Grants and funding


Historic Documents Preservation Program Disaster Recovery Grants are intended for Connecticut municipalities to help defray records recovery costs not covered by insurance in the event of a natural or man-made disaster affecting public records, especially essential, permanent, or archival records.

Guide to Navigating Federal Emergency Management Agency and Small Business Administration Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions from Heritage Preservation in support of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force. If the President declares a disaster for your area, libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations (whether state, municipal or private non-profit) may be eligible for federal disaster aid.

FEMA Community Recovery Resource Guide, Connecticut has information and funding providers for state agencies, municipalities, businesses, non-profits and individuals. It has information and a directory of funding providers for emergency preparedness and disaster relief. Please note that the information was collected by data-mining websites and that some information in the guide may not be completely accurate.  Refer to the funding institution’s website listed in the guide for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Society of American Archivists’ National Disaster Recovery Fund offers grants (initially up to $2000) to assist with recovery after a disaster. These are available to any repository holding archives or special collections.

Beyond Words, the Dollar General school library relief fund. Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a public school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries within 20 miles of a Dollar General store.


Capitalize on Collections Care is a publication of Heritage Preservation in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This document provides fund raising strategies and tips.

Grants from the CT Trust for Historic Preservation are for the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of the state’s historic places.

Northeast Document Conservation Center Funding website has lists of federal, state and private funding sources for preservation and conservation activities.

Peer Advisor Network through the Connecticut Offices of Culture and Tourism, of the Dept. of Economic & Community Development is for the state’s non-profit arts, heritage, tourism and cultural organizations for activities such as developing fund raising efforts or strategic planning.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, from the National Endowment for the Humanities Grants. U.S. nonprofit institutions with humanities collections may apply for planning and implementation projects that focus on managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and from natural and man-made disasters. The grant program encourages sustainable strategies that balance preservation goals, costs, and environmental impact.

Last updated: 2013 1023