Northern States Conservation Center

Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.

Collections Caretaker

Vol.2 No.1 Spring 1999 Fire Recovery
Grants for Collections Care

Institute of Museum and Library Services
1999 will be the only year that there are two opportunities to apply for the Conservation Projects grant. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, has standardized its grant deadlines. The new annual deadline for Conservation Projects is Oct. 15. Because the old deadline was in the spring, this is the second opportunity to apply in 1999.

Conservation Project grants fund general and specific conservation surveys, storage and environmental upgrades, preservation training and conservation treatments. This year, additional money is available for training projects associated with grant activities. Reviewers are conservators, so have a conservator critique your application before submittal.

Save Outdoor Sculpture!
Funds for sculpture treatments, sculpture condition assessments, achievement awards,and sculpture maintenance training are available from Heritage Preservation. The treatment awards, funded by Target, have been split so different states have different deadlines. The round four deadline is Nov. 30. The Achievement Award ($1,000) deadline was July 15. Maintenance ($5,000) and Assessment ($850) Awards are funded on a first-come, first-served basis until Dec. 31.

Save America's Treasures
Launched in 1998, Save America's Treasures is a national effort to identify and rescue threatened cultural treasures. Nonprofits, state or local governments with eligible preservation or conservation projects may apply by Sept 1, 2000. For more information or an application call 202-588-6202 or

Conservation Assessment Program (CAP)
Heritage Preservation's Conservation Assessment Program, or CAP, is for any non-profit U.S. museum that is open at least 120 days and has one full-time staff person (volunteer or paid). The grant pays for conservators to spend five days assessing the preservation needs of your collection and facilities. Museums receive a report summarizing preservation needs and recommending storage, exhibit, building maintenance, funding, staffing and environmental up-grades. The report is great for fund-raising from other granting agencies.

Timing is important because grants are awarded to all applicants until funding runs out. Fill out the application form on the day you receive it. Then send it by next-day air mail back to Heritage Preservation. This year the grant applications will be mailed Oct. 8.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Museums and Visual Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20506, 202-682-5452,

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Public Information Office, Rm. 402, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20506, 202-606-8400,

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Office of Museum Services, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, # 510, Washington, DC 20506, 202-606-8539,

Heritage Preservation, Save Outdoor Sculpture! or CAP, 1730 K Street, NW, Suite 566, Washington, D.C. 20006, 888-SOS-SCULP, 202-634-1422,

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives, Room 607, Washington, D.C. 20408, 202-501-5610.

J. Paul Getty Trust, 401 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000, Santa Monica, CA 90401-1455, 310-393-4244. The Bay Foundation, 17 West 94th St., 1st floor, New York, NY 10025, 212-663-1115.

P.O. Box 8081, St. Paul, MN 55108   Phone: (651) 659-9420

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Updated 11 May 2002