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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Program Officer Josh Sternfeld will be in attendance at next week's ARSC conference from Wednesday through Saturday.  He will be available to discuss grant opportunities at the designated times below or upon request.  Be sure to email Josh ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) to request a 15-minute one-on-one consultation timeslot or stop by the NEH table located in the exhibition hall to sign up for a time.

The following times are currently designated for consultations on a first come, first serve basis; please email your top two or three preferences. If either window is not convenient, please feel free to request an additional time, especially during conference breaks.

Thursday, May 15
1:45pm, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, 3:15, 3:30

Friday, May 16
1:45pm, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, 3:15, 3:30

Preservation of audiovisual collections is a special interest of the Division of Preservation and Access<http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation>, and there are a number of funding opportunities to consider.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following programs, their guidelines, and sample project narratives:

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources<http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/humanities-collections-and-reference-resources>, deadline July 17, 2014: There are two funding levels for this program.  The Foundations level supports collaborative planning, assessment, and pilot activities that incorporate expertise from a mix of professional domains. We are especially interested in supporting projects to conduct media assessments across large institutions such as research universities, archives, museums, and libraries. The Implementation level supports all of the work necessary to preserve and provide enhanced access to a humanities collection from arrangement and description to digitization and the creation of digital resources.  Institutions with rare, unique audio collections such as oral histories, ethnographic field work, and public broadcasting programming are encouraged to apply, although all types of audio collections are eligible.

Education and Training<http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-and-access-education-and-training>, deadline May, 2015:  This program supports organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections.  In light of recommendations from the Library of Congress's National Recording Preservation Plan<http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/nrpb/PLAN%20pdf.pdf>, we are especially interested in supporting workshops, master's degree programs in preservation and conservation, and other types of collections care training related to the preservation of and provision of access to recorded sound and moving image collections.

Research and Development<http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-and-access-research-and-development>, deadline Summer, 2015: This program supports work to address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage.

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions<http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions>, deadline May, 2015:  This program supports small and mid-sized institutions-such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities-improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.  The following activities are eligible for this program: general preservation assessments, consultations with professionals to address a specific preservation issue, purchase of storage furniture and basic preservation supplies, purchase of environmental monitoring equipment, and education and training workshops and courses.


Joshua Sternfeld
Senior Program Officer
Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8570 (fax) 202-606-8639
Visit the NEH Website at www.neh.gov<http://www.neh.gov/>
Follow the Division on Twitter: @NEH_PresAccess