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Held in Trust: A National Convening on Conservation and Preservation

Grant to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, or IHE to
Study National Conservation Infrastructure

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Preservation and Access

Deadline Date:

12/18/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grant to a USA nonprofit organization, agency, tribal government, or IHEs to evaluate national conservation infrastructure and develop strategies to preserve cultural heritage. Funding is intended to develop and host a national conference for professionals in the conservation sector to promote dialogue related to the current challenges and future goals of the field. The grant recipient will also publish and present a report establishing a national strategic vision for preservation and related resources for conservators, allied professionals, educators, professional organizations, thought leaders, and the general public.

The program will assess the current state of, and challenges facing the preservation of the nation’s cultural heritage. Drawing upon the work of current thought leaders and practitioners, the national convening should establish a forward-looking vision for the field and identify resources necessary to accomplish those goals. This vision will be communicated through a report and related resources recommending strategic actions that can be taken by stakeholders leading up to the Semiquincentennial in 2026. 

For information about successful project indicators, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Held-In-Trust-Nofo-December-2019.pdf#page=4

The national convening will bring together leaders in areas of conservation, conservation science, education, historic preservation, material culture, and related fields. Convening participants will include representatives from universities, libraries, historic houses, museums, archives, national professional organizations, regional conservation centers, and private practice. Convening topics should include issues currently facing the field as well as future needs and challenges in the preservation of cultural heritage.

Under this cooperative agreement and in collaboration with NEH, the recipient will:

  • Establish a steering committee for the convening, ensuring that representation is geographically, demographically, and institutionally diverse and representative of the stakeholder base
  • Facilitate communication with steering committee members through in-person or webbased meetings
  • Plan, develop, and implement a national convening for approximately 300 participants focused on topics identified by steering committee members. The recipient will work with NEH to plan the agenda, timing, location, and logistics of the convening
  • Develop all program activities and materials in connection with the “A More Perfect Union” initiative (https://www.neh.gov/250).
  • Provide ongoing logistical support (travel arrangements including lodging and per diem) to speakers and principals participating in the national convening
  • Offer scholarship support to cover travel and lodging for at least 35 participants from small or under-resourced institutions traveling to the national convening
  • Analyze and synthesize recommendations from the steering committee and national convening to inform a national strategic vision for preservation
  • Develop a report establishing a national strategic vision for preservation and related resources for various stakeholder groups
  • Implement a robust national dissemination strategy - including traditional and digital media - to the conservation and preservation community, national leaders, funders, educators, and the general public.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187365

Number of Grants:

1 award

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500,000

Term of Contract:

The project start date is May 1, 2020, for a three-year project. The period of performance end date is April 30, 2023.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Eligible organizations must have proven subject matter expertise in conservation and preservation, and experience in planning and implementing national convenings.

Individuals and foreign and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

NEH funds may not be used for:
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action
- Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Lobbying
- Projects that fall outside the humanities such as the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies

NEH generally does not make awards to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received and validated by Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 18, 2019.

Applicants must be registered for a DUNS number, with SAM, and with Grants.gov:
- Dun and Bradstreet (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform)
- System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov/SAM/)
- Grants.gov (https://www.grants.gov/)

Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete. It is strongly recommended that applicants verify the status of their SAM registration at least two weeks before the application deadline.

Cost sharing is not required in this program. Applicants may use voluntary cost sharing for projects in which the total costs exceed the amount awarded by NEH. Voluntary cost sharing includes cash contributions to a project by the applicant and nonfederal third parties, as well as in-kind contributions, such as donated goods and services. Cost sharing will not be considered in the evaluation of applications.

Timeline:
- Application available: November 12, 2019
- Before December 18, 2019: Contact Division of Preservation and Access program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
- November 18, 2019: Applicants that have not registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and Grants.gov should begin the process by this date
- December 2, 2019: Applicants that have registered in SAM and Grants.gov should verify their registrations by this date
- December 18, 2019: Applications must be submitted through and validated by Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on this date
- January-February 2020: Peer review panels take place
- March 2020: Review by the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
- March 2020: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
- March 2020: The institutional grants administrator and project director of successful application receive award documents by e-mail from the NEH Office of Grant Management
- May 1, 2020: The recipient must begin work on their project on this date

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322440

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Division of Preservation and Access
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
Phone: 202-606-8570
TTY: 800-877-8399
preservation@neh.gov

If you have problems registering or verifying your registration with Grants.gov, call the Grants.gov help desk at 1-800-518-4726 or email support@grants.gov.

CFDA Number:

45.149

Funding or Pin Number:

20191218-PB

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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