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National Film Preservation Foundation Invites Applications for Basic Preservation Grants

The National Film Preservation Foundation is inviting applications for the summer round of its Basic Preservation Grants. These grants are awarded to nonprofit and public institutions conducting laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials.

Grants are available to public and 501(c)(3) nonprofit institutions in the U.S. that provide public access to their collections, including those that are part of federal, state, or local government. The grants target orphan films made in the U.S. or by American citizens abroad and not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities.

Grant funds must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of new film preservation elements (which may include sound tracks) and two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print. The grant does not fund HD transfers.

Awards generally range from $1,000 to $15,000 in cash and/or laboratory services.

Visit the National Film Preservation Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

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