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Preservation Assistance Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities

As part of an initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Preservation Assistance Grants of up to $5000 are available to enhance the capacity of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations to preserve humanities collections, including books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, oral histories, recorded sound, and objects of material culture. The deadline to apply is May 16, 2005, for projects beginning January 2006.

Application guidelines and information on eligibility and activities that may be supported by the grants can be found at the NEH website.

The Regional Alliance for Preservation (RAP) is offering advice and assistance to institutions developing grant proposals for the Preservation Assistance Grants. For Texas, the RAP member to contact is Shelby Sanett, Imaging and Preservation Services manager at Amigos Library Services, Inc. Call (800) 843-8482 or e-mail NEH staff is also available to answer questions about the application process. Call (202) 606-8570 or e-mail

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THRAB and the NHPRC Grant Program

Man working with historic records The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board participates in the grants program of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) by encouraging, reviewing, and forwarding selected grant requests to the NHPRC for approval and funding. These requests come from Texas institutions and organizations seeking financial support to help preserve papers and records. The Board encourages grant applications from historical societies, libraries, colleges and universities, local governments, and other institutions and organizations that collect and maintain historical records.

Through its grants program, the NHPRC encourages a greater effort by private organizations and government to preserve and make available for use those records that foster an understanding and appreciation of American history. In the public sector, these historical records document significant activities of state, county, municipal, and other units of government. In the private sector, historical records include manuscripts, personal and family papers, and organizational and corporate archives that are maintained by a variety of repositories. In addition to endorsing activities relating directly to a body of records, the Commission supports projects promoting cooperative efforts among institutions and organizations and projects improving the knowledge, performance, and professional skills of individuals who work with historical records.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the THRAB coordinator ( in the early stages of preparing their NHPRC grant drafts, for advice and assistance in developing a comprehensive proposal for the NHPRC's national-level review process. Proposals for NHPRC grants should be submitted to THRAB by:

  • April 15 for founding era documentary editing projects, and electronic records projects. (NHPRC deadline June 1)

  • August 15 for all other eligible projects (NHPRC deadline October 1)

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Priority Areas For Grant Proposals

The Board has determined that there are four areas that deserve special attention. In general, grant proposals falling within one or more of the priority areas stand the best chance of recommendation for funding, but well-developed and innovative proposals of any kind that fall within the NHPRC's funding parameters are encouraged. Applicants should also be aware that projects that address more than one priority area will be especially strong. The priorities are listed here without ranking; all are important.


To devise programs and strategies to ensure the identification and preservation of historical records, especially through collaborative efforts.

  • Suggested Program Approaches

  • surveying of historical collections within a defined geographic area

  • documenting underdocumented communities

  • identifying, evaluating, processing, and/or inventorying unprocessed holdings

  • preserving information and historical records in microfilm format for the combined purpose of space saving, security, and wider availability

  • promoting in-state regional collaboration among repositories and other agencies for the purpose of identifying, evaluating, and accessing materials in appropriately equipped repositories

  • developing regional conservation projects

  • identifying, appraising, preserving, and providing accessing to electronic records


To disseminate information on historical records through prepared guides, publications and/or electronic access that meet national standards

  • Suggested Program Approaches

  • creating access tools containing information covering the scope and content of collections

  • compiling or updating print or electronic format guides or access tools developed by repositories throughout Texas.


To inform agencies, institutions and the general public of the importance and potential historical value and relevance of the records they create.

  • Suggested Program Approaches

  • educating records custodians and the general public about the importance of preserving materials of historical value and of the problems associated with their security and maintenance

  • educating government officials, college administrators, and others in positions of responsibility as to the importance of archival activity


To develop educational programs for archivists, records custodians, and other information professionals.

  • Suggested Program Approaches

  • creating workshops and guided study programs for beginning archivists, records custodians, and other information professionals that provide demonstrations of techniques

  • developing and/or improving archival education programs on a graduate level in colleges and universities

  • providing for internships to allow students to receive on-the-job training in established repositories

  • allowing archivists, records custodians, and other information professionals to attend out of state workshops for the expressed purpose of receiving training to conduct archival workshops in Texas

  • training archivists, records custodians, and other information professionals to manage info
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IMLS Grant Information

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) offers a wide variety of grants. More information can be found at the IMLS website.

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THC Grant Information

The History Programs Division of the Texas Historical Commission (THC) is accepting applications for Texas History Museum Grants for conservation projects. Grant funds will be available for projects undertaken after February 1, 2005 and completed by July 1, 2005.

Funding is available for conservation and preservation projects and/or supplies such as acid-free storage materials, archival storage units, UV filtering products, conservation surveys, and artifacts conservation.

The maximum grant amount per museum is $1000, with grant funds payable upon completion of the project as a reimbursement for expenses incurred. A completion report and proof of purchase will be required as documentation.

Applications must be received by 5:00 P.M. on December 10, 2004. More information can be found at the THC website.

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