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

NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program


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Funding Source
and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/01/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,500 to New York nonprofit organizations, institutions, and museums to preserve cultural and historical collections. Historical sites and governmental museums 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). Additional funding from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation supports projects in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Applications are accepted for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects held 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.

Funding Priorities:

NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program embraces the widest spectrum of cultural expression and artistic pluralism and encourages organizations to demonstrate a holistic and comprehensive DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access) commitment. NYSCA/GHHN believes the objects an organization chooses to conserve tell a story of what is valued. NYSCA/GHHN's funding priorities value objects and stories that tell a more inclusive narrative of New York State. Therefore:

  • The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program will consider all eligible 3D objects for conservation however requests are encouraged for support of objects involving historically marginalized and underrepresented communities.
  • For the purposes of this grant, historically marginalized and underrepresented communities may include: African American/Caribbean, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Native American/Indigenous; LGBTQIA and people with disabilities.
  • Additionally, objects that interpret the stories 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. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Any nonprofit organization including museums, historical organizations or other cultural institutions incorporated in or registered to do business in New York State, that own, care for and exhibit collections to the public may apply. Proof of non-profit status may be requested.
- Applicant organizations must not have in-house conservation staff with expertise in the area for which support is requested.
- Applicant organizations must be open to the public; by appointment only does not suffice.

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
- The cost of obtaining a treatment estimate for this proposal.
Conservation of library or archival materials or collections (i.e., books, ledgers, log books, letters, scrapbooks, newspapers, ephemera, maps, or any item primarily used for informational/research value).
- Preventive care, such as rehousing or reformatting of objects, purchase of storage furniture, monitoring or upgrading of environmental systems.
- This is not a reimbursable grant. Conservation treatment projects that have already been initiated prior to the application deadline and/or award notification will not be supported.

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

Pre-Application Information
Portal opens: June 1, 2023
Deadline: September 1, 2023 by 11:59 pm.

Award recipients will be announced in late November/early December.

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.

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

For Informational Videos, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Estimated Size of Grant
Individual grant awards will not exceed $7,500.

Contact Information
Online application

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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