of related moveable and permanently affixed equipment for exhibiting, maintaining, monitoring, and protecting collections (whether on exhibit or in storage), and for critical building systems, such as electrical, heating ventilation and air conditioning, security, life safety, lighting, utilities, telecommunications, and energy management.  

Digital Infrastructure supports the maintenance, modernization, and sustainability of existing digital scholarly projects and platforms. Grant Amount/Period: $750,000/five or six years depending on institution type. Up to 10 percent of total funds may be used for fundraising costs during the period of performance.  Matching required. Contact: Office of Challenge Grants Team (202) 606-8309 challenge@neh.gov

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Research and Development Grants
Deadline:  May 18, 2021
Research and Development Grants support collaborative projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. Projects should address specific problems, devise procedures for best practices, and serve the needs of a significant segment of the cultural heritage community. All projects must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access would benefit the cultural heritage community.  This year, Research and Development Grants offer 2 funding tiers in order to address projects in all stages of development and implementation.  Planning and Basic Research Grants (Tier I) support planning, preliminary research, and stand-alone research projects. Grant Amount/Period: up to $75,000/up to 2 years. Advanced Implementation Grants (Tier II) support implementation and advanced research leading to large scale research and development projects. Grant Amount/Period: up to $350,000/up to 3 years. Matching required. Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants
Deadline: May 18, 2021 
Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional education and training programs that help cultural institutions care for humanities collections. Grants may fund: regional preservation field services; master’s degree programs in preservation and conservation; and workshops that address preservation topics such as collections care training; preventive and sustainable conservation strategies; disaster preparedness and response training; digital preservation initiatives; and the care of recorded sound and moving image collections.  Grant Amount/Period:  up to $350,000 / up to three years.  Matching may be necessary. Contact:  NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants
Deadline:  July 15, 2021

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities.  Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects.  This program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology.  Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

Proposed projects may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or may involve collaboration between institutions.  However, even in the case of single-institution projects, working with specialists in other offices or departments or colleagues in other institutions often helps ensure that proposed activities are achievable and will have maximum impact for the humanities.  Collaboration can be crucial in providing the appropriate mix of humanities content and methodological expertise and can help broaden the scope of, and audiences for, proposed collections or reference resources.

Foundations Grants can be used to support the formative stages of initiatives to preserve and create access to humanities collections or to produce reference resources. Grant Amount/Period: up to $50,000 (NEH offers an additional $10,000 to support interinstitutional planning and pilot activities)\ up to 2 years.

Implementation Grants can be used to fund efforts to describe, catalog, preserve, and conserve humanities collections, including the implementation of preservation measures such as basic rehousing, reformatting, and conservation treatments of individual items, as part of a larger project that leads to enhanced access. Grant Amount/Period: up to $350,000/up to 3 years.  Matching may be necessary. Contact: NEH Division of Preservation and Access, 202-606-8570, preservation@neh.gov

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National Park Service  NPS

Certified Local Governments Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Qualifying cities may use federal matching grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to support local preservation projects.  Grant Amount/Period:  varies per state per year.  Matching may be required.  Contact:  appropriate State Historic Preservation Office.

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Tribal Historic Preservation Office Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides annually appropriated funding to Tribes that have signed agreements with the National Park Service designating them as having an approved Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) to protect and conserve important Tribal cultural and historic assets and sites. The grant funding assists THPOs in executing their tribe’s historic preservation programs and activities pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1996, as amended, and other relevant laws.

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Save America’s Treasures
Deadline: TBD 2021 (information will be available in the fall of 2020)
The Federal Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grants program began in 1999 and helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation’s rich heritage to future generations of Americans. SAT grants provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. The grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Grant amount: $25,000 – $500,000.

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Grants
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: February 24, 2020) 
The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. Since the inception of the grants program in 1994, the National Center has awarded over 300 grants totaling more than $9.1 million in Federal funds. Grant amount: up to $20,000. Contact for Materials Conservation: Dr. Mary F. Striegel, mary_striegel@nps.govContact:  1-800-518-4726.

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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Grants
Consultation/Documentation
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: March 6, 2020)
This grant supports the efforts of museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to consult and document NAGPRA-related human remains and cultural items in non-federal collections. Amount/period: $5,000 to $90,000/ 2 years. No matching required. Contact:  NAGPRA Grants, NAGPRA_Grants@nps.gov

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Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Grants
Repatriation 
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: April 10, 2020)  
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program awards grants to museums, Native American tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations for consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American human remains and cultural items, including funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. Amount/period: up to $15,000 per project/ 1 year.  No matching required.  Contact: Sarah Glass, NAGPRA Grants, 202-354-2201, NAGPRA_Grants@nps.gov

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National Archives & Records Administration  NARA

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions
Draft Deadlines (optional): April 1, 2020 and August 3, 2020
Final Deadlines:  June 10, 2020 and October 8, 2020

The goal of this program is to provide access to and editorial context for the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Grants will be awarded for projects that collect, describe, preserve, compile, edit, and publish documentary source materials in print and online editions. This grant has two application deadlines. Projects currently receiving funds from the NHPRC may apply at either deadline. Projects seeking first-time support must apply at the second deadline. Grant Amount/Period: up to $175,000/1 year.  Matching required. Contact:  Darrell Meadows, 202-357-5321, darrell.meadows@nara.gov

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State Board Programming Grants
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: June 10, 2020)
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks proposals that strengthen the nation’s archival network through activities undertaken by State Historical Records Advisory Boards (SHRABs). The purpose of this grant program is to assist state boards to broaden preservation of, and increased online access to, historical records; develop and promote best practices; support activities that put the American people in touch with primary sources in their communities and online; promote the institutional advancement of organizations in underserved communities; and assist locally based repositories with training and tools to improve their stewardship abilities.   Grants are awarded only to state historical records advisory boards in each state, or to the state agency responsible for the state board, ordinarily the state archives. Another state agency, or a non-profit organization, such as a foundation or university, acting on behalf of the designated state agency may apply. Grant Amount/Period: Level I grants – up to $12,000 / one year. Level II grants – up to $80,000 / two years.  Matching required. Contact: Daniel Stokes, 202-357-5487, daniel.stokes@nara.gov

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National Trust for Historic Preservation  NTHP

Southwest Intervention Fund
Deadlines are three times annually: February 1, June 1, and October 1
The Southwest Intervention Fund is intended to further preservation efforts for significant sites of the traditional cultures in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, West Texas, and Utah. The fund provides support for preservation planning and is meant to enable prompt response to emergencies and opportunities in eligible states. Actions aimed at direct intervention to save historic and cultural sites are eligible. Grant Amount/Period: generally $2500-$10,000/maximum of 3 grants per two year period. Matching required 1:1. Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund
Deadline: Ongoing
The Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund helps to build the capacity of existing preservation organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. These grants encourage collaboration and peer-to-peer mentoring among members of the historic preservation community. Grant Amount/Period: up to $2500/year/maximum of 3 grants per two year period. Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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Emergency/Intervention Funding
Deadline: Ongoing
Emergency/Intervention Funds are awarded in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure, such as when fire or some other natural disaster strikes. This grant is intended to be used for planning purposes, for example to bring in professionals, such as a structural engineer, to create a plan for preserving the building. Grant Amount/Period: generally $1000-5,000/maximum of 3 grants per two year period. No matching required. Fund is limited. Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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National Fund for Sacred Places
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: April 22, 2020)
Focused on sacred spaces and historic houses of worship, this program offers both capacity building and capital grants. Capital grants may be used for the restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, and preservation of designated historic sites and structures, including bricks-and-mortar construction costs and the associated management of construction and design services. Grant Amount/Period: $50,000 – $250,000 / 18 months. Matching required. Contact: Allison King, Grants and Program Manager, aking@sacredplaces.org (215)567-3234 ext. 20

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Hart Family Fund for Small Towns
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: May 1, 2020)

The Hart Family Fund for Small Towns supports preservation projects undertaken in towns with populations of 10,000 or less. Applicants use the same guidelines and application form as the National Trust Preservation Fund. Grant Amount/Period:  $2,500-10,000/1 year. Matching required 1:1. Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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National Trust Preservation Funds
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: June 15, 2020)
National Trust Preservation Funds are intended to encourage preservation at the local level. The National Trust is particularly interested in supporting preservation projects that stimulate public discussion; promote sustainable communities; enable local groups to gain technical expertise; improve public awareness of preservation; and encourage financial participation by the private sector. Non-profit organizations and public agencies that are members of the National Trust at the Forum or Main Street levels are eligible to apply.  Grants may assist with preservation planning and educational outreach efforts. Grant Amount/Period: $2500-5,000/maximum of 3 grants per two year grant period. Matching required 1:1.  Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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Peter Grant Preservation Fund for Colorado
Deadline: TBD 2021 (last deadline: June 15, 2020)

The Peter Grant Preservation Fund supports projects that seek to preserve and enhance historic places in Colorado. Grants may be used to sponsor preservation conferences and workshops; acquire historically-significant sites/buildings; and preserve designated historic sites and structures. Grant Amount/Period: $1000-10,000/maximum of 3 grants per two year grant period. Matching required 1:1.  Contact National Trust Grants Office, 202-588-6277, grants@savingplaces.org

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United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
Deadline: varies by state
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Eligible borrowers: Public bodies, Community-based non-profit corporations, and Federally-recognized Tribes, including educational services such as museums and libraries. Low interest direct loans, grants, or a combination of the two are available for low income communities with a population of 5,500 or lower. Contact your local office for details.

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