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NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Museums
to Preserve Cultural and Historic Collections

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN)

Deadline Date:

09/01/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $7,500 to New York nonprofit organizations, museums, and institutions to preserve cultural and historical collections. Governmental museums and historic sites are required to consult with program staff regarding eligibility prior to applying. Funding is intended to support conservation treatments of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, frames, textiles, and furniture performed or supervised by professional conservators.

The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program is a partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) that provides support for treatment procedures ​to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects held in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional dedicated support for conservation treatment projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.The work must be performed by, or under direct supervision of, a professional conservator. 

Objects that interpret the history/heritage of New York State are strongly encouraged for conservation.

Funding is awarded for the following:

  • Support is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints or photographs), textiles (including costumes, domestic textiles, and upholstery), furniture, frames, sculpture, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects.
  • Frames are an integral part of a painting and applicants must address frame condition and treatment when applying for painting conservation. Support is also available for treatment costs for supports, stands, and mounts that are integral to the treatment of the object.
  • Grants will support in-state transportation costs for the objects and/or the conservators, and the cost of insurance for the work(s) to be treated.
  • Requests for treatment of outdoor sculpture must include the description of an on-going maintenance program already in existence, or one to be implemented, at your institution. An engineer's report may be required for some sculptures. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142000

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grant awards will not exceed $7,500.

Term of Contract:

Funded conservation work must be completed within one year of the grant award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations, museums, historical organizations or other cultural institutions either incorporated in or registered to do business in New York State, that own, care for and exhibit collections to the public. Please be aware proof of non-profit status may be requested. Federal and municipal museums and historic sites who are interested in applying must contact the Conservation Treatment Grant administrator well in advance of the deadline to discuss eligibility.

Grant awards will be made to institutions lacking in-house conservation staff with expertise in the area for which support is requested. Eligible institutions of all sizes are welcome to request support from this state-wide program; those with small budgets are encouraged to apply. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have not yet received three consecutive treatment grants.

Organizations without a collections management policy or one that was last reviewed prior to 2010 are unlikely to be funded (please call the Conservation Treatment Grant administrator to discuss).

Not funded:

- Staff salaries
- Out-of-state transportation
- Treatment estimate for grant proposal
- Conservation of archival collections
- Preventive care (such as rehousing or reformatting of objects, purchase of storage furniture, monitoring or upgrading of environmental systems)

Collections owned by state agencies and religious institutions are ineligible for grant support.

Pre-Application Information:

Due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM..

Award recipients will be announced in early Fall.

Federal and municipal museums and historic sites who are interested in applying must contact the Conservation Treatment Grant administrator well in advance of the deadline to discuss eligibility.

Greater Hudson cannot recommend specific conservators for your project, however, you are encouraged to read About Selecting a Conservator (see Supporting Documents below), as the strength of the application will be based upon the proposed conservation treatment.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to view the informational presentation on the application process. The presentation can be found on the GHHN website after Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Organizations may submit only one request, which may involve a single object or a group of related objects, all owned by the applicant institution.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For assistance, contact:

Priscilla Brendler, GHHN Executive Director

For technical questions about the portal, contact:

Kerry Sclafani

Greater Hudson Heritage Network
2199 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523

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