Private Grants

Below are resources and links to a few of the possible sources for private foundation grants. Private foundation support – either alone or as a matching component to a government grant – takes research and relationship building. Private foundations often fund institutions and their projects that have missions and goals similar to their own missions and goals. Each locality will also have its own private family foundations interested in supporting work close to home and in the interests of its family members. One of many search tools for foundations can be found here:  http://foundationcenter.org/

After reviewing any private foundation’s guidelines and requirements, discuss potential support with the foundation’s staff before submitting any grant applications.

Mary Chilton DAR Foundation (based in Sioux Falls, SD)
http://www.dar-marychiltonfoundation.org/thedarfoundation.shtml

Mary Chilton DAR Foundation Grants
Deadlines: three dates each year in early January, May, and September
The present focus of the Mary Chilton Foundation is to assist South Dakota museums, historical societies, and libraries that uphold the goals of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Grants can be used to support the preservation of items with historical significance. More information can be found here.

First Nations Native Arts Initiative
Deadline: October 19, 2017
The Native Arts Initiative supports projects that strengthen the organizational infrastructure and/or arts programming of Native museums and cultural centers, Native-controlled non-profit organization, and tribal government programs. More information can be found here.

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC)
http://www.conservation-us.org/scholarships-grants

FAIC/Mellon Photograph Workshop Professional Development Scholarship
Deadlines (three dates each year): February 15, May 15, and September 15
Scholarships are available to help defray the costs of professional development for attendees of international conferences and workshops that focus on photograph conservation. More information can be found here.

FAIC/Tru Vue International Professional Development Scholarship
Deadlines (three dates each year): February 15, May 15, and September 15
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of attending international conferences, meetings, workshops, and symposia. More information can be found here.

Individual Professional Development Scholarship
Deadlines (two dates each year): February 15 and September 15
FAIC offers scholarships to help Professional Associates and Fellows defray the costs of professional development. Projects may include attending seminars, courses, and research. More information can be found here.

Workshop Development Grant
Deadlines (two dates each year): February 15 and September 15
FAIC offers grants to help defray the costs of developing continuing education workshops designed for conservation professionals. More information can be found here.

FAIC Lecture Grants
Deadlines (two dates each year): February 15 and September 15
FAIC offers grants to support the presentation of public lectures that help advance public awareness of conservation. More information can be found here.

FAIC Regional Angels Grants
Deadlines (two dates each year): February 15 and September 15
FAIC offers grants to support the development and implementation of Angels Projects that are not associated with AIC Annual Meetings. More information can be found here.

Small Meeting Grants
Deadline: September 15, 2018
FAIC provides support to help defray the costs of developing and holding small meetings of AIC members. More information can be found here.

FAIC/Samuel H. Kress Foundation International Travel Grant for Speakers
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Speakers at AIC’s Annual Meeting may apply for assistance to help defray the costs of international travel. More information can be found here.

George Stout Scholarship
Deadline: December 15, 2017
George Stout Scholarships help emerging conservators who are members of AIC defray the costs of attending professional meetings. More information can be found here.

FAIC/Tru Vue AIC Annual Meeting International Scholarships
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Scholarships are available to help individuals from outside North America who wish to attend the AIC Annual Meeting. More information can be found here.

J. Paul Getty Trust
http://www.getty.edu/grants/

Jeffris Family Foundation (based in Janesville, WI)
http://www.jeffrisfoundation.org/

Jeffris Heatland Fund
The Jeffris Family Foundation invites applications for matching grants to support the development of important historic preservation projects in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Jeffris Heartland Funds are designated for use in planning projects. More information can be found here.

Jeffris Capital Campaign Challenge Grants
The Jeffris Family Foundation invites partners to apply for Capital Campaign Challenge Grants in order to support the development of important historic preservation projects in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. More information can be found here.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation
http://www.kressfoundation.org/

Kress Foundation Conservation Grants
Deadlines (three dates each year): January 15, April 1, and October 1
Eligible non-profit institutions may apply for Conservation Grants to support the professional practice of art conservation. More information can be found here.

McKnight Foundation (based in Minnesota)
http://www.mcknight.org/

The Bay and Paul Foundations
http://www.bayandpaulfoundations.org/index.html