The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is thrilled to announce a new funding opportunity for outreach activities. Funds from the FAIC Holly Maxson Conservation Fund will be awarded for the implementation of Holly Maxson Conservation Grants, which aim to build awareness among students (middle school through undergraduate) about conservation and related fields and to encourage students to consider the field of conservation as a career path. A broad range of projects might be proposed, such as curriculum development, online resources, pilot projects within an institution, or video production.

A total of $32,000 in grants will be made in 2022, with a maximum award amount of $16,000. Awards will be made every two years. The submission deadline is February 15, 2022.

Grant projects should be focused on:

  • Reaching and building awareness among students (from any level in the range between middle school and undergraduate) about aspects of the field of conservation and related fields such as architecture, book arts, libraries and archives, cabinetmaking, and the historic trades as a career path
  • Encouraging the target audience to consider conservation or related fields as a career path
  • Promoting and expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., building awareness and understanding about the cultural heritage of historically marginalized and underrepresented groups in the United States)
  • Creating programs or projects that could become a permanent part of ongoing educational programs, which includes potential for programs to be financially sustainable

In addition, as part of the proposal, applicants are required to outline a plan for the broad dissemination of results to the conservation and museum/library community (e.g. via websites, social media, etc.)

Please share this opportunity widely within your professional networks. You can find more information about eligibility, the application process, and terms on our website. Questions about the grants can be sent to Several informational sessions will also be held prior to the grant deadline to provide prospective applicants with opportunities to discuss ideas.

Date Posted: October 17, 2021