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Funding for Preservation
- Experimental Television Center: www.experimentaltvcenter.org/
- Dedicated to the ongoing survival and continuing growth of the
field of electronic media art, the Experimental Television Center
offers support to artists via residencies, grants, and information
- The Media
Arts Technical Assistance Fund:
- While not specifically a media preservation fund, this program
provides money to nonprofit media arts programs in New York State
to develop, restructure, and expand their organizational mandates.
Funds can be used for consultants, staff development, or other
- Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation
of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC): aic.stanford.edu/faic
- FAIC offers a number of grants and scholarships to its members
in support of American Institute for Conservation activities.
- Professional Development
Scholarship: Scholarships for professional development for
- FAIC Angels Project:
The Angel Project is a grant program that pairs conservators with
collections that need archival care. It supports activities such
as consultations, cataloging, and the development of storage strategies.
- Workshop Grants:
FAIC offers grants for members and individuals interested in conservation
to attend or hold workshops around the country.
- Fondation Daniel Langlois: www.fondation-langlois.org
- The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology
seeks to facilitate the meeting of art and science through the
artistic use of digital technology and interdisciplinary research.
- Strategic Grants
for Organizations: While not directly linked to magnetic-media
preservation, these grants are available for individuals working
in the field of technologies that involve the continuing intersection
of artistic and scientific knowledge.
- Grants for Researchers
in Residence: Grants for individuals to work in the Foundations
collections at the Centre for Research and Documentation in Montreal.
- The Research Grant
Program for Individual Artists or Scientists: Guidelines for
this grant program are currently being revised.
- Institute of Museum and Library Services: www.imls.gov/grants/library/
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers grants to
both Federal and non-Federal libraries. While grants are not awarded
specifically for preservation activities, archives are eligible
to apply for monies under the National Leadership Grants for Libraries
- J. Paul Getty Trust: www.getty.edu
- Funding a number of programs focused on the visual arts, the
J. Paul Getty Trust serves arts professionals and the general
public. Programs include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Conservation
Institute, and the Grant Program.
Treatment Grants: The Getty offers funding to museums and
nonprofit institutions in support of permanent collection conservation
efforts. Eligible projects can include the hiring of consultants
and additional support staff as well as implementing direct preservation
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):
- The National Archives and Records Administration is charged
with providing access to documents on the rights of American citizens,
the actions of federal officials, and “the national experience.”
Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Archival
Grants: Funding from the preservation arm of NARA aims to
ensure the continued preservation, public access, and use of documentation
of the American experience.
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): www.nea.gov
- An independent grant-making agency of the United States Government,
the NEA’s mandate is to support the continued development
of and access to American artistic expression.
and Preservation Grant: Funding specifically for the preservation
of artistic artifacts of the cultural traditions of the United
States. Eligible projects include cataloging and conservation
of magnetic media.
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH):
- An independent grant-making agency of the United States Government,
the NEH provides funding for preservation of and access to cultural
resources, education, research, and public programs in the humanities.
to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections: Financial
support for the preservation of and access to humanities collections,
which may include archival materials of still and moving images
as well as sound recordings.
Assistance Grants: Designed to help institutions such as libraries,
museums, and archival collections preserve and care for their
and Access Education and Training Grants: Funding for the
care, management, and access to archival collections via education
and training programs at the national or regional (multistate)
and Access Research and Development Grants: Research and development
grants for preservation and continuing access to humanities resources.
Projects that use digital technology are particularly encouraged.
- National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF):
- A nonprofit organization created by the United States Congress,
the NFPF is dedicated to the survival, conservation, and public
availability of American films
- Federally Funded Film
Grants: Awards made possible by federal funding to nonprofit
and public archives specifically for laboratory work in the preservation
of film materials.
- Partnership Grants:
With resources from laboratories and post-production houses that
have donated their services to the NFPF, nonprofit and public
archives can further their film preservation work.
- Avant-Garde Masters
Grant: This grant provides support for a individual filmmakers
or cinematic movements that have been pivotal in the American
avant-garde film scene. Applicants must provide proof of significance
to experimental film and reasons why they need preservation services.
Works made within the last twenty years are not eligible.
- The National Television and Video Preservation Foundation
- The NTVPF is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization
dedicated to the preservation of and access to television and
video projects in the United States. The foundation awards grants
to individual public and nonprofit archives that currently consist
of preservation services donated by commercial video and audio
facilities, storage companies, consultants, and film laboratories:
guidelines. The site includes links to preservation resources
for television and video, definitions, identification information,
and standards. In the future the site will document the projects
that NTVPF grants have funded.
- New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA):
- NYSCA is a New York State funding agency that provides support
for artists as well as nonprofit and cultural arts organizations
through a variety of grants.
Electronic Media and Film Program: Financial support for programs
in film, video, sound, and new media. While not specifically earmarked
for preservation, the guidelines do allow for a variety of activities
that would engage the public in media arts.
- New York State Library: www.nysl.nysed.gov
Discretionary Grant Program: Funding for New York State agencies
(libraries, archives, etc.) for preservation activities.
- New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT):
- The Women’s Film Preservation Fund is dedicated to the
preservation and restoration of films in which women held significant
creative positions. Guidelines
for the grant can be found on the web site.
- The Recording Academy: www.
- In addition to being responsible for the Grammy Awards, the
Recording Academy works to support, preserve, and provide access
to music through educational and charitable programs.
- The Recording
Academy Grant Program: Organizations and individuals can apply
for grants in support of preserving and archiving American music.
- Rockefeller Foundation: www.rockfound.org
- The Rockefeller Foundation supports programs around the world
that not only work to ensure the survival of excluded peoples
and communities, but also to enhance their lives.
Programs In Creativity & Culture:
- These grants are designed to develop projects that, through
preservation and access to traditional artistic expression, reach
culturally underserved individuals and communities.