Grant Assistance

ICA provides grant information and support through generating estimates, creating condition reports, assisting with project planning, and supplying letters of commitment and resumes of ICA personnel. For questions regarding grant information, contact the ICA’s Director of Education & Outreach.

Please note that, due to the time required by our staff to provide appropriate assistance in these matters; any requests for grant aid must be made at least three weeks prior to the grant’s application deadline.


ICA Annual Subsidized Survey

As part of our ongoing public service each year ICA selects one collecting institution to receive a free collection survey. The goal of the program is to help the recipient institution identify its preservation needs and plan future conservation and stewardship initiatives. The information gained through the assessment helps the institution prioritize objectives and potentially raise funds to address those preservation needs.

ICA will offer one collection survey focusing on a select group of artifacts within an institution. An ICA conservator will visit the recipient institution to examine the objects on-site for up to two days, and written condition reports and treatment recommendations will be provided. The selected institution will be asked to contribute only the travel costs associated with on-site visits.

Any non-profit cultural institution demonstrating a commitment to collections care is eligible to apply for this survey. Applications for this survey are accepted in the fall of each year. The 2018 application form and guidelines can be found using the following links.

Subsidized Survey Announcement 2018

Subsidized Survey Application 2018

If you have questions, please contact ICA Director of Education & Outreach, Holly Witchey at 216.658.8700 or


National Conservation/Preservation Grant-Making Agencies:

J. Paul Getty Foundation

1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, California 90049
(310) 440-7300

The Getty Foundation provides grants for projects in Los Angeles and throughout the world that advance the understanding and preservation of the visual arts. Current funding priorities can be found here.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

1800 M Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036-5841
(202) 653-4737
(202) 653-4600 Fax

The Institute of Museum and Library Services supports all types of museums, from art and history to science and zoos, and all types of libraries and archives, from public and academic to research and schools. Eligibility requirements differ for each library and museum program. Programs include:

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)

645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
(318) 356-7444

NCPTT seeks innovative projects that advance the application of science and technology to historic preservation. The PTT Grants program funds projects that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • laboratory or field research that explores or assesses novel or adaptive methods;
  • training activities, including workshops, and course or curriculum development that promote the use of new or adaptive technologies;
  • documentation using new methods;
  • manuscript or website development that disseminates innovative preservation technologies; and
  • meetings that convene experts to discuss the use of technologies to address preservation problems.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.  20506
(202) 682-5400

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts — both new and established — bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Programs include:

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Division of Preservation and Access
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Rm. 802
Washington, DC 20506
(202) 606-8570

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government, dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. Programs include:

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 111
Washington, DC 20408-0001
(202) 501-5610
(202) 501-5601  fax

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission is the grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Grants are made for collecting, preserving, and publishing documents and archives. The NHPRC supports projects including:

  • Assisting archives through a network of state partners
  • Preserving and making accessible records and archives
  • Improving professional education for archivists and historical documentary editors

Tru Vue, Inc.

Tru Vue, Inc. has partnered with the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) to offer grants to support projects in glazing applications for preservation of museum and library collections. The goals of this grant program include increasing knowledge of glazing applications, promoting Optium Acrylic® products, and encouraging the involvement of conservators in museum and library collection projects. Funds are to help defray direct project costs, including supplies and publicity. Up to four awards will be made each calendar year. Each award includes a cash amount

of up to $4,000, and donated materials which may include part or all of the following: up to 60 square feet of 6.0 mm Optium Museum Acrylic® product, or up to 64 square feet of 3.0 Optium Museum Acrylic® product or Optium Acrylic® product for use directly related to the conservation project. Complete details and application can be found here.

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