National Film Preservation Foundation

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870 Market St.
Ste. 1113
San Francisco, California 94102
United States

Tel: 415-392-7291
Fax: 415-392-7293

Support Provided

Created by the U.S. Congress to help save Americas film heritage, NFPF supports activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.


  • Registration Deadline: June 24, 2011
  • Application Deadline: July 29, 2011
  • Grant Period: September 30, 2011 to December 1, 2012


Additional Programs:

Basic Preservation Grants
Awards nonprofit and public institutions for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials. Awards range from $1,000 to $15,000.
Deadline: March 21

Matching Grants
Matching grants fund complex, large-scale preservation, reconstruction, or restoration projects involving a single film or film collection of special cultural, historic, or artistic significance. The grants may be requested by nonprofit or public institutions with film preservation experience and the current capacity to carry out large preservation efforts. Applicants may request cash stipends of between $15,000 and $50,000 to fund laboratory work and must "match" the NFPF grant with outside cash support equal to one-fifth of the award. Applicants may not apply for a Basic Preservation Grant during the same grant cycle.
Deadline: March 21*

Partnership Grants
Nonprofit and public archives can receive grants for film preservation work at laboratories and post-production houses donating services to the NFPF. Grants will average in value from $3,000 to $5,000 in laboratory services.
Deadline: July 11*

The Avant-Garde Masters Grants
This grant supports the preservation of a film or films by a single filmmaker or cinematic movement significant to the development of avant-garde film in America. Works made in the last twenty years are not eligible. Applications should show how the proposed titles have made a significant contribution to the American experimental film movement and why they are in need of preservation. Proposals must also include plans detailing how the films will be made available to the public and the scholarly community. This grant will fund one or two preservation projects ranging between $20,000 and $50,000.
Deadline: May 16*

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