The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access is pleased to announce the release of the 2020 guidelines for its Preservation and Access Education and Training grant program:  

The deadline for submission is June 11, 2020 for a project start date of March 1, 2020.  

The Preservation and Access Education and Training program supports the development of knowledge and skills among professionals responsible for preserving and establishing access to humanities collections. 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 collections, electronic records, and digital objects. The challenge of preserving and making accessible such large and diverse holdings is enormous, and the need for knowledgeable staff is significant and ongoing.  

Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national, regional, or statewide education and training programs across the pedagogical landscape, and at all stages of development. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants support projects that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce heritage practitioners to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.  

Please note that the program guidelines include the following expanded funding opportunities:  

Programs that grant graduate degrees in art conservation may apply for up to $250,000 in outright funds and up to $100,000 in federal matching funds for a period of performance of not less than three years and up to five years. All other applicants may apply for up to $350,000 in outright funds, or a combination of outright and matching funds, not to exceed $350,000 for a period of performance of up to three years.  

Awards should support project-specific costs such as, but not limited to -- training offered by preservation field services, training in current preservation or access topics for staff responsible for the care of humanities collections; workshops, webinars, technical training, instructional series, postgraduate fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships, and residencies; student financial support beyond tuition; curriculum development; speaker series and travel; as well as fellowships or internships toward a master’s degree in programs such as art conservation, library science, museum studies, and archival administration. All other considerations being equal, NEH gives preference to those projects that dedicate most, if not all, requested outright funding to support project-specific costs (as opposed to institutional or operational support more broadly).  

We are continuing special encouragements for Protecting our Cultural Heritage and for institutions in federally declared disaster areas, and we encourage applicants to consider our new “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.  

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