How to Win Grants with 20/20 Vision (with a List of 100+ Grants)

Given the current political climate, many of us in the archives, library, and museum worlds are worried about the possible reduction of support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and other government programs. While I won’t get into politics here, I believe that the NEA and NEH may be temporarily reduced but will not be shut down. Even if they are, there are a number of grants offered by individual foundations and little-known organizations that are more than willing to support your projects.

Having been an information professional for many years, I’ve dealt with all sides of the grant-making process. My graduate work in archives and records management was paid for by grant money, and I’ve led or participated in countless grant-supported projects. I’ve written, contributed, edited, and given feedback on proposals, and have served as a grant reviewer for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and other organizations.

When I talk to clients, the most difficult aspect of proposal writing they experience is being too nearsighted and too farsighted. The archives, library, and museum staff know their collections so well and in such detail that they have difficulty explaining their projects in the most compelling way possible to outside audiences. They are myopic. On the other hand, members of the fundraising team of the home institution are challenged because they lack the insight and subject matter expertise to develop a strong and detailed proposal. They are hyperopic. Some development team members write proposals without consulting the information professionals on their staff and vice versa; I've seen this far too often than you'd imagine.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have 20/20 vision for your proposals? I can help craft a proposition that will give you your best shot at winning the grant. I bring almost 20 years of nonprofit experience to reviewing and editing grant proposals for cultural institutions, offering comprehensive feedback as to what grant makers need to hear in order to say “yes.”

Interested in learning more? Email me at The small investment you make in my services will have 40 to 100 times the return when you get that grant!

Over the past few months, I’ve gathered a collection of American-based grants that support information-based projects in the cultural heritage sector. I've focused on national, nonprofit funders; there are numerous state, regional, corporate, and civic-based organizations that aren't listed here. These listings are provided as a service to my readers. Please verify all submission deadlines and other information with the respective granting offices or agencies. All links are working as of 6/6/17.

Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects

Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives

Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets - A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative

Al Larvick Conservation Fund

American Alliance of Museums Grants

Art Works

Association for Recorded Sound Collections Research Grants Program

Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Challenge America

Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP)

Collaborative Research Grants

Common Heritage

Creating Humanities Communities

Dialogues on the Experience of War

Digging Into Data Challenge

Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections

Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Projects for the Public

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records Projects

Documenting Endangered Languages

Electronic Records Projects Grants

Emerging Crises Oral History Research Fund

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Fellowships (NEH)

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Gladys Brooks Foundation Grants for Education

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Humanities Program and Research Library Program

GRAMMY Foundation Preservation Assistance Grants

GRAMMY Foundation Preservation Implementation Grants

Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies

Henry Luce Foundation Responsive Grants

Humanities Access Grants

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Humanities Connections

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Humanities Open Book Program

Innovation in Archives and Documentary Editing

The Institute of Turkish Studies Research Grants: Library Grants

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

International Institute for Jewish Genealogy Research Grants

Knight Foundation Grants

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

LSTA Competitive Grants for the Pacific Region and U.S. Virgin Islands

Media Projects: Development Grants

Media Projects: Production Grants

Museum Assessment Program (MAP)

Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums

Museums for America

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

National Digital Newspaper Program

National Film Preservation Foundation Grants

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

National Leadership Grants for Museums

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Native American Library Services: Basic Grants

Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Native Hawaiian Library Services

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation Grants

Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants

Our Town

Preservation and Access Education and Training

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings Grants

·Public Engagement with Historical Records

Public Humanities Projects

Public Scholar Program

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

Publishing Historical Records Grants

Research and Development

Research: Art Works

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

The Society of American Archivists Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

State and National Archival Partnership Grants

State Board Programming Grants

State Humanities Councils General Operating Support Grants

STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums (STEMeX)

Summer Seminars and Institutes

Summer Stipends

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Swedish Council of America (SCA) Grants

Visual Resources Association Foundation Grants

Wenner-Gren Foundation's Historical Archives Program

Young Adult Library Services Association Grants

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