Shelby White & Leon Levy Archival Assistance Initiative Grants 2024


In keeping with our mission to document, preserve, and celebrate the history of historic preservation in New York City, the New York Preservation Archive Project established the Shelby White & Leon Levy Archival Assistance Grants Initiative to help historic preservation-related not-for-profit organizations and similar institutions identify and maintain their archival resources related to historic preservation. Generous assistance from the Leon Levy Foundation in 2022 allowed the Initiative to be reinvigorated with a new round of grants, and we are now embarking upon a third year of grants for 2024.

The Archive Project and the Leon Levy Foundation hope to promote the importance of safeguarding archival records and support those working in New York City’s civic preservation sector. Applicants must demonstrate their project or collection’s significance to the story of historic preservation in New York City. Eligible themes include but are not limited to: landmarking & National Register listing efforts; preservation policy work; grassroots efforts to save community sites; institutional history of preservation organizations; contributions of prominent preservationists; and, work to preserve historic resources. Archives that document New York City history but do not tell a historic preservation story do not fall within the qualifications of this grant program. Please contact if you have questions about eligibility.

Scope: Projects and expenses may include, but are not limited to, hiring an archival consultant; creating an archival policy; performing a survey of archival collections; the creation of collection inventories and finding aids; collections processing; the purchase of archival supplies and materials; increasing public accessibility to collections; scanning and digitization; and the creation of new management strategies for operational records. 

**Grants awarded by the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archival Assistance Grants Initiative (typical range is $500-2,500) do not require a matching grant.

Completed applications with supporting materials must be submitted via the application form by 11:59pm on May 7, 2024. Grant winners will be informed in the latter part of the summer.

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