External Grant Heritage Conservation

Community-Based Archive Grants

Deadline: June 25, 2021 6:00 am

Source: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Description: Program provides direct support to community-based archives that represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or ability. For the purposes of this call, community-based archives are defined as collections of materials gathered, collected, and shared primarily by members of a marginalized community to document their collective histories. This year, the Foundation plans to prioritize those applications that are based in community advocacy and archive activation efforts.

Award: $50,000-100,000 grant 

Eligibility: Open to U.S.-based organizations with tax-exempt status as a 501(c) (3) public charity and an established and actively collecting archive (in operation for two or more years) with an annual operating budget between $50,000 and $750,000. Universities and historical societies ineligible.  See website for full eligibility details.

Deadline(s): Registration request due by 9 am ET, June 25, 2021; full application due by 9 am ET, July 2, 2021.

External Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory Landscape Architecture Residency

Oak Spring Garden Interdisciplinary Residencies

Deadline: July 15, 2021 8:59 pm

Source: Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Description: In 2022, the Oak Spring Garden Foundation will host five-week and two-week interdisciplinary residencies in support of artists, conservationist practitioners, researchers, scholars, scientists or writers who are pursuing work inspired by plants, gardens, and landscapes. The goal of this program is to provide individuals with the time and space to pursue their creative projects alongside other residents who may be examining the natural world from different perspectives.

Award: Five-week residency & $2,000 grant; or two-week residency & $800 grant

Eligibility: Residents will be exceptional practitioners who desire time and space to work on their creative projects. Awards will be granted based on excellence and merit, the applicant’s interest in joining an interdisciplinary cohort of artists-practitioners-researchers-scientists, and their work’s relationship to OSGF’s mission. Awardees cannot be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and must reside on-site for the entire duration of the program. 

Deadline: 11:59 pm EST, July 15, 2021

Architecture Design External Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory Landscape Architecture

NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Deadline: June 24, 2021 8:59 pm

Source: National Endowment for the Humanities

Description: The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are valued in this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. In support of its efforts to advance digital infrastructures and initiatives in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support some DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations. IMLS funding will encourage innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, and relevant public communities that advance preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services to empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, and strengthen knowledge networks. See website for more info.

Award: Level I: $50,000; Level II: $100,000; Level III: $325,000 in outright funds, with an additional $50,000 in matching funds.

Eligibility: Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities from organizations of all types and sizes. 

Deadline: June 24, 2021

External Grant Heritage Conservation

Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant

Deadline: June 30, 2021 8:59 pm

Source: International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), Washington D.C. chapter

Description: Recognizing the increasing importance of preserving our nation’s historic treasures the IFDA Educational Foundation established the Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant. The grant applicant must be involved in the interior furnishings industry or a related field and also involved in historic preservation/restoration of a public building or significant structure. The following are eligible activities and projects for which this Grant may be used: Obtaining services of consultants with expertise in areas such as architecture, planning, paint, wall covering or floor covering analysis, archeology, fund raising, media relations, education or graphic design. Include photographs or illustrations of the project, what role you would play and estimated costs, and timeline. Designing, producing and marketing print and video communications materials. Sponsoring preservation/restoration conferences and workshops. Designing and implementing innovative preservation/restoration educational programs. Financing an adaptive reuse project. Include photographs or illustrations of the project, what role you would play and estimated costs, and timeline.

Award: $2,000 

Eligibility: Grant is to be awarded to an individual in the interior furnishings field, a design professional, or an organization involved with historic preservation/restoration.

Deadline: Applications accepted June 1-30, 2021. 

External Grant Heritage Conservation Landscape Architecture Urbanism

COVID-19 Science Fund

Deadline: March 31, 2021 8:59 pm

Source: National Geographic Society

Description: In response to worldwide disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Geographic Society is providing funding for projects focused on how humanity and the natural world have reacted to and are living through the unparalleled circumstances created by COVID-19 in order to better understand how this pandemic—or the threat of another—will shape our world for years to come. Proposed projects should seek to better understand and/or provide solutions to the situations created or magnified by the pandemic, thereby helping us to understand and address the challenges and changes of living in a COVID-19 world. This fund invites research, conservation, and technology projects on the following two topics:

  1. Community-based and inclusive wildlife and cultural heritage site conservation. 
  2. Impacts of tourism changes on cultural heritage sites and wildlife. 

Below are examples of the types of questions and projects that the Society would like to receive:
How have community and grassroots organizations dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife and cultural heritage sites been impacted by COVID-19? How have organizations continued their conservation activities during the pandemic? What types of new models or innovative approaches to conservation are being tried? With people unable to afford to stay in cities, how are rural communities shaped and changed by people returning? Given the ongoing economic crises due to COVID-19, what lessons can be applied post pandemic to support sustainable and just economic recovery in areas with high biodiversity and/or cultural heritage resources? How have changes in global and/or domestic tourism affected wildlife, protected area management, cultural heritage site conservation, and the livelihoods and well-being of nearby communities? See website for more info.

Award: Up to $50,000.

Eligibility: Applicants must be 18 years or older. Only applications that propose activity in the applicant’s country of residence will be considered.

Deadline: Statement of interest accepted through 11:59 pm EDT, March 31, 2021. Applicants will receive decisions on their statement of interest by April 8, 2021. Full applications will be due by 11:59 pm EDT, May 19, 2021.

External Grant Heritage Conservation

2021 Preservation Technology and Training Grants

Deadline: March 15, 2021 4:00 pm

Source: National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)

Description: 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. PTT grants will support the following activities: innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $20,000); specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $20,000); and how-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000).

Award: $5,000-20,000

Eligibility: Federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

Deadline: 5 pm MT, March 15, 2021

Architecture Design External Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory Landscape Architecture

SPAM Publication Grant

Deadline: March 15, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Society for the Preservation of American Modernists (SPAM)

Description: Through an annual series of Publication Grants, SPAM supports the authorship of articles or books by independent scholars, writers, students, and professionals in the following subject areas: the artistic contributions of the American modernists, and the history of public and private support for the arts in the United States. Publication Grants are intended to encourage non-academics to do original research, and to encourage academics to make their research accessible to the public. SPAM will include the work—published or unpublished—in all SPAM research archives and databases. 

Award: Grants average $1,200.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from all individuals, but applicants with a clear and realistic publication plan will be favored by the selection committee.

Deadline: Applications must be received by March 15.

External Grant Heritage Conservation

The Eric DeLony Industrial Heritage Preservation Grant Fund

Deadline: March 1, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Society for Industrial Archeology

Description: The Society for Industrial Archeology offers grants for the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects. Awards are made to nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals. Contributions of in-kind services, as well as cash resources from the sponsoring and cosponsoring agencies may qualify for matching purposes. Funds may be used for a range of projects including, but not limited to: increasing public awareness of preservation efforts, photography, videography, preparing inventories and developing measured drawings of extant significant industrial sites, structures, maritime facilities and industrial artifacts. Grant recipients must agree to prepare a written summary of their project suitable for publication in either the SIA Newsletter and/or for Industrial Archeology, the Society’s scholarly journal.

Award: $1,000-3,000

Eligibility: Grants are open to qualified individuals, independent scholars, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Organizations are preferred over individuals. Substantial participation from state, county, or local history organizations is encouraged, although such groups do not necessarily need to be a sponsoring agency.

Deadline: March 1 (annually)

Architecture External Grant Heritage Conservation History / Theory

Barakat Major Awards Including Conservation and Conservation Training

Deadline: March 31, 2021 12:00 am

Source: Barakat Trust

Description: Supports fieldwork, research, study, exhibitions, conservation and documentation projects, and  training of professionals in fields associated with history, heritage, conservation and archaeology relating to: 
1) the history of art, architecture, and material culture of the Islamic world before 1920; 
2) the archaeological investigation of the Islamic world; 
3) the conservation of artifacts, buildings, and material culture produced in or for the Islamic world before 1920; 
4) libraries, museums, and other public institutions exhibiting the art and material culture of the Islamic world before 1920; 
5) education and training associated with 1-4; and 
6) conferences, exhibitions, and publications associate with 1-4.

Award: Up to £10,000; awards may not be paid directly to individuals and must instead be paid either to the institution to which an applicant belongs or to the institution at or through which an applicant is applying to conduct research or to study. 

Eligibility: Open to established scholars attached to research institutions, curators, and heritage professionals

Deadline: 12 am GMT, March 31, 2021