NEH Funding Opportunities

NEH has updated the guidelines for their two grant programs: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections and Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. 

Both programs have a deadline of January 31, 2019.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Grants are available for both planning (up to $40,000) and implementation (up to $350,000)

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity. Institutions can accomplish this work most effectively through preventive conservation. Preventive conservation encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft, fire, floods, and other disasters.

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
**New this year** Awards for up to $10,000

Preservation Assistance Grants help 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. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities on which their projects focus.


Associate Director of Development – Indiana University Bloomington, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art

Department Information:

Since its establishment in 1941, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. A preeminent teaching museum, the museum’s internationally acclaimed collection, ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

The Eskenazi Museum of Art is currently undertaking a $30 million renovation of its acclaimed I. M. Pei-designed building. The newly renovated museum will be an enhanced teaching resource for Indiana University and southern Indiana. Positioning the institution as a premier teaching museum requires breakthrough programming, experiences, and storytelling that advance its mission in powerful ways.

Job Summary

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art seeks a passionate, philanthropic, and service- oriented individual to serve as Associate Director of Development, playing a significant role in showcasing the power of global arts by cultivating and stewarding donors across the nation in support of the Eskenazi Museum of Art. In the midst of a $30 million dollar renovation, there is no better time to showcase to donors and friends of IU the importance of the arts. The Associate Director of Development will work with a donor portfolio of 75-100 individuals, and will assist the Director of Development in strategically cultivating and stewarding donors, while creating lasting relationships.

This position will increase engagement and develop philanthropic support for the Eskenazi Museum of Art. This individual is responsible for developing and maintaining a portfolio of high-level annual fund and possible major and planned gift prospects, traveling within Indiana and out-of-state as necessary to cultivate relationships on behalf of the museum. The Associate Director collaborates with the Director of Development on major gift prospect strategy to drive the museum’s funding needs and campaign activity, strategically collaborates on programs and events that benefit the museum, assists the development department with prospect research and data management for the museum, and manages a positive relationship with museum staff, other university staff, and the IU Foundation, proactively seeking strategic partnerships and opportunities.

Required Qualifications

REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree and three years of fundraising or related experience.

  • Possess a valid driver’s license with the ability to be insured by Indiana University.
  • Proactive, extremely organized, diplomatic, and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage and execute multiple tasks to timely and effective completion is essential.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and exchange information.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience with fundraising and project management.
  • Knowledge of alumni relations, development and fundraising concepts focusing on donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Advancement or fundraising/development background.
  • Excellent organizational skills, creative thinking and problem solving skills, and a high level of writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrated English skills in accuracy, proofreading, grammar, spelling, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask and think critically in a busy work environment.
  • Comfortable dealing with a range of constituents.
  • High level of initiative, and interpersonal skills; position proactively seeks opportunities for partnership for mutual benefit to achieve development goals.
  • Ability to work independently and with initiative as well as a complementary team player.
  • Very flexible and helpful; occasional evening and weekend hours, as needed.
  • Some travel, nights and/or weekend work.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint; willingness to learn specialized Museum software.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree;
  • experience within higher education, arts organization, or non-profit; five years of fundraising or related experience;
  • knowledge of basic art historical and museum terminology;
  • General computing literacy and familiarity with IU Foundation computing systems (CRIMSON, CREAM, REEHER, ETA, IQ), and IU computing systems.

Open Date: 11/20/2018

Close Date: 12/10/2018

For more information and to apply: 

Accepting Applications: Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is excited to announce that applications are open for the 2019 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program from November 1st 2018, with a deadline of February 1, 2019.

The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Participating institutions receive funding for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collections and building assessor. The assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with prioritized recommendations for improved collections care. Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections or develop a long-range preservation plan, and can serve as a fundraising tool for future collections projects. Additional information on the CAP process, eligibility, and applications are available at  CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Spelman awarded grant from the Walton Family Foundation to increase diversity in museum field

Spelman College has announced that it has received a $5.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies. In conjunction with Walton Family Foundation grants to fund scholarships at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, the new initiative will result in the creation of an Art History major and Curatorial Studies minor at the Atlanta University Center.

The goal of the package of grants is to foster innovation and create an educational pipeline into art museum leadership that is more representative of our nation’s increasing diversity. The initiative will position the Atlanta University Center as a leading incubator of African-American museum professionals in the United States.

Read the full press release here.

20 Museums Tapped for Initiative to Create Learning Opportunities For Older Adults—AAM

Aroha Philanthropies, the American Alliance of Museums, and Lifetime Arts has announced that 20 museums and organizations have been tapped to participate in a new initiative, funded and managed by Aroha Philanthropies, Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums.

The more than $1 million project will enable these museums to develop and implement high quality, intensive arts learning opportunities for older adults.

All three organizations feel there is an urgent need to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America, combat ageism, and promote a healthy change in societal attitudes toward aging as growth and older adults as contributors.

Continue reading “20 Museums Tapped for Initiative to Create Learning Opportunities For Older Adults—AAM”

Attention Part-time Faculty & MFA Students: Submit a Workshop Proposal for CAA 2019!

If you’re a New York-based MFA student and/or entry level, part-time faculty member, there’s still time to submit a proposal for a Professional Development Workshop at CAA 2019, generously supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. The deadline for twenty professional development workshops is now September 14.

Workshop leaders will receive a complimentary one-year CAA membership, a full Annual Conference registration for 2019, and a small stipend. (Please note that there may be only one leader for each Tremaine Foundation-supported workshop.) Continue reading “Attention Part-time Faculty & MFA Students: Submit a Workshop Proposal for CAA 2019!”

US Tribal Colleges Receive a Major Cultural Gift

Major cultural legacy donated to 12 U.S. Tribal colleges

A major U.S. foundation, group of private donors, and Christopher Cardozo Fine Art are donating complete sets of an artisanal Republication of The North American Indian by Edward Curtis to 12 tribal colleges. The donation includes several hundred contemporary Curtis photographs, and a curated, digital collection of materials originally created by Edward Curtis for his landmark photoethnographic publication. With an aggregate value of over $500,000, the donation is being made in recognition of the 10,000 Native Americans who collaborated in the creation of the original publication, and to support current efforts by Native people to reconnect with their history, culture, and traditions.

CAA Receives Major Anonymous Gift to Support Art History Faculty and Students

CAA has received a major anonymous gift of $1 million to fund travel for art history faculty and their students to special exhibitions related to their classwork. 

The gift will establish the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions, a new program to be administered and juried by CAA.

“This incredibly generous gift will not only support art history scholars and students for years to come, it is a powerful message to the visual arts field that their work is as important as ever,” said Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s executive director. “The new Fund also reinforces CAA as the preeminent organization supporting and advancing professionals in the visual arts and design.”

Groundbreaking in its scope, the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions is intended exclusively to enhance the first-hand knowledge of original works of art. The Fund will support travel, lodging, and admission for art history students and faculty in conjunction with special museum exhibitions in the United States and throughout the world. Awards will be made exclusively to support travel to exhibitions that directly correspond to the class content. However, exhibitions on all artists, periods, and areas of art history are eligible.

Awards of up to $10,000 will be granted on a per project basis by a jury formed by CAA to oversee the Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions.

Applications will be accepted by CAA beginning in fall 2018. All application criteria and information will be listed on the CAA website.

Getty Announces New Conservation Initiative—ArtDaily

Getty Foundation announces new grant initiative to conserve paintings on canvas

The Getty Foundation announced the launch of Conserving Canvas, a new initiative that aims to ensure that critical conservation skills needed to care for paintings on canvas do not disappear. Conserving Canvas will keep much-needed skills alive through a number of grants that support the conservation of paintings, workshops, seminars, training residencies, and a major symposium. The initiative’s initial projects support the study and conservation of world-renowned works on canvas, including Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy (1770), Anthony van Dyck’s Equestrian Portrait of Charles I (1637-8), and François Boucher’s Vertumnus and Pomona (1757).

The inaugural Conserving Canvas grantees include The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA; the National Gallery, London; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Statens Historiska Museer, Sweden; Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg, the Netherlands; University of Glasgow, Scotland; and Yale University.