Small Museum

Collection Care Grant



A CSA Small Museum Collection Care Grant of $1500 is intended to assist the costume and textiles collection of a small museum (including historical societies, historic houses or sites, and other similar institutions) that has a very limited budget and staff. Funding may be used to support the care, conservation, and/or exhibition of costume and textiles that have historic, regional, or other significance and are intended for preservation.

First awarded in 2003, and now funded by the CSA Endowment, one or more Small Museum Collection Care Grants are awarded annually. These grants may be used for appropriate supplies or display items, the services of a consultant or specialist, or other projects that relate directly to the institution’s costume collection and foster the care or use of the collection at a level appropriate to the particular collection’s most pressing needs.


A CSA Small Museum Collection Care Grant is intended to make a dramatic beneficial impact on the receiving institution’s costume collection. Institutions must have annual budgets of $250,000 or less and five or fewer full-time staff members. Budget size and access to other financial resources will be taken into account when selecting grant recipients, with strong preference given to institutions with very limited budget and resources. Preference will be given to institutions that have previously undergone a Conservation Assessment Program assessment when possible. Applications will be evaluated on:

  • high impact of the project on collection’s well-being and mission
  • feasibility of the project in terms of budget, timeline, and personnel to carry it out
  • significance of the collection

Institutions applying for a grant must meet the following requirements:

  • fall into the small museum category, which includes historical societies, historic houses or sites, or other similar institutions
  • have an annual budget of $250,000 or less and five or fewer full-time paid staff members
  • be a non-profit organization as recognized under IRS Section 501
  • be regularly open to the public for a minimum of forty days per year
  • have a collection of tangible costume objects
  • have very limited budget and staff to support their costume collection
  • propose a project relating to maintaining the costume and textile collection
  • to accept a grant, an institution must be or become an Institutional Member of the Costume Society of America or have an active staff member who is an Individual CSA member
  • an institution is not eligible to receive a grant more than once in three years

Grant recipients will be announced at the CSA National Symposium. Grant funds will be available by June 15. Funded projects must be completed by June 30 of the following year. Upon completion of their project, each institution must submit a final report, with before and after images, to the grant committee chair. Completed projects will be publicized in CSA E-News.

Application Procedure


  • Complete the application (click here to download). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit one application electronically. If not submitting electronically, send six (6) copies of the application material (with a single copy of the institution’s most recent IRS Form 990/999-EZ and all schedules), together with any relevant documentation and supporting material.
  • Cynthia Amneus

    Cincinnati Art Museum
    953 Eden Park Drive
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

This year's application deadline has passed

Next year's applications will be due in October of 2018.

Past Recipients


2017:
Tahoe Heritage Foundation
South Lake Tahoe, CA

2016:
The Ted Lewis Museum
Circleville, OH

2015:
Humphrey History Park and Museum
Evergreen, CO

Berkeley County Historical Society
Martinsburg, WV

2014:
Miami County Historical Society
Peru, IN
Steel Plant Museum of Western New York
Buffalo, NY

2013:
The Museum of Culpeper History
Culpeper, VA
Franklin County Historical Society-Kittochtinny
Chambersburg, PA

2012:
The American Museum of Magic
Marshall, MI
The Denver Museum of Miniatures
Denver, CO
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Evanston, IL

2011:
Monroe County Historical Society
Stroudsburg, PA
Giles County Historical Society
Pearisburg, VA

2010:
New Castle Historical Society
New Castle, DE
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
New Bedford, MA

2009:
Cedar Falls Historical Society
Cedar Falls, IA

2008:
Clarke Historical Society
Eureka, CA
Shelton Historical Society
Shelton, CT

2007:
Tecumseh Area Historical Society
Tecumseh, MI
Casa Grande Valley Historical Society
Casa Grande, AZ

2006:
Days of ’76 Museum
Deadwood, SD

2005:
The Barnacle Society, Inc.
Coconut Grove, FL
Poultney Historical Society
Poultney, VT

2004:
Avery House Historic District Guild
Fort Collins, CO
Watkins Community Museum of History
Lawrence, KS

2003:
The Historical Society of Pomona Valley, Inc.
Pomona, CA