NFF and Mellon Foundation Partner to Support Audio and/or Audio-Visual Preservation Organizations

July 1, 2024

Participant Applications Now Open 

With generous support from the Mellon Foundation, NFF is pleased to share an opportunity for audio and/or audio-visual preservation organizations to participate in an initiative designed to build financial resilience.  

The stories and experiences of people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA, disabled people, people with lower incomes, and those who live in rural areas are underrepresented in mainstream historical records. Audio and/or audio-visual preservation nonprofits led by people from these communities play an important role in preserving these critical historical narratives. This initiative will strengthen these organizations by offering tailored support from NFF’s finance experts, peer learning opportunities, deep analysis of operations and opportunities, and direct financial support to help participants reach their goals. 

NFF will work with a cohort of up to 10 organizations over a three-year period. Participating organizations will progress through an integrated program that includes convenings and peer learning, customized consulting to support planning for growth and adaptability, a participation grant, and the opportunity to apply to the Mellon Foundation for change capital that will support business model shifts and build long-term resilience. To continue informing ways to improve the field, this initiative is designed to disseminate learnings broadly to the field, sharing successes and challenges in real time, and offering models that other audio and/or audio-visual preservation organizations can use to develop financial strength and adaptability.    

For organizations interested in applying to be part of this work, you can learn more here and complete an application here

Applications are due by August 18, 2024. Please direct any questions to the NFF team at [email protected].  


About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive. Learn more at

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