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Bank of America/IMLS American Heritage Preservation Program

From: Jeannine Mjoseth <jmjoseth<-a>
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008
Bank of America/IMLS American Heritage Preservation Program
<URL:http://www.imls.gov/news/2008/017008.shtm>

The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bank of America
Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the 2009 guidelines
for the American Heritage Preservation Program. This new
public-private partnership will fund the preservation of endangered
and fragile art works, rare books, scientific specimens, and
historical documents (photographs, maps, deeds, etc.) held in small
and medium-sized museums, archives, and libraries. To access
application guidelines instructions, please visit
<URL:http://www.imls.gov/collections/grants/boa.htm>.

   "It is through the preservation and care of our collective
    heritage that America's communities stay vital," said
    Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of IMLS "These grants are
    intended to assist institutions, as our nation's stewards of
    cultural collections, with activities that ensure the
    safekeeping and care of these precious artifacts and with
    sharing the impact of these activities with their communities."

The grants of up to $3,000 are aimed at completing stand-alone
conservation projects that convey the essential character and
experience of the United States. Examples of fundable projects are
provided in the grant guidelines.

The partnership builds on IMLS's Connecting to Collections: A Call
to Action, a multi-year, multi-pronged initiative to raise public
awareness and inspire action on the care of America's collections.
That initiative implements recommendations of an IMLS-supported
study, A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on
the State of America's Collections, which found that nearly 190
million objects in U.S. collections are in immediate danger of
deterioration and need restoration or conservation.

For questions about museum projects, please contact Christine Henry,
Senior Program Officer, at 202-653-4674 to discuss your questions.
For questions about library or archival projects, please contact
Susan Malbin, Senior Program Officer, at 202-653-4768.

The deadline for application is September 15, 2008. IMLS and Bank of
America will notify applicants of final decisions in January 2009,
with projects to begin no earlier than February 1, 2009.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of
Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support
for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The
Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that
connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the
national level and in coordination with state and local
organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance
learning and innovation; and support professional development. To
learn more about the Institute, please visit
<URL:http://www.imls.gov>.

Funded by Bank of America, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation
gave more than $200 million in 2007, making the bank the most
generous financial institution in the world and the second largest
donor of all U.S. corporations in cash contributions. Bank of
America approaches giving through a national strategy called
"neighborhood excellence" under which it works with local leaders to
identify and meet the most pressing needs of individual communities.
For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy,
please visit <URL:http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundation>.


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