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Private Funding Sources

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A good starting point to investigate private grants for preservation activities is the publication Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives and Museums. The guide is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center, and lists 2,270 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 505 foundations, from 2005 through 2010.  It covers grants to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries, and to archives and museums for activities related to conservation and preservation.

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Private funding sources are many and varied, so it is essential to match an institution’s needs with the individual interests of the foundation(s). The Foundation Center web site provides information on the Center’s regional libraries of materials on philanthropy, educational programs, analysis of funding trends, and other topics.  Through its GrantSpace learning community, it offers in-person and online training as well as tools to support institutions exploring grants, preparing applications, and navigating the grantmaking landscape.

Bank of America
Art Conservation Project

The Bank of America Art Conservation Project preserves cultural treasures from around the world and highlights the crucial need for conservation. Requests for grant proposal submissions are now open.

DEADLINE passed: January 17, 2014

The Grammy Foundation

Santa Monica, CA

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals.

With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities.

The Archiving and Preservation area has two funding categories for Audio Collections:

1. Preservation Implementation 
2. Preservation Assistance



Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings Grants Program

The ARSC Program for the Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings was founded in 2004 (to begin in 2006) by Al Schlachtmeyer and the Board of Directors of ARSC to encourage and support the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music by individuals and organizations.

Projects involving preservation, in any valid and reasonable fashion, of commercial as well as private, instantaneous recordings-such as providing a collection with proper climate control, moving a collection to facilities with proper storage conditions, re-sleeving a collection of discs, setting up a volunteer project to organize and inventory a stored collection, rescuing recordings from danger, or copying recordings on endangered or unstable media-as well as projects promoting public access to recordings will be considered. Collections may be based anywhere in the world (non-U.S. applicants are encouraged to apply). Both ARSC members and non-members are eligible for grants in amounts ranging from $2000 to $10,000.