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Funding Resources

Museums might find the following resources useful when seeking support for collections care projects based on recommendations in the CAP report.

National Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Museums for America (MFA)
MFA grants provide support for collections care projects. Grants range from $5,000–$250,000, and grants under $50,000 require no match. MFA has three project categories: learning experiences, community anchors, and collections stewardship. Learn more about how Museums for America grants can help CAP participants implement the recommendations in their CAP report in this recorded webinar.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. The maximum grant amount is $6,000.

Common Heritage Grant
This grant focuses on digitizing historical materials through partnerships between community members and their local museums or historical organizations. Funding may be up to $12,000 and does not require a match.

Society for Industrial Archaeology (SIA)

Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants
The Society for Industrial Archaeology offers Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants (IHPG) from $1,000 to $3,000 for the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects. 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. 

Costume Society of America (CSA)

CSA Small Museums Collection Care Grant
A CSA Small Museum Collection Care Grant of $1,500 is intended to assist the costume and textiles collection of a small museum (including historical societies, historic houses or sites, and other similar institutions) that has a very limited budget and staff. Funding may be used to support the care, conservation, and/or exhibition of costume and textiles that have historic, regional, or other significance and are intended for preservation. Preference is given to institutions that have previously undergone a Collection Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program Grant.

College and University Collection Care Grant
A CSA College and University Collection Care Grant of $1,500 is intended to assist the costume and textiles collection of a college or university that receives little or no financial support from its institution. Funding may be used to support the care, conservation, and/or instructional mission of a collection of historic, period, or otherwise informative costume and textiles that are intended for preservation and are used for study by an institution that has a degree program in apparel, textiles, or theatre.


State Grants

Most states offer grant funding for museum and/or preservation activities. Visit the State Grants page to find opportunities in your state.


Additional Fundraising Resources

Technical Guides

Capitalize on Collections Care
This booklet shares strategies for fundraising at your museum. It outlines some principles and strategies that can help garner support from the private and public sectors, especially your local community. It also provides a variety of case studies and examples to show how fundraising for preservation and conservation can be successful.

Webinars

Fundraising for Collections Care
This free online course offers training, tools and tips through a series of self-paced webinars. It reviews the basics of creating a fundraising plan, where to look for support, how to cultivate individual donors and members, how to write successful proposals, and creative ideas for funding your collections care projects.

Telling the Story of Your Collections to the Press
Do you feel that your collection is rich in stories, but no one is interested? This recorded webinar discusses how to attract the attention of journalists and present your collections’ stories in a way that will draw attention, which can ultimately help with fundraising.

Funding For Collections Care     
One of the biggest challenges in moving ahead with collections care projects can be finding adequate funding. Learn how enthusiasm in making the case, coupled with a rich understanding of the stories behind your collections, can yield success in fundraising.

So, You Want to Run a Kickstarter Campaign? Lessons/Tips for Crowd Funding Your Project
Crowdfunding, once a novel approach to financing a project, has now become mainstream with multiple hosting platforms to choose from. In this Connecting to Collections Care webinar, conservator J. Claire Dean highlights the challenges and rewards of using a crowdfunding approach. The most popular platforms are discussed, as are the key factors to organizing, promoting, and completing a campaign.

Adopt-an-Object Fundraising Tool
Object adoption programs offer a unique opportunity for visitors to meaningfully contribute to conservation efforts and to gain a sense of ownership of their favorite objects and institutions. This live chat discussed existing Adopt-an-Object models and explored the lessons learned by the institutions that have used them.