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Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions: Looking for Reviewers

by Mary E. Downs on

AASLH Member Since 1999

neh_at_logoThe Division of Preservation and Access is seeking knowledgeable individuals who would be willing to serve as evaluators of applications for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-size institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges—improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Grants of up to $6,000 are awarded to support preservation assessments, consultations with preservation professionals, staff attendance at preservation workshops, education and training in digital best practices and standards, or the purchase of preservation supplies and storage furniture.

If you are an academic museum professional – curator, collections manager, conservator, or administrator – and are interested in being placed on our roster of potential reviewers, please e-mail to preservation@neh.gov by April 25.

We will form panels in early May and will contact you before the end of that month if your expertise is needed for the proposals we receive. Panel service would involve reading approximately 20 five-page applications and the submission (via the NEH web site) of written comments and ratings for each application. This work would take place during June, with comments due by mid-July. For their services, panelists receive a $250 honorarium.

For more information, you can look at the guidelines for this grant program on NEH’s website at http://www.neh.gov/files/grants/pres-assist-grants-may-1-2014.pdf. Please email (preservation@neh.gov) or telephone (202-606-8570) if you have questions about the process.

Thank you for considering this request. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Mary E. Downs
Senior Program Officer
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8456
Visit the NEH Website at www.neh.gov
Follow the Division on Twitter: @NEH_PresAccess
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