IIC 2018 Congress: Getty Foundation grants for attendance – now open

Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation we are able to offer a limited number of grants to enable practicing conservators to attend the IIC 2018 Congress in Turin – Preventive Conservation: The State of the Art – to be held from September 10 – 14, 2018 (see here for more information: http://iicturincongress2018.com).

Application for Getty Foundation grants to the 2018 IIC Congress is open to individuals from any country not part of Western Europe, North America, Australasia or Japan currently in employment in either a public or a private capacity and is subject to the regulations of the Getty Foundation. These grants are not available to students, nor to recipients of other IIC-managed grants related to attendance at this IIC Congress.

How to apply: There is no formal application form for these grants.  Instead you will need to send to the IIC office an application made up of three things:

  1. A brief statement (up to 250 words, in English) describing how attendance at the Congress would be of benefit to you and to conservation in your country
  2. A copy of your current CV (curriculum vitae) with your full name and contact details / home postal address
  3. A signed letter of support from one senior professional conservator, who should be named, with their affiliations and full contact details

Applications will be accepted in English only.  Applications will be accepted by post, fax or email and should be received by the May 31, 2018 please see the contact details on the IIC web-site: https://www.iiconservation.org/node/2735.

Criteria for selection will include:

  • The current involvement of the applicant in conservation
  • The relevance of the Congress theme to her/his current work
  • The potential benefit to her/his career
  • The potential benefit to conservation of cultural heritage in her/his country.

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified as soon as a decision has been made. Successful applicants will be informed of the arrangements for payment of the grant.

After the congress: Successful applicants are required to submit a short report of their participation, after their return home, to IIC; this will then be sent on to the Getty Foundation.

Grant opportunity: NEH Preservation and Access Education and Training Grant Program

Grant announcement
U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities’ Preservation and Access Education and Training Grant Program

Submission deadline
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Grant information page

Description of program
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 or regional education and training programs that reach audiences in more than one state. 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 also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

This year, we have a new special encouragement for applicants in federally declared disaster areas:  Mindful of the importance of preserving cultural heritage in regions affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as wildfires and mudslides in California, and recognizing the importance of planning, mitigation, and long-term recovery efforts, NEH encourages applications from-and projects that support-cultural institutions in federally designated disaster areas. Project activities can include training sessions related to recovery efforts, the development of regional mutual aid consortia, and workshops focused on emergency planning and response.

Any U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is eligible (including institutions of higher education), as are state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments. To be eligible to apply, applicants must offer national or regional education and training programs that reach audiences in more than one state.

You may direct questions to Senior Program Officer Joshua Sternfeld. jsternfeld@neh.gov.

National Fund for Sacred Places – Deadline April 17

Grant Funding for Sacred Places

From prairie churches to urban cathedrals and synagogues, historic sacred places are often the oldest, and most beautiful, buildings within our communities. Grants from the National Fund for Sacred Places help to keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage. The Fund for Sacred Places is a comprehensive program that provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work on their historic facilities. Letters of Intent due April 17.


Nominations for Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

Nominations Sought for Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant (American Library Association-Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant was established to honor Jan Merrill-Oldham, distinguished leader, author and mentor in the field of library and archives preservation. The grant provides the recipient the opportunity to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference in order to contribute to his/her professional development.

The recipient will attend meetings and programs, and will be required to submit a short essay on their conference experience to the ALCTS News. The grant consists of a $1,250 cash grant donated by the Library Binding Council, BMI and a citation to be presented at the ALCTS Awards ceremony. The grant is applicable toward airfare, lodging and registration fees related to ALA Annual Conference attendance.

Send nominations or applications, including the following name, address, phone number and email address of the nominee and nominating party or applicant; letter of application or nomination; two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who know the candidate and his/her work; resume or curriculum vitae; short essay (up to 500 words) on the following theme: “How would receiving the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant further your professional development goals?,” to Beth Doyle, chair, grant jury.

For more information, visit the Jan Merrill-Oldham Grant page at: www.ala.org/alcts/awards/grants/jmogrant.

Fellowship: Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellow

Applications for 2017 funding are now being accepted. Applications must be submitted by October 26, 2016, 11:00 p.m. EST. 
Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one mid-career professional whose research project relates to the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art, architecture and related disciplines from antiquity to the early 19th century, in the context of historic preservation in the United States. Potential Kress Fellow projects could include the exploration of shared European and American influences in style, design, materials, construction techniques, building types, conservation and interpretation methodologies, philosophical and theoretical attitudes, and other factors applicable to preservation in both Europe and America.
Funding for the Kress Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the www.kressfoundation.org
Criteria for Evaluation
Applications are reviewed by the Fitch Trustees. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The project will make a meaningful contribution to the academic and/or professional field of historic preservation in the United States
  • The applicant has a realistic plan for the dissemination of research and/or final work product
  • The project has a clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget
  • The project demonstrates innovative thinking, original research and creative problem solving and/or design


  • Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations. The Foundation does not fund university-sponsored research projects or dissertation research.
  • Applicants must be mid-career professionals with at least 10 years experience in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, and the decorative arts.
  • Applicants must be legal residents or citizens of the United States.

Please email cpena@fitchfoundation.org with any questions concerning criteria for evaluation or project eligibility.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  1. Cover page, including Project Title; Name of Applicant(s), including primary contact person; Applicant Address; Phone; Email. Also, please specify whether you are applying for the Fitch Mid-Career Grant or the Richard L. Blinder Award; and specify the amount of grant money requested.
  2. Brief description of project, including how the final work product will be disseminated. Applicants are encouraged to be succinct and the description is not to exceed three (3) pages.
  3. Detailed work schedule and project budget, showing the grant amount requested from the Fitch Foundation and how this money will be spent.
  4. Curriculum Vita, including professional and academic background, and past and present grants received.
  5. Two (2) letters of support for the project to be included with the application.

Applications must be submitted electronically, in PDF format.
Selection Process & Completion of Grant
Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation. Recipients will be notified by email in the Spring of 2016. Projects must be completed within twelve (12) months of the grant award. All grantees will be assigned a Trustee advisor who will provide feedback and guidance throughout the project.
Typically, grant awards are divided into equal payments, the first being presented upon the award of the grant. Substantial written progress reports are required for all subsequent payments. The final payment is awarded only upon completion of the project.
The Foundation shall be acknowledged in all publications. The Trustees reserve the right to publish the results if the recipient does not. The grant recipient must sign a release to the Foundation permitting such publication. Proper credit will be given to the grant recipient.
For more information visit: http://fitchfoundation.org/grants/kress/