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2017 Film Preservation Grants: Register by January 27

The NFPF is now accepting registrations for this year’s federally funded grants. We offer two types, which support the preservation of historically and culturally significant American “orphan” films. The registration deadline is Friday, January 27. Completed applications will be due Friday, February 24.

Basic Preservation Grants represent the most common cash grant offered by the NFPF. They fund laboratory work to create preservation masters and access copies of American films unlikely to survive without public support. They are awarded to nonprofit and public institutions in the United States that provide public access to their film collections. Awards range from $1,000 to $18,000. Keep in mind that films created for video or television are ineligible. Before applying, please carefully review the Basic Grant guidelines.

Institutions that have successfully completed at least one NFPF-funded project are eligible for Matching Grants, which fund larger-scale preservation, reconstruction, or restoration projects involving a single film or film collection. Grant awards range from $18,001 and $40,000 and entirely fund laboratory work. Institutions must “match” the NFPF grant with outside cash support equal to one-fifth of the award, as specified in the guidelines. Basic and Matching Grants are made possible by The Library of Congress Sound Recording and Film Preservation Programs Reauthorization Act of 2016.

Keep in mind that this will be the only NFPF grant round for 2017, aside from the Avant-Masters Grants. We welcome new institutions every year, so if your archive has a preservation project that fits our guidelines, we want to hear from you!

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