The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is seeking Letter of Inquiries (LOIs) for its Conservation Grants program to support the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European works of art from antiquity to the early 19th century.
Grants are awarded to projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies.
Grants are also awarded for activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise with both professional colleagues and a broad audience through international exchanges, professional meetings, conferences, symposia, consultations, the presentation of research, exhibitions that include a prominent focus on materials and techniques, and other professional events.
- Grants are awarded to non-profit institutions that have 501(c)3 status in the United States, which includes supporting foundations of European institutions and foreign institutions that have obtained recognition of exemption from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
- The project being pursued can be the work of a single individual or a team affiliated with the organization applying for support, but the Foundation does not pay grants directly to individuals.
- Support for conservation treatments is generally limited to works from the distributed Kress Collection and is typically coordinated through the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Center of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.
- Organizations invited to apply for a grant from the Kress Foundation will be notified via email within 7 business days of the LOI submission deadline.
Organizations submitting a grant application through the portal will be asked to describe:
- The project’s main goals;
- The project history to date (if applicable);
- The key activities to be carried out;
- Personnel overseeing the project;
- The anticipated outcomes of the project.
Applicants will also be required to upload the following documents:
- A detailed project budget in MS Excel;
- The IRS determination letter of 501(c)3 status for the organization that will receive and administer the funds.
Additional supporting documents, as necessary, may also be uploaded, including:
- Curriculum vitae for the principal investigator(s);
- The conference, workshop, exhibition, or publication schedules;
- Images or illustrations;
- Letters of support.