Webinar for Grant Seekers: Funding Audio Preservation Projects

Posted April 5, 2024 by Jesse Johnston

We are happy to announce a webinar co-sponsored by the National Recording Preservation Foundation and the Radio Preservation Task Force. The webinar is free and available to the public and will be live on April 5, 2024. If you are accessing this page after that date, we will post an edited recording, transcript, and any additional resources from the event below.

Update: Resources Posted

We have posted the recording, transcript, and slides from the webinar at the RPTF website! Please look for the materials at https://radiopreservation.org/2024/04/22/audio-preservation-grants-webinar/.

Flyer advertising the NRPF/RPTF grants webinar schedule for 5 April 2024.

Date and Time

April 5, 2024

9AM PDT / 11AM CDT / 12 Noon EDT


Register here: [Link removed after April 5, 2024.]


  • Erin Barsan (Institute for Museum and Library Services)
  • Sharon Burney (Council for Library and Information Resources)
  • Joshua Sternfeld (National Endowment for the Humanities)


  • Jesse A. Johnston (University of Michigan School of Information, National Recording Preservation Foundation)
  • Allison Schein (Radio Preservation Task Force)


Audio preservation projects often require additional investments when organizations undertake them, particularly due to the many specialized technical, equipment, and storage needs. Likewise, many collections face diminishing budgets, and external funding is often required to support special projects. In this situation, many collections managers are interested in pursuing external grants, but archivists, librarians, researchers, and collections managers often have little, if any, training and education on successfully applying for grants. This webinar will offer insights on current organizational grant opportunities that can be opportunities to support or plan audio preservation projects. Representatives of current funders - including the Council for Library and Information Resources, Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Recording Preservation Foundation - will provide overviews of their grant offerings relevant to audio preservation and examples of projects that may be eligible for funding. Funder representatives will include Erin Barsan (IMLS), Sharon Burney (CLIR), and Joshua Sternfeld (NEH). They’ll also provide tips on writing successful applications. Jesse Johnston (University of Michigan School of Information and National Recording Preservation Foundation) and Allison Schein (Radio Preservation Task Force), successful grant writers themselves, will moderate the discussion. The webinar will close with a question-and-answer session where attendees can ask the program officers for further guidance in the complex and often confusing process of applying for grants.


The webinar will be held via Zoom videoconference on April 5, 2024. We will post transcript and edited recordings here following the webinar.