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EXPLORING FUNDING FOR SPECIAL LIBRARIES
For many organizations, the need to preserve or digitize a collection or special library arises without budget support. The reasons for undertaking a major conversion project and the benefits of doing so are sometimes compelling, making them good candidates for funding through grants.

This list of sources is not exhaustive but may provide a first step in exploring your options.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The NEH offers many different grants, and it is worth doing some research into what is available. For example, there are grant opportunities for Preserving and Creating Access to Humanities Collections, and Preservation Assistance Grants. (For more information on these grants, visit: http://www.neh.gov/grants/index.html).



Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

IMLS administers and/or distributes a variety of grants, including the National Leadership Grants, Save America's Treasures, Museum or Library Service awards, and so on. Check the IMLS site regularly to discover new grant opportunities and deadlines. For more information, visit http://www.imls.gov.


National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

The NHPRC offers substantial amounts of money every year for a variety of projects, including the publishing and editing of historical manuscripts to electronic records research. Information on their most recent grants can be found at http://www.archives.gov.


Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums Foundation

Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center. This publication lists 1,725 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 474 foundations. It covers grants to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries, and to archives and museums for activities related to conservation and preservation.  For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/preservation/about/foundtn-grants.html.



Web Sites Providing General Information on Funding

Grants.gov

Grants.gov includes many resources for finding and applying for federal government grants. Apply for grants and track application progress at: http://www.grants.gov/.


The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is "the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide." You'll find information for grant seekers including tutorials on grant writing, training and seminars, funding trends and analysis, and publications. You’ll find the homepage at http://fdncenter.org/. To search for a funding organization, visit the Find Funders page at the http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/foundfinder/ .


GrantsWeb from the Society of Research Administrators

This Web site, http://www.srainternational.org/newweb/grantsweb/index.cfm, provides information on federal and private sources, policy, and general resources.



University of Wisconsin Madison Grants Information Center

This site at http://grants.library.wisc.edu/index.html provides links to various funding sources for the state of Wisconsin.