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Fundraising never stops for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. We’ve compiled a list of 2022 grants to help fund your digitization projects, collections, exhibitions, public programming, and more. 

Securing funding is critical for your institution. The Artwork Archive team wants to make sure that you have the budget to support your institution's mission along with your your day-to-day needs– staff, programming, collection management, etc.. That’s why we researched this year’s funding opportunities for collecting institutions. We hope this list provides the contributions you need in the coming year. 

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and that depending on when you read this article, the deadline may have passed for the year. The majority of these grants are recurring though. It's never too late to plan for 2023! And if you know of a grant opportunity that is not listed, please share with us at Artwork Archive

 

GRANTS IN THE UNITED STATES

(listed alphabetically by granting agency) 

 

AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS

The Museum Assessment Program

Is your museum seeking greater alignment of its activities, mission, and resources to serve its on or off campus community better? Or do you need data and recommendations to plan or make the case to university leadership for additional support and capacity?  Then look to MAP to help strengthen operations through a one-year process of guided self-assessment and consultative peer review.

The American Alliance of Museums is now accepting applications for its next Museum Assessment Program cohort, for any of the five assessment types: Organizational, Collections Stewardship, Community & Audience Engagement, Education & Interpretation, and Board Leadership. 

DEADLINE: February 1, 2022

 

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CONSERVATION AND THE FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT IN CONSERVATION

Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP)

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program is a joint effort of IMLS and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works to help small and mid-sized museums better care for their collections through a grant and recommendations.

DEADLINE: To be announced. Last year’s deadline was September 15, 2021

FINE PRINT: A CAP assessment is a study of an institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its collections care policies and procedures. The assessment involves a site visit by collections and building assessors, who spend two days touring the museum and interviewing staff and governing officials. The assessors then prepare a comprehensive report that outlines recommendations for improving collections care.

 

COUNCIL ON LIBRARY AND INFORMATION RESOURCES 

Digitizing Hidden Collections and Archives

This is a national competition for digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions. This new endeavor builds on the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant program. The competition is designed to: encourage approaches to digitization that make possible new kinds of scholarship; support the digitization of entire collections; promote strategic partnerships; promote best practices for ensuring long-term availability and discoverability of digital content; ensure that digitized content is made available to the public as easily and completely as possible.

DEADLINE: To be announced. Last year’s initial application deadline was April 30, 2021. 

 

INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES 

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program that inspires small museums to implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors and Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship and Public Access. The grant period may last up to two years. 

IMLS hosts webinars in advance of the application deadline. You can reference FY2020’s webinar here.

AMOUNT: $5,000-$50,000

DEADLINE: November 15, 2022

 

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

The Museum Grant for African American History and Culture is awarded to projects in African American History and Culture museums looking to improve operations, collections management, and professional management of the institution. The grant period may last up to three years. 

AMOUNT: $5,000 - $250,000

DEADLINE: November 15, 2022

FINE PRINT: There is a cost-share requirement. You must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request. No cost-sharing is required for applications requesting amounts from $5,000-$50,000.

 

National Leadership Grants for Museums

This cost-sharing grant is awarded to projects that resolve major issues in the museum field while advancing the profession and serving the public. The categories for this grant focus on five separate areas: • Collections Care and Public Access • Data, Analysis, and Assessment • Digital Platforms and Applications • Diversity and Inclusion • Professional Development. This grant is offered annually. The grant period is up to three years. 

AMOUNT: $5,000–$750,000

DEADLINE: November 15, 2022

FINE PRINT: There is a cost share requirement. 

 

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

This grant is awarded to institutions that support Native American tribes that serve and represent Native Hawaiians. The funding backs projects that sustain heritage, culture, and learning through exhibitions, public programming, collections care, educational programming, and professional development. The grant period is up to two years. There is no cost share requirement. 

AMOUNT: $5,000–$1,000,000

DEADLINE: November 15, 2022

 

Save America’s Treasures

Save America’s Treasures supports the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections. This grant program in collaboration with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

DEADLINE: Deadline has passed (December 14, 2021). Stay tuned for 2022 dates.

FINE PRINT: Designed to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections, the grant program is competitive and requires a dollar-for-dollar match. Individual properties or collections that received an SAT grant in the past are not eligible for additional funding. A list of past funded projects can be found at http://go.nps.gov/satmap.

 

GAYLORD AND DOROTHY DONNELLEY FOUNDATION

Artistic Vitality Grants

The Foundations supports nearly 175 small, professional arts organizations of all disciplines. They provide general operating grants, technical assistance, and other support to help their arts partners sustain their artistry and strengthen their operations.

ELIGIBILITY: This grant is only available to those in the Chicago and the South Carolina Lowcountry arts ecosystem.

DEADLINE: There are two application rounds – April 1, 2022 and July 29, 2022.

 

Collections Grants

The Foundation has a new collections strategy: Broadening Narratives. This new strategy encourages collecting organizations to prioritize a wider sharing of diverse narratives from two geographies: the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Diverse narratives include the stories and perspectives of African Americans, Indigenous peoples, and other people of color; LGBTQ perspectives; working-class narratives; small community experiences; as well as other underrepresented perspectives in the areas of science, public health and the natural world. 

ELIGIBILITY: This grant is only available to those in the Chicago and the South Carolina Lowcountry arts ecosystem.

DEADLINE: There are two application rounds – April 1, 2022 and July 29, 2022.

 

LUCE FOUNDATION

Responsive Grants — American Art Collections

The Responsive Grant funds projects by arts and culture organizations that protect collections that are important to the overall field of museums, libraries, and culture. The grant covers an array of projects, including conservation, collection digitization, and large installations. The grants are given throughout the year and reviewed at foundation board meetings. A hard copy letter of inquiry must be sent to the organization to be considered, they do not accept electronic submissions.

DEADLINE: Rolling

FINE PRINT: Projects ineligible for funding by the American Art Program include those that deal exclusively with film, performance art or the work of emerging artists. The Program does not fund the creation of works of art, the purchase of works of art, the production of documentary films about American art, or projects in the performing arts.

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images.

Projects may focus on broad movements in U.S. history, such as law, politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience, or on the papers of individual figure(s) in American history. Collections that center the voices and document the history of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are especially welcome.

With the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence approaching, the Commission is especially interested in projects that promote discovery and access to collections that explore the ideals behind our nation’s founding and the continuous debate over those ideals to the present day.

DRAFT DEADLINE (OPTIONAL): April 1, 2022

DEADLINE: June 8, 2022

 

Archives Collaboratives

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks Archives Collaboratives of three or more repositories working together to make their collections more readily available for public discovery and use. The grant program will fund Archives Collaboratives to share best practices, tools, and techniques; assess institutional strengths and opportunities; create replicable and sustainable digital platforms for historical collections; virtually unify records from multiple repositories; and promote management structures for long-term sustainability and growth.

The Commission welcomes collaborations that target institutional advancement for small and underserved local archives and repositories, especially those with collections that focus on the voices and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Archives Collaboratives must consist of three or more organizations.

DRAFT DEADLINE (OPTIONAL): April 1, 2022

DEADLINE: June 8, 2022

 

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA) 

Grants for Art Projects: Museums

This grant funds projects that support community engagement, and exhibitions and collections. Many different kinds of proposals are eligible, including projects that highlight exhibitions, collections care, and conservation. 

DEADLINE: This grant is offered twice a year. The first deadline is February 10, 2022, and the second deadline is July 7, 2022. 

 

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) 

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program gives funding to projects that are looking to extend the life of collections, and make their content widely available, including through digital technologies. The expected output is a digitized collection, web resources, catalogs, databases, or encyclopedias. The awards are offered for both planning and implementation. 

AMOUNT: Implementation projects: $350,000. Foundation projects: $50,000 (NEH offers an additional $10,000 to support inter-institutional planning and pilot activities).

APPLICATION AVAILABLE: May 19, 2022

DEADLINE: July 19, 2022

FINE PRINT: The period of performance for Implementation projects is three years and the Foundations project is two years.

 

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant

NEH is offering Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants to strengthen humanities organizations’ physical infrastructure through capital projects. Awards of federal matching funds support the purchase, design, construction, restoration, or renovation of buildings or sites of national, historical, architectural, or cultural significance and facilities that house humanities collections or are used for humanities activities. Proposals must enhance the institution’s impact on the humanities over the long term and build on careful strategic planning.
 
Capital Projects grants can include costs related to planning as well as the purchase and installation of related moveable and permanently affixed equipment for exhibiting, maintaining, monitoring, and protecting collections, and for critical building systems. 
 
All NEH dollars must be matched by third-party, nonfederal funds. There are three levels of awards with different match ratios: For requests up to $150,000 the match ratio is 1:1. From $150,001 to $500,000 it is 3:1. From $500,001-$1,000,000 it is 4:1. 
 
Expected notification date: December 15, 2022 
Project start dates: March 1, 2023 – June 1, 2023 

AMOUNT: Maximum award amount is $1,000,000 

DEADLINE: May 17, 2022 

 

Public Humanities Projects

The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming.  Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Awards support projects that are intended to reach broad and diverse public audiences in non-classroom settings in the United States. Projects should engage with ideas that are accessible to the general public and employ appealing interpretive formats.

Three categories of projects are supported in this grant program (Exhibitions, Historic Places, and Humanities Discussions), at two funding levels (Planning and Implementation). Proposed projects may include complementary components: for example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website or mobile app.

AMOUNT: Planning Level Grants (Exhibitions and Historic Site Interpretations ONLY) – up to $75,000

Implementation Level Grants – up to $400,000 

DEADLINE: The deadline has passed (January 12, 2022). Stay tuned for 2023 dates.

 

Research and Development

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.  These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.

This program supports projects at all stages of development, from early planning and stand-alone studies, to advanced implementation. Projects may produce any combination of laboratory datasets, guidelines for standards, open access software tools, workflow and equipment specifications, widely used metadata schema, or other products.

AMOUNT: Up to $350,000

APPLICATION AVAILABLE: March 18, 2022

DEADLINE: May 17, 2022

FINE PRINT: Applicants must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access through a Research and Development project would benefit the cultural heritage community by supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

 

Preservation and Access Education and Training

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.  

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). 

AMOUNT: Up to $350,000

APPLICATION AVAILABLE: March 18, 2022

DEADLINE: May 17, 2022

FINE PRINT: 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.  

 

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions 

Preservation Assistance Grants can help small and mid-sized cultural institutions protect their digital collections by funding digital preservation needs assessments and the creation of detailed preservation plans for digital collections. Applicants may also receive funding to host digital preservation workshops.

Funding can be for: Preservation assessments, planning, and supplies; Professional development on preservation & access topics 

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus. When assessing the preservation needs of library, museum, or archival holdings, applicants should seek a consultant whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections and who is knowledgeable about the preservation of collections in these types of institutions. 

The program encourages applications from small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant; community colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities; and Native American tribes and Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian organizations with significant humanities collections. Furthermore, organizations or collections that represent the contributions of under-represented communities are highly encouraged. 

AMOUNT:  Up to $10,000 ($15,000 for A More Perfect Union planning projects)

DEADLINE: Deadline has passed (January 13, 2022). Stay tuned for 2023 dates. 

 

NATIONAL PARK SERVICES

Underrepresented Community Grants

The National Park Service’s (NPS) Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) serves the mission of diversifying the sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places to include communities that are currently underrepresented. Projects include surveys and nominations of historic sites associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register. Every application must produce a National Register nomination or an amendment.

DEADLINE: January 11, 2022.

 

NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes representing African American cultural heritage. The fund supports work in four primary areas: Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation.

AMOUNT: Grants made from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will range from $50,000 to $150,000. In 2021, the National Trust awarded $3 million to 40 projects.

DEADLINE: January 14, 2022

 

Telling the Full History Preservation Fund

This program will provide financial support to eligible organizations to preserve and interpret historic places across the nation that illuminate narratives of underrepresented groups of people. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, women, immigrants, Asian Americans, Black Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and LGBTQ communities.

This program has two overarching goals: (1) to support the core activities of humanities-based organizations as they recover from the pandemic and (2) to support organizations or projects that use historic places as catalysts for a more just and equitable society. Along with grant funding, National Trust staff will provide technical assistance to grantees. We anticipate awarding 60-80 grants through this one-time grant program. Grants from the Telling the Full History Preservation Fund may be used to fund up to 100% of the proposed project.

AMOUNT: $25,000 and $50,000

DEADLINE: Deadline has passed (December 15, 2021). Stay tuned for 2022 dates.

 

You can also search for grants distributed at the state level, here.

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INTERNATIONAL GRANTS

(listed alphabetically by granting agency) 

 

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA 

Collections Management

The Collections Management Fund provides funding for projects to improve knowledge, skills, and practices related to key museum functions. To view guidelines, visit the link above. To apply, contact your Regional Office of the Department of Canadian Heritage for an application package. 

DEADLINE: Deadline has passed (December 22, 2021). Stay tuned for 2022 dates.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTS COUNCIL 

Museums, Indigenous Cultural Centres and Visual Arts Organizations Projects

This fund supports the development, enrichment, and creation of new or unique public programming and documentation, including exhibitions, dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new forms, audience development or collections management projects.

WHO: To apply, you must be based in British Columbia and offer programming in B.C.

DEADLINE: Deadline has passed (October 15, 2021). Stay tuned for 2022 dates.

 

EUROPEAN HERITAGE AWARDS

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund awards grants to all kinds of museums and institutions in the UK, giving over £2 billion to more than 3,500 museum projects since 1994. Grants can be used to update the museum’s physical plant, protect collections, support acquisitions, and more.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2022

 

ROTHSCHILD FOUNDATION 

Museum Collection Management Grants

The Rothschild Foundation supports the preservation of Jewish Culture around the world. Through multiple annual museum grants, Rothschild funds both traveling and permanent exhibitions, collections management, professional development, and multi-museum exhibition planning.

WHO: The Rothschild Foundation welcomes applications from any organization or institution active in Europe (including Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus), where activities qualify as charitable under UK charity law. 

DEADLINE: April 25, 2022

 

THE WOLFSON FOUNDATION

Annual grants

The Wolfson Foundation provides annual grants for educational institutions and organizations with collections and can be used to renovate and improve museums and collections across the UK. 

 

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