Help is Available for Local Archive Collections in CT

Grant Funds Available for Archives in Connecticut

For immediate release

April 8, 2019

 The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board (CT SHRAB), in collaboration with Conservation ConneCTion, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the National Historic Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) to provide funding to cultural heritage organizations with archival collections.

The archival collections held by Connecticut’s mid-sized and small cultural heritage organizations are incredibly important in documenting and understanding the history of our state as it reflects the national experience. These repositories hold the private and public history of the people, communities, businesses and political entities that have shaped the history of Connecticut and serve as the threads that tie together diverse institutions and communities to create each unique local identity. 

Grant applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations including museums, historical societies, historic house museums, libraries, archives, religious and community organizations or other cultural institutions in Connecticut, that own, care for and exhibit archival collections to the public. Eligible institutions of all sizes are welcome to request support from this state-wide program; those with small budgets are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for this grant applicants must have received a site visit from the Traveling Archivist Program, demonstrate that they have completed recommendations provided in the report from the Traveling Archivist, and commit staff time and in-kind resources to the project to ensure its sustainability during and after the grant-funded project. Applicants who have not had a professional survey or report of their archives are not eligible to apply. If you have received a survey or report from a program other than the ones listed above, please contact us to discuss your eligibility. 

This grant funds a visit from a Traveling Archivist to provide training, oversight, guidance and demonstration of new or unfamiliar practices for one to five days. Potential grant projects should fall into one of the following categories: Policies & Procedures, Archival Appraisal & Accessioning, Archival Arrangement & Description, Access, Collection Database, Digital Preservation, Preservation Storage & Housing. Support is not available for staff salaries nor conservation treatment.

Grant applications will be reviewed competitively by a panel of professional archivists and historians. Individual grant awards range from $500 - $2,500. No match is required. Successful applicants must track their in-kind and cash resources applied to their project. A total of approximately $40,000 is available for grant-funded projects.

Award recipients will be announced in summer 2019. Funded projects must be completed within one year of the grant award date.  

To apply please visit the Conservation ConneCTion website -

For more information on these programs please contact Kathy Craughwell-Varda at Conservation ConneCTion – or 203-241-0618.

Learn more about CT SHRAB at

Application Form Link  Accompanying documents below.



Budget Form (pdf)


Traveling Archivists Contact Information (pdf)


Implementation Grant Guidelines (pdf)