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The 2023 term for Digital Access to Historical Records grants begins May 1! 

Kansas Digital Access to Historical Records (KDAHR) Regrant Program

KSHRAB has established the Kansas Digital Access to Historical Records (KDAHR) Regrant Program to enhance online access to historical records and to increase digital literacy and citizen engagement with those historical records. KSHRAB is offering grants to Kansas historical records repositories that demonstrate a financial and programmatic need and a commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will  enhance online access to historical records. These projects may include digitizing collections and placing the digital content online, creating and publishing online finding aids to historical records collections, or developing/upgrading websites specifically designed to highlight the organization’s historical records and increase collections’ discoverability.


Other Grant Opportunities


KSHRAB Scholarships

The Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board (KSHRAB) is offering Kansas residents/students/employees scholarships of up to $500 to attend a conference/meeting for archival training. Applicants should use the scholarship application to provide information about their work, educational background, and need for a scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate a pressing need for formal archival training in their work or education. Qualified applicants should identify the type of formal training/experience they have working with historical documents, and demonstrate how the specific educational opportunity will help them in their work/education.

KSHRAB Scholarship applications should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the conference/training to provide the Board time to review applications. Some flexibility in this timeline will be permitted, with Board approval. In most cases, applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision within two weeks. Financial awards will be presented as checks mailed to the address listed on the application. All applications should be submitted to kshs.kshrab@ks.gov or mailed to KSHRAB, Kansas State Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Ave, Topeka, Kansas 66615

Kansas Humanities Council (KHC)

Kansas Humanities Council

Kansas Humanities Council grants provide funding in support of the development and implementation of public humanities projects across the state.

Grant funding regularly supports the research and development of new museum exhibitions, oral history projects, short and full-length documentary films, special speaker series, reader’s theater events, the preservation of important artifacts, photographs and documents, radio programs, film and book discussions, lectures, podcasts, and other methods that can help Kansans connect with ideas, engage in discussions, strengthen our sense of place, and build community.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

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National Endowment for the Arts

Grants for Arts Projects: Arts Works: Design: Engagement ($10,000-$100,000, most less than $25,000; minimum 1-to-1 match required)

Most grants fund the creation of works of art and arts education, but this grant will also fund the documentation, preservation, and conservation of art work. Organizations with operating budgets less than $50,000, however, are encouraged to look to local or state sources rather than the NEA.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

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Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

(up to $6,000)

Funds consultation for preservation assessments and conservation, storage furniture and preservation supplies, environmental monitoring equipment, education and training, for significant humanities collections in small- to medium-sized institutions.

Preservation and Access Education and Training

($50,000-$250,000 for field services; up to $125,000 per year for other projects; 20 percent match recommended)

Funds regional collections preservation field services, master’s degree programs in preservation and conservation, and workshops that address preservation and access topics of national significance and broad impact.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants

(up to $350,000; 1-to-2 to 1-to-1 match recommended)

Supports projects that provide an essential foundation for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities, including projects to preserve and create access to humanities materials (that is, cataloging, reformatting, conservation). Applications may address the holdings or activities of a single institution or may involve collaboration. In all cases, projects should be designed to facilitate sharing, exchange and interoperability of humanities information and products.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

(up to $40,000 for planning, usually with 20 percent match; up to $400,000 for implementation, usually with 50 percent match)

Funds planning and implementation of preventative preservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections, including 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.

Challenge Grants

($30,000-$500,000-plus; 3-to-1 or 2-to-1 match)

Capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Grants can be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities, including preservation, staffing, consultants and training.

Grantees may also use funds for one-time capital expenditures (such as construction and renovation, purchase of equipment, and acquisitions) that bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Funds collaborative projects as well as those benefiting single organizations.

National Park Service

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Save America’s Treasures

($25,000-$700,000; 1-to-1 match)

Grants to federal, state, local and tribal government entities, and non-profit organizations for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites. Does not fund collections management. National significance must be established.

Private National Granting Organizations and Foundations

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Cataloging Hidden Collections and Archives


Cataloging and description of collections of any format by American libraries, museums, archives or other cultural heritage institutions that hold truly hidden collections of broad scholarly import. Collaborative projects encouraged.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Funds public access to computers in public libraries – equipment, support, training.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation NY

Scholarly Communications & Information Technology and Museum & Art Conservation grants may fund preservation efforts and endowments for staffing.

National Film Preservation Foundation - Basic Preservation Grants


Funds laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials.

Matching Grants

($18,000-$50,000; 1-to-5 match)

Funds complex, large-scale preservation, reconstruction, or restoration projects involving a single film or film collection of special cultural, historic, or artistic significance. The grants may be requested by non-profit or public institutions with film preservation experience and the current capacity to carry out large preservation efforts.

Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

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Collection Assessment for Preservation (CAP)

Funds a general conservation assessment of all of the museum’s collections as well as its environmental conditions and policies and procedures relating to collections care. The program supports a two-day site visit by a conservation professional or preservation architect to perform the assessment and three days writing a report. The report can help your museum develop strategies for improved collections care and provide a tool for long-range planning and fund-raising. For questions, contact Melanie Zucker, CAP coordinator.

Museum Assessment Program – Collections Stewardship/Collections Management Assessment

Collections Stewardship Assessment focuses on collections policies, planning, access and documentation within the context of the museum’s total operations. The scope of the assessment includes collections care and use, acquisitions and deaccessioning, legal, ethical and safety issues, documentation, inventory and emergency planning.

IMLS Available Grants

Grants are available to museums for many types of conservation activities, including surveys (general, detailed condition or environmental); training; treatment; and environmental improvements.

Museums for America

($5,000-$150,000; 1-to-1 match)

The goal of Museums for America is to strengthen the ability of a museum to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution’s mission and strategic goals. Applicants can apply in the following categories:

  • Engaging communities (education, exhibitions and interpretation).
  • Building institutional capacity (management, policy and training).
  • Collections stewardship (management of collections).

Collections stewardship can include collections planning, collections security and safety, database development/enhancements, digitization of collections, registration/cataloguing, research/documentation and risk assessment.

Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants

($50,000-$250,000; cost sharing of up to one-third from non-federal sources encouraged but not required)

Grants to implement the plans or models created with the statewide planning grants and addressing issues identified in the Heritage Health Index. These grants are designed to encourage people and institutions in each state to cooperate on a plan that will benefit all. Project activities should accommodate needs of institutions in each state; they don't need to address all four recommendations. Each state should indicate its most pressing needs, report what has already been done, name the organizations and people to be involved in the planning process, and outline specific next steps.

Museum Grants for African-American History and Culture


Funds professional development, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise and other tools to enhance institutional capacity and sustainability.

Native American Library Services Basic and Enhancement Grants

(noncompetitive; distributed in equal amounts)

Basic grants support existing library operations and maintaining core library services. Education/Assessment Option provides funding for library staff to attend continuing education courses and training workshops on- or off-site, for library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services, and to hire a consultant for an on-site professional library assessment.

Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement new library services, including partnerships with and coordination between other libraries, agencies and community organizations.

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Grant

($5,000-$50,000; cost sharing encouraged but not required)

Supports programming, professional development and enhancement of museum services. Activities supported include collections care and management, disaster preparedness and risk management, technology, and a broad range of professional development opportunities.

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