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Basic Preservation Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Public Entities For the Preservation
of Historically and Culturally Important Film Materials

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National Film Preservation Foundation

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to USA nonprofit institutions and public entities for the preservation of film materials. Funding is intended for new lab work involved in preserving film materials of historical and cultural significance, which were created in the United States or by U.S. citizens living abroad. Eligible film should not be protected by commercial interests.

The grant must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of:
- New film preservation elements (which may include sound tracks), and
- Two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print.
- Closed captioning for sound films destined for online or television exhibition.

The funds can be applied only to work commissioned after the grant start date. Funds must be used exclusively for preservation expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185026

Estimated Size of Grant:

The cash award ranges from $1,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: August 2019 to October 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to public and 501(c)3 nonprofit institutions in the United States that provide public access to their collections, including those that are part of federal, state or local government.

The grants target orphan films (1) made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and (2) not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities.

Funds may not be applied to staffing, operational, or shipping costs (with the special exception of nitrate materials).

Pre-Application Information:

- Registration Deadline: March 22, 2019
- Application Deadline: April 26, 2019
- Grant Period: August 2019 to October 2020

To apply, begin by identifying the film or footage to be preserved. For guidance, consult The Film Preservation Guide.

Register with the NFPF by email with information regarding your archive's interest in applying. Provide your name, institution, address, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and a brief description of your project. The NFPF will then contact you to discuss your project. The registration deadline is March 22, 2019.

If your project meets the eligibility requirements, you will be invited to submit a letter of application. All applications are due by April 26, 2019. They may be submitted by email as PDF or Word files or mailed in hard copy to the Foundation.

Applicants will be notified regarding grant decisions in July 2019.

Sample applications:

Additional information:

Preservation checklist:

Contact Information:

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

Register with the NFPF and submit applications to:

A hard copy of the application may be mailed to:

National Film Preservation Foundation
145 Ninth Street, Suite 260
San Francisco, CA 94103

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