Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

 

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country face an enormous challenge: to preserve collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for life-long learning in the humanities. Ensuring the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art, and historical objects requires institutions to implement measures that slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss. This work is best accomplished through preventive conservation, which encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and from natural and man-made disasters. As museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, they must find ways to implement preventive conservation measures that are sustainable. This program therefore helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. Sustainable approaches to preservation can contribute to an institutionÂżs financial health, reduce its use of fossil fuels, and benefit its green initiatives, while ensuring that collections are well cared for and available for use in humanities programming, education, and research.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20141203-PF
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
Office: National Endowment for the Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Grant
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Deadlines
12/03/2014
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8570 or preservation@neh.gov

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Division of Preservation and
Website Address
http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/sustaining-cultural-heritage-collections
E-mail Address
preservation@neh.gov
Financial Information
Obligations
$0.00
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $1.00 to $350,000.00

 


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