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 expressions of America's heritage.
As part of this mission, the foundation is accepting applications for its American Heritage program, which seeks to promote knowledge, preservation, and accessibility of America's heritage through educational opportunities for future conservators and curators and the preservation and presentation of unique collections.
To that end, 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 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 that has been determined by the IRS to be charitable, scientific, or educational and is recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (and is not a private foundation). Priority will be given to organizations that are located or operate within the state of Michigan.
In 2018, applications will be accepted on the tenth of January, April, July, and October.
For complete program guidelines, descriptions of previously awarded grants, and application instructions, see the American Foundation website.