January 2017  eNews of Note
2017 Conservation Treatment Grant
Program Online Application Portal is Open!

The Conservation Treatment Grant Program is a partnership of the  New York State Council on the Arts ( NYSCA) and Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) that provides support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. Applications will be accepted from non-profit 501(c)3 museums, historical organizations or other cultural institutions that own, care for and exhibit collections to the public. Grant awards will be made to institutions lacking in-house conservation staff with expertise in the area for which support is requested. Collections owned by state or federal agencies are ineligible for grant support. Organizations may submit only one request, which may involve a single object or a group of related objects, all owned by the applicant institution. Objects that interpret the history/heritage of New York State are strongly encouraged to apply for conservation. Individual grant awards will not exceed $7,500. No match required. 

Please note, our application is PAPERLESS. The online application portal will remain open until the deadline of March 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

You may work on and/or submit your application at any point during that time period. Please contact GHHN at 914.592.6726 or director@greaterhudson.org with any questions.

Click here to apply!

For more information click  here or view this informational webinar about the application process. 

The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts,  with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Hands On Collections Care Training!

Wednesday, March 22
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55

Guided by GHHN's collection care professionals, participants will learn the proper hands-on methodology of collections care by working directly with collections at four locations in the Hudson Valley. Through our train-the-trainer focus, this full-day workshop will equip attendees with the knowledge and skill sets necessary for cleaning, handling, and storing collections along with the tools to teach their volunteer base these critical skills.

Space is limited - Register Today!

To learn more or to register, visit:


This workshop is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. 

Call for Consultants for NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Program!
We are pleased to announce this exciting opportunity! We are seeking museum consultants to serve the field for the Collection Needs Assessment Program (CNAP). Following in the footsteps of the extremely successful IMLS C2CNYS Circuit Rider Program, this new grant partnership program with NYSCA will provide an opportunity for collections support. CNAP Consultants are hired by sites to conduct a visit on a particular collections care topic, which includes a written report.  Consultants receive a stipend for their time and travel. If you are a museum professional who would like to learn more about being listed as a CNAP Consultant please click here!

Want to learn more about the Collection Needs Assessment Program?  Click here!

The Collection Needs Assessment Program, a NYSCA/GHHN Partnership Program, is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The NYSCA FY2018 Grant Application will open February 14. Grant application deadline is Tuesday, March 21, 2017
NYSCA will be holding FY2018 Grant Guideline Information Seminars prior to the opening of our FY2018 application. Each event will include overviews of the agency and our grants, and will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet NYSCA's new Executive Director Mara Manus. In addition, Program staff will be available for small group meetings to review grant guidelines specific to each program. These seminars will focus on a broad overview of the FY18 NYSCA Funding Programs and Guidelines. NYSCA staff will also be available to discuss Prequalification and the grant application process.

The seminars will conclude with a reception and networking mixer. For dates and locations, click here. 

If you will be attending a seminar, please send your name, title, organization, and which seminar you will attend to public.affairs@arts.ny.gov.
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grants
The Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) are pleased to announce the availability of $65,000 in matching grants through the 2017 Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grant Program. This annual grant program offers funding for programming, interpretation, and marketing projects that support the mutual goals of the HRVNHA and applicants. Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. Projects that include multiple partners will be eligible to receive more than $5,000. Grant program guidelines and applications are available on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area website: hudsonrivervalley.com/heritage-development-grants.
Application deadline is February 3 at 4:00 PM. 
The Stakes Have Never Been Higher-
Register for Museum Advocacy Day By Jan 23   

Do you feel that museums are fully appreciated by policymakers? Are you concerned about policy challenges to nonprofits?  Museums Advocacy Day is the perfect opportunity to make a unified case to Congress in support of museums. The Alliance makes it easy by providing comprehensive policy briefings and scheduling your meetings on Capitol Hill. 

Click here to register or visit  www.aam-us.org  for more information. 
NYSCA/PLNYS Preservation Grants Available

Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for 2017 Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), signature grant programs of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Preservation League of New York State (PLNYS). 

Guidelines for grants are posted on the League's website. Prospective applicants must discuss proposed projects with Preservation League staff before receiving an application.  Contact Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation, at 518-462-5658 x 12 for more information or to request an application.  For more information visit the Grant Page of PLNYS's website. 
Preserve New York
Preserve New York suppo rts historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Eligible projects may include but not be limited to: a historic structure report for a historic site; a building condition report for a local library; a cultural landscape report for an Olmsted-designed park; or a cultural resource survey of a downtown or residential neighborhood. To view grant guidelines, follow this link

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)
The Technical Assistance Grant (TAG)  program started in 2012 to support discrete projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources. Not-for-profit arts/cultural groups and municipalities managing arts/cultural facilities are encouraged to apply. The applicant group may apply for short-term, standalone projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, opera houses and theaters, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. These professional studies include: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies. Preparation of architectural plans and specifications are not eligible. Grant amounts will not exceed $3,000 and the total cost of the applicant's project may not exceed $3,500. Each applicant must provide $500 toward the total project cost.  To see grant guidelines, follow this link .

The application deadline for Spring TAG and 2017 Preserve New York is Monday, March 27, 2017. 
$1,500 Grants Available Now for Suffrage Plans
2017 marks 100 years since New York State signed woman's suffrage into law, three years before the US passed the 19th Amendment. This was a milestone for the state and a transformative moment in American democracy. Equal opportunity is as important a topic today as it was when Susan B. Anthony was arrested in Rochester for attempting to vote.
This historical moment is the perfect time to frame a statewide discussion about the social, professional and political equality of women-and by extension, all citizens-in New York State. Through dialogue about our shared history and our common future, the New York Women's Suffrage Centennial (The Centennial)  will produce a statewide conversation that celebrates the accomplishments of the past while helping us become a more just and equitable society for all. 
If you're planning programs for this year that relate to the themes of The Centennial, apply today to HumanitiesNY(formerly NY Council for the Humanities) for a Vision or Action grant to support your work! Visit http://humanitiesny.org/our-work/special-initiatives/womens-suffrage/  for more information,  or make an appointment today to discuss your proposal idea s.
NYSA Student Research Awards Contest
The New York State Archives invites students to apply to the Student Research Awards Contest. The contest is open to all New York State students between grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research.  The application deadline is July 1, 2017 and three awards will be presented in the fall of 2017.  All students must use historical records, as well as other primary and secondary sources, in their research.  Projects must be nominated by teachers or administrators in the school attended by the student(s). Community members such as municipal historians and public librarians may also nominate students.  Entries from home-schooled students are welcome.  To find out more about the contest you can visit the archive's website at   www.archives.nysed.gov  or call at 518-474-6926. 
NYSCA/GHHN Collections Needs Assessment Program Supplies Portal to Open April 1, 2017!
New Grant Opportunity!
Applicants who have consulted with an appropriate professional may request funds to purchase collections management supplies. Supplies may include, but are not limited to: storage boxes, acid-free tissue paper, artifact trays, dividers, UV filtering film, Tyvek sheeting, tape, tags, labels, and environmental monitors. Supply requests for archival or library collections will not be supported. 
Maximum award: $750. 

Application Deadlines
May 1 (Portal open April 1) and October 1 (Portal open September 1).  

To learn more click here

The Collection Needs Assessment Program, a NYSCA/GHHN Partnership Program, is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Event Registration is Now Open for 
2017 Path Through History Weekends! 

Due to overwhelming positive feedback from our recent survey,  next  year  Path Through History Weekends will be held in two seasons: 
Spring - on Father's Day weekend (June 17-18, 2017) 
Fall - on Columbus Day weekend (October 7-9, 2017)

Host sites can  participate in one or both of the weekends; there is no obligation to participate in both. If your organization is holding an event during these time frames that connects with New York State history, we encourage you to participate so we can include it in our promotional efforts.  Don't delay,  click here  to register your event today!

Email pthweekend@iloveny.com  with any questions you have about Path Through History Weekends.
Been Giving Tours and Programs for Years?
Why Not Gift Yourself With This Refresher to
Stay Interpretively Fit, Content Current, and Audience Savvy? 

Monday, May 22
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55

Join GHHN as Kathryn Boardman of The Cherry Valley Group presents concrete examples of how to positively interact with visitors, create a welcoming and engaging experience, and inspire lasting and meaningful memories for visitors, as well as for staff and volunteers. The workshop will feature open discussions, hands-on work sessions and creative problem solving of real-life museum, historic house and historic site situations. Workshop fee includes a lite breakfast, networking luncheon, resource materials, and site tour.  

Space is limited - Register Today!

To learn more or to register, visit:

Click here 
to see photos from our last Creating Best Visitor Experiences Workshop on December 6 at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site!

This program is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

Working On a Grant? 
Grant Writing SIG Meet Up at Southeastern!
Southeastern NY Library Resources Council is hosting a Special Interest Group meeting on January 18, 2017.  The group will convene for members to discuss grant writing proposals that are in progress, just getting started, or not yet found. The discussion will be tailored to the needs of the group and may include topics related to resources for finding grants, techniques for writing grants, collaboration opportunities and referrals to grant writing services.  
Participants are invited to bring their works in progress for peer-to-peer evaluation and advice. The group will be joined by librarian and archivist Eric Roth, Manager of Grants & Organizational Funding, Mohonk Preserve.
To find out more information or to register, click here. 
SPLIA's List of Endangered Places 2017:
Submit Your Nomination by January 31st!
The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) is now accepting nominations for SPLIA's List of Endangered Places 2017.  Is an historic building or place in your community neglected, in decline, or threatened by development? Submit a nomination today -  Click here to download a Nomination Form. 
SPLIA's Endangered Places List  aids preservation efforts on Long Island by raising awareness and generating public support for saving threatened places. Endangered Places receive priority access to SPLIA's advisory services to assist local advocacy groups with their preservation goals. To find out more information visit www.splia.org
Research Residency at NY State Archives Application Deadline is January 15
Did you know research grants are available at the New York State Archives?  The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program offers awards for on-site research in historical records. Previous Residents include academic and public historians, graduate students, independent researchers and writers, and primary and secondary school teachers.  
Consult full details and application online or  email sarahackres@nysed.gov.
Centennial Historic Roadside Marker 
Grant Program
2017 marks 100 years  since New York State signed women's suffrage into law.  To celebrate this important heritage, The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has partnered with Humanities New York  to launch a Centennial Historic Roadside Marker Grant Program to commemorate the people, places, or things instrumental to women gaining the right to vote in New York State.
Below please find important deadlines for the application process. To apply go to www.wgpfoundation.org  and click on the "Apply for Grants" link in the upper right hand corner which will bring you to our online application process. New users will need to create a new account to complete the registration process. To learn more about this program and other grant opportunities, please visit the NYS Women's Suffrage Section on our website or go to www.humanitiesny.org .
Important Deadlines:   
January 5, 2017 - Grant Program Available Online
February 1, 2017 - Deadline to submit  listing of primary source(s).  You will fill this out online with the proposed marker inscription along with a listing of primary documentation you will be submitting with your final application.
February 15, 2017 - Application Deadline
March 30, 2017  - Awards Granted
Recordings at Risk Program From CLIR Will Help Preserve Audio & Audiovisual Recordings
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for the pilot cycle of the Recordings at Risk Program, a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio recordings of high scholarly value in the US. Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will run four competitions from Jan 2017 to September 2018, and will award a total of $2.3 Million.   
Pilot Call: Audiotapes at Risk - Deadline: March 3, 2017
To help develop guidelines and review criteria for the new regranting program, CLIR is issuing a pilot call for proposals, in partnership with NEDCC.  The pilot will focus only on the reformatting of magnetic audio media (open reel, DAT, and casette tapes) to be digitized through NEDCC's newly implemented audio preservation service. CLIR will convene an independent review panel to assess proposals.  After the review, in May 2017 CLIR will disburse a total of $150,000 in awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. 
Open Competitions: Audio and/or Audiovisual Media
Deadlines: June 2017, December 2017, and May 2018
Following the initial competition for reformatting at NEDCC, CLIR will launch a series of three open competitions for audio and/or audiovisual digitization. Awards for the open competition will range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will cover costs of preservation reformatting for audio and/or audiovisual content by eligible institutions working independently or with qualified service providers. For complete information and guidelines, visit CLIR Recordings at Risk
Interested in working with NEDCC on a CLIR Recordings at Risk Project?  Contact Bryce Roe, NEDCC Manager of Audio Preservation Services,  978-470-1010 ext. 237.  Learn more about NEDCC's Audio Preservation Services here.
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