Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Deadline: November 16, 2010
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving
large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation
measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.
Libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country are responsible for collections of
books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts,
art, and historical objects that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for life-long learning
in the humanities. To preserve and ensure continued access to such collections, institutions must implement preventive
conservation measures, which encompass managing relative humidity, temperature, light and pollutants in collection
spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and
from natural and man-made disasters.
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections offers two types of grants: 1. Grants for Planning; 2. Grants for Implementation.
The maximum award for planning grants is $40,000, for up to two years. Grants can be made for up to five years
for implementation projects, with a maximum award of $400,000.
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