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The National Film Preservation Foundation Grants

Grants to Non-Profits and Public Institutions
for Film Preservation and Restoration Projects

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The National Film Preservation Foundation

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Matching grants between $18,001 and $40,000 will be awarded nationally to non-profit or public institutions with film preservation experience for complex, large-scale preservation, reconstruction, or restoration projects. Funds are intended for laboratory work on single films or a film collection of special cultural, historic, or artistic significance. Applicants must have the current capacity to carry out large preservation efforts.

The grant funds may be used to pay for the creation of:
-New film preservation elements, including protection of the sound track for sound films.
-Two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print. The grant does not fund HD transfers.
-For silent-era films, the reconstruction or translation of English-language inter-titles.
-Closed captioning for sound films destined for Web or television exhibition.

The funds can be applied only to work commissioned after the grant start date. Funds must be used exclusively for preservation expenses.

Not funded:
-Materials originally created for television or video, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities
-Staffing or operational costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131752

Estimated Size of Grant:

$18,001 and $40,000

Term of Contract:

April 2013 to June 2014

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Public and 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that have completed at least one NFPF grant and have the capacity to plan, manage, and complete a complex, large-scale film preservation effort. Large projects must involve the preservation, reconstruction, or preservation of a single film or film collection of special cultural, historic, or artistic significance that (1) was made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and (2) is not protected by commercial interests.

-Applicants may not apply for a Basic Preservation Grant during the same grant cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

-Applicants must be prepared to contribute at least one-fifth of the total out-of-pocket laboratory expenses from other sources.

-Applicants must register with the NFPF before applying. Send an E-mail to regarding your archive's interest in applying. Provide your name, institution, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and a brief description of your project. The NFPF will then contact you to discuss your project.

-Applicants will be notified regarding grant decisions in April 2013.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

National Film Preservation Foundation
870 Market Street, Suite 1113
San Francisco, CA 94102

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