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Museumwise has compiled a list of grant programs available to museums and heritage organizations across New York State. Please contact the sponsoring institutions directly for more information on a program. If you know of a program you would like to see added, please contact Museumwise staff at email@example.com
The Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) is a statewide program administered by the New York State Archives. It was established by law to provide financial support and guidance to not-for-profit organizations including, but not limited to, archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, and other organizations that hold, collect and make available historical records. DHP grants are designed to encourage more comprehensive documentation of New York State’s history and culture by supporting projects that identify, survey, collect, and make available important records relating to groups and topics traditionally under-represented in the state’s historical record.
The Conservation Treatment Grant Program, administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network in association with the Museum Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. The work must be performed by, or under direct supervision of, a professional conservator.
Support is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper (including individual drawings, watercolors, prints or photographs), textiles (including costumes, domestic textiles and upholstery), furniture, frames, sculpture, historical, ethnographic and decorative objects.
The Grants Program of the New York Council for the Humanities supports the development and implementation of public humanities projects at museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations throughout New York State.
The Council also has several other programs available to New York State non-profits including Reading Between the Lines, an adult reading and discussion program; Speakers in the Humanities, a lecture bureau with over 200 different topics; and a new intergenerational discussion program, Together—Book Talk for Kids & Parents.
The Mentoring and Professional Development Program of the New York Folklore Society provides opportunities for organizations and individuals engaged in or planning folklife and traditional arts programs in New York State to work with consultants who offer expertise in the needed area. Funding areas include professional development exchanges, mentorships, and folk artist mentoring.
This program is supported by folk arts programs of the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Museum Program supports the advancement of museums and museum service organizations by embracing the notion that clear planning and direction fosters stronger institutions, and that partnerships and collaboration can help broaden an organization's perspective and assist in better reaching its audience.
The Program values projects that make the arts and culture relevant to contemporary life. Funding categories underscore these goals by encouraging museums and historic sites to be more responsive to their visitors and communities. These categories include: Exhibitions, Museum Education & Interpretation, Collections Care & Research, Institutional Development, General Operating/Program Support and Services to the Field. The Museum Program supports the Get Ready, Get Set, Go! Grants, in partnership with Museumwise, and the Conservation Treatment Grant Program in partnership with the Greater Hudson Heritage Network.
Museums have also received support in other Programs at the Council including: Folk Arts, Arts-in-Education, Presenting, Visual Arts, Special Arts Services, and Architecture, Planning and Design.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has available from the Environmental Protection Fund of 1993(EPF) funds that can be used for acquisition, development, and improvement of parks, historic properties and Heritage Area resources. Funds are allocated every year as part of the annual state budget.
The purpose of the New York State Discretionary Grant Program is to encourage the proper care and accessibility of research materials in the State, to promote the use and development of guidelines and standards for conservation/preservation practices, and to support the growth of local and cooperative preservation programs.
The Discretionary Grant Program provides modest financial support (up to $30,000) for projects that contribute to the preservation of significant research materials in libraries, archives, historical societies and other agencies within the State of New York, whether by conducting surveys, improving collection storage environments, reformatting or treating collections or other preservation activities described in the guidelines.
A Grant Program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts. The Preserve New York Grant Program provides support for three types of projects: cultural resource surveys, historic structure reports, and historic landscape reports.
An applicant must be a not-for-profit group with tax-exempt status or a unit of local government. State agencies and religious institutions are not eligible to apply. The program generally provides only partial support on a competitive basis. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $15,000.
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