The Americana Foundation supports educational and advocacy programs that address the sustainable growth and development of American agriculture and community food systems, the conservation and preservation of the nation's natural resources, and the protection and presentation of cultural expressions of America's heritage.
To advance its mission, the foundation is accepting applications to its American Heritage program, which seeks to promote knowledge of and accessibility to America's heritage through educational opportunities of future conservators and curators in the field and the preservation and presentation of unique collections.
Grants will be awarded for the preservation and/or acquisition of high style, classic, handcrafted furniture from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well as supporting their placement with charitable and educational institutions and/or the U.S. government; career development support for curatorial and conservation internships within major institutions and universities; and restoration projects for heritage buildings and cultural landscapes that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Priority will be given to one-year projects that are supported by multiple sources and are sustainable over time. In the past, grant amounts have ranged between $15,000 and $50,000.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization and tax exempt as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Priority will be given to organizations that are located or operate within the state of Michigan.
The application period will open on July 10 and close on October 10.
For complete program guidelines, descriptions of previously awarded grants, and application instructions, see the American Foundation website.