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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Support the Conservation of Humanities Content

Research and Development Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access
CFDA Number: 45.149
Funding or PIN Number: 20230516-PR
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/16/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to research and develop projects that support the conservation of humanities content. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. The purpose of this program is to support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.

These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.

This program supports projects at all stages of development, from early planning and stand-alone studies, to advanced implementation. Research and Development projects contribute to the evolving and expanding body of knowledge for heritage practitioners, and for that reason, outcomes may take many forms. Projects may produce any combination of laboratory datasets, guidelines for standards, open access software tools, workflow and equipment specifications, widely used metadata schema, or other products.

Research and Development supports work on the entire range of humanities collection types including, but not limited to, moving image and sound recordings, archaeological artifacts, born digital and time-based media, rare books and manuscripts, archival records, material culture, and art. Applicants must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access through a Research and Development project would benefit the cultural heritage community by supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

For areas of special interest, see

Funding Categories:

  • Tier I: Planning, Basic Research, or Modifications
  • Tier II: Advanced Implementation

For more information on funding categories, see


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply, your organization must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following organization types:
- A nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- An accredited institution of higher education (public or nonprofit)
- A state or local government or one of their agencies
- A federally recognized Native American Tribal government

NEH does not issue awards to other federal entities. Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

For funding restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information
- Optional Draft Deadline: April 17, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Application Deadline: May 16, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Announcements: December 2023

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. It may take up to one month to register with and NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration.

NEH does not require cost sharing in this program unless you request federal matching funds.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Tier I provides awards up to $100,000
- Tier II provides awards up to $350,000

Term of Contract
You may request a period of performance of up to two years for Tier I awards and up to three years for Tier II awards, with a start date between March 1, 2024, and September 1, 2024. The period of performance is the span of time during which you may incur expenses to carry out the work under the award. It must start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month

Contact Information
If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: 606-545-5035

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