Guidelines Announced for American Heritage Preservation Grants

Deadline: September 15, 2009
The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have announced the 2010 guidelines for the American Heritage Preservation Program. The program is designed to help preserve objects that “that convey the essential character and experience of the United States.”

The program will fund the preservation of endangered and fragile art works, rare books, scientific specimens, and historical documents (photographs, maps, deeds, etc.) held in small and medium-sized museums, archives, and libraries. Grants provide up to $3,000 each for stand-alone conservation projects. Funds may be used for treatment of library, museum, and archival collections; improvement of collections storage; or environmental improvement of collections.

Priority will be given to smaller institutions, but all libraries, archives, and museums that meet IMLS institutional eligibility criteria are eligible. Applicants must be either a unit of state or local government or a private not-for-profit organization that has tax-exempt status, and be located in one of the fifty states of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated states of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
Application guidelines and instructions are available at the IMLS Web site.

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