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Outside Funding Sources

Funding for individual study or research in conservation through FAIC is limited. The following list of conservation-related grant and fellowship programs may be of help.

Some information is included below, and you can follow the external links for further details on each funding opportunity.

For Conservation Projects

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Museum Assessment Program
Since 1981, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has helped museums maintain and improve operations through a confidential, consultative process.  We provide guidance in meeting priorities and goals and understanding how your museum compares to standards and best practices. Participating in MAP can help: prioritize goals so you can allocate resources wisely, document your needs so that you can make a stronger case to funders, provide recommendations on ways to become an even stronger institution. In less than a year, your museum can complete a self-study, have a site visit by a peer reviewer and begin implementing recommendations. For more information, visit

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has established this clearinghouse of information to assist the preservation community and the general public in exploring the range of preservation funding options. The emphasis is on Federal funding, with more limited discussion of State, tribal, local, and non-profit funding opportunities. For more information, visit

Archaeological Institute of America Site Preservation Grant 
This grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA's mission to preserve and promote the world's archaeological heritage for future generations. The goal of the grant, which carries a maximum value of $25,000 to be awarded over the course of one to three years, is to maximize global preservation efforts and awareness through AIA support. The AIA is targeting projects that not only seek to directly preserve archaeological sites, but those that also emphasize outreach, education, and/or best practices intended to create a positive impact on the local community, students, and the discipline of archaeology as a whole. For more information, visit

Bay and Paul Foundations Collections Care and Conservation Program
This program provides modest support for conservation and preservation projects to archives, museums, libraries, botanical gardens and historic sites, and has helped to strengthen these efforts nationwide through support of not-for-profit regional conservation centers, manuals, publications and collections care training programs. For more information, visit

Conservation by Design “Book Conservation” Summer School Scholarship

Conservation by Design invites conservators and skilled bookbinders to apply for the renowned scholarship. The winner will receive £1,500 towards the cost of attending the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School, a unique bookbinding course held each year in the beautiful medieval town of Montefiascone, Italy.  Running from the heart of the medieval town throughout the month of August, each week the summer school features a different specialised course and tutor. The scholarship is offered in memory of Dr Nicholas Hadgraft, a good friend of Conservation By Design who died tragically in 2004. Nicholas was a fellow of the University of the Arts London and a key collaborator on the “Squelch Drying” technique devised by Stuart Welch (the founder of CXD), the most effective way to date of drying valuable rare books. For further information on the Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship, contact Conservation By Design on 01234 844 260 or visit

Greater Hudson Heritage Network Conservation Treatment Grant Program
The Conservation Treatment Grant Program, administered by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network (Greater Hudson), in association with the Museum Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. The work must be performed by, or under direct supervision of, a professional conservator. For more information, visit

Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. For more information, visit

Library of Congress
Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2010 Edition is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center. This publication lists 2,270 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 505 foundations, from 2005 through the publication date of this guide. It covers grants to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries, and to archives and museums for activities related to conservation and preservation. For more information, download Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2010 Edition 

National Archives - National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Congress established the NHPRC grants program to promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage. The NHPRC supports projects to: research and develop means to preserve authentic electronic records, assist archives through a network of state partners, preserve and make accessible records and archives, publish papers documenting America's founding era, publish papers documenting other eras and topics important to an understanding of American history, improve professional education for archivists and historical documentary editors. For more information, visit

National Archives -  State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) Grants
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture. For more information, visit

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
Each state has a historic preservation officer, who may be able to provide additional suggestions specific to your state or region.  For contact information for the preservation officer in your state, visit

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Indemnity Program
The National Endowment for the Arts administers the U.S. Government's Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program on behalf of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities (FCAH). The Indemnity Program was created by Congress in 1975 for the purpose of minimizing the costs of insuring international exhibitions. For more information visit,

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation and Access Grants 
The division’s grant programs recognize that good stewardship of cultural resources requires equal attention to both preservation and access. All of the division’s programs focus on ensuring the long-term and wide availability of primary resources in the humanities. For more information visit,

National Film Preservation Foundation Grants 
The NFPF helps archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and universities preserve and make available American films that are not likely to survive without public support. The NFPF offers several types of preservation grants supporting the creation of preservation and access copies of American orphan films of historic and cultural interest. Fore more information, visit

National Trust Preservation Funds Grants
The National Trust Preservation Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation offers several types of financial assistance to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, for-profit companies, and individuals involved in preservation-related projects. For more informaiton, visit

Preserve America Communities 
Communities may apply for special designation as a Preserve America Community, which recognizes communities that: protect and celebrate their heritage; use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization; and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs. For more information, visit

Society for Industrial Archeology
The Society for Industrial Archeology offers Industrial Heritage Preservation Grants (IHPG) from $1000 to $3000 for the study, documentation, recordation, and/or preservation of significant historic industrial sites, structures, and objects. Awards are made to nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals. Application deadline March 1. For more information, visit

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For Individual Study or Research

Funding for individual study or research in conservation is limited.  The following sources may be of help.

American Academy in Rome
The American Academy in Rome has awarded the “Rome Prize” to conservators conducting in research in Italy. For more information, visit

American Architectural Foundation Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship Since 1990, the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship, co-sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation and the French Heritage Society, offers mid-career American and French design professionals an intensive six-month exchange experience that showcases the latest scholarship and practice around historic preservation and architectural heritage. For more information, visit

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Alderson Summer Internship Grants
AASLH offers this internship opportunity (up to $1,000) for three of its members to hire a summer intern. The host institution must provide information on what they expect their intern to do and match funds at a 1:4 level (that is $1 for every $4 AASLH provides). Requirements: Applicants must be an institutional member of AASLH; applicants must have an annual operating budget under $250,000; application must be received by AASLH office by 5 p.m. on December 10. For more information, visit

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation program for art museums is designed to help excellent institutions build and sustain their capacity to undertake serious scholarship on their permanent collections; to preserve these collections; and to share the results of their work in appropriate ways with scholarly and other audiences. The art conservation program concentrates largely on advanced training for future generations of conservators, but it also undergirds fundamental work in developing fields such as photograph conservation and conservation science – areas of increasing importance to conservation as a whole. For more information visit,

Fitch Foundation 
The Fitch Foundation offers support for original research in historic preservation, including decorative arts. For more information, visit,

Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program has a long history of supporting international scholarly research. For more information, visit

Getty Grant Program
The Foundation promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation by supporting projects that foster collaboration between conservators, art historians, conservation scientists, and other heritage professionals. For more information, visit

John Anson Kittredge Foundation
The John Anson Kittredge Foundation has made small, one-time grants to conservators attending workshops and conferences. For more infomation, write to the John Anson Kittredge Foundation, c/o Ernest R. May, P.O. Box 2883, Cambridge, MA 02138.

J. Paul Getty Trust
The J. Paul Getty Trust offers scholarships for research residencies at the Getty Center.  For more information, visit

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) Grants
NCPTT seeks innovative projects that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation. The PTT Grants program funds projects that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. For more information, visit

National Gallery of Art Conservation Fellowships
Since 1983 the conservation division has offered fellowships that have enabled graduates of conservation programs to participate in the Gallery's mission to care for the collections. The program allows novice conservators to practice and refine their skills through the examination and treatment of works of art. The fellowships are supported by both the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation. Fellows serve for a three-year period in the painting, paper, object, or scientific research department. Fore more information, visit

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Conservation Grants Program
The Conservation program supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies.  Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events. Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distributed Kress Collection, and is coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. For more information, visit

Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections
This fellowships program is offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for recent graduates of masters programs in art and archaeological conservation or the equivalent or conservation scientists, including those at the postdoctoral level, who wish to conduct research and gain further training in Smithsonian conservation laboratories for conservation of objects in museum collections. For more information, visit

Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowship Opportunities 
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in art and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. For  more information, visit

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute 
Fellowships and internships at MCI span a wide variety academic disciplines. Whether the visitor is a fellow in materials science or conservation, or an intern in conservation, there is a common thread --that the experience benefits the students' understanding of artifact characterization or preservation. The Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute offers fellowship and internship opportunities involving a variety of artifact analysis, preservation, and conservation treatment specialties. MCI's commitment is to enhance the experience of the fellow or intern, providing specialized technical and scientific training. Such training contributes significantly to the qualifications of the students in their subsequent professional employment.  For more information, visit

University of Michigan Library Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Paper Conservation
The Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship provides financial support for conservators at various levels in their careers to enable them to spend time in the University of Michigan Library's Conservation Lab to increase their knowledge about the conservation of paper-based collections. Projects that center on the conservation of related non-paper materials, such as papyrus or parchment/vellum, will also be considered. While most fellows will work with U-M Library conservators to increase their own knowledge and skills, a fellow may also join the lab primarily to pass on her/his expertise to the U-M conservators. Building and sharing knowledge are the primary goals of this fellowship. For more information, visit

Winterthur Research Fellowship Program
Academic, independent, and museum scholars, as well as advanced graduate students are invited to apply for short and long-term residential research fellowships. Research fellows conduct research in many areas of social and cultural history, including material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the Atlantic World, and objects in literature. Application deadline January 15. For more information, visit

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For Formal Education Programs

The College Board has resources and links for various college scholarship programs. For more information, visit

In addition, be sure to visit the websites of colleges you are applying to.  Most will have a wealth of resources and links.

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