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Funding Resources

This section includes links to sites that provide information on grant writing and funding resources. When considering funding agencies, be aware that each agency and foundation has its own application forms, deadlines, areas of support, and evaluation criteria. It is recommended that you contact the agency or foundation early on in the grant-writing process to ensure that it is an appropriate agency to apply to for your project. In many cases, funding agencies will discuss and critique your project idea and comment on a draft application.


State and Local Sources

State Library of Iowa Funding Resources List  

State Historical Society of Iowa Grants

Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP)

Public and Federal Sources

National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities funds research in the humanities, educational opportunities for teachers, preservation of materials, museum exhibits, TV and radio programs, and other areas. The Division of Preservation and Access in particular supports "applications for model projects that explore or resolve critical issues relating to the effective use of digital technology for preservation and access." The "Applying for Grants" section includes more information on what areas they fund, deadlines, online application forms, a FAQ on grants, and guidance on grant administration.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS provides the following programs of support for libraries and museums, and also encourages partnerships between libraries and museums: National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Archives funds research and demonstration projects in library and information science, preservation and digitization of library materials, and model programs of collaboration between museums and libraries. The Museum Services office supports museums in general operating support, assessments, conservation projects, museum leadership initiatives, and a professional services program.


National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts offers support for organizations in four areas: Creation and Presentation, Planning and Stabilization, Heritage and Preservation, and Education and Access. The NEA supports projects that assist, preserve, document, and present artists and forms of artistic expression that reflect our nation's diverse cultural traditions. Funding for conservation of important works of art is also available.


National Historical Publications and Records Commission

The NHPRC is the grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration. The NHPRC supports grants for the identification, preservation, and provision of public access to materials that document American history. Grants go to state and local archives, colleges and universities, libraries, historical societies, and other non-profit organizations. The NHPRC has statutory authority through fiscal year 2001 to receive up to $10 million in annual appropriations for grants.

National Park Service

The National Park Service offers a wide variety of grant programs for various educational purposes, such as preservation technology and training and the Tribal Preservation Program. This site also provides information and documentation on NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act). Information on grant programs and applications that implement NAGPRA into museum and tribal projects is also available. For further information on NAGPRA, contact Laura Mahoney, NAGPRA Consultant, National Park Service, Archaeology and Ethnology Program, 1849 C Street NW, NC340, Washington, DC, 20240; 202-343-8161 ext. 1095; or

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is a full partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund research and demonstration projects in networking cultural resources. The primary focus is to support and provide research fundamental to the development of digital libraries and collections. Both individual investigator and group research projects are funded.

Contact: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Digital Libraries Initiative, Phase II
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230



American Association of Museums

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

The Museum Assessment Program assists museums in reviewing their current status, reassessing programs and operations, and making decisions about resource allocation.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center online is "the gateway to philanthropy on the World Wide Web." This site offers extensive information on private foundations and corporate giving and other information useful to grant seekers. Their extensive online library includes full text versions of User-Friendly Guide to Funding Research and Philanthropy News Digest


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