Introducing Foundational Planning Assistance!

Mon, 08/16/2021 - 13:34

DHPSNY is excited to announce a new addition to our Planning & Assessment Services—Foundational Planning Assistance! Foundational Planning Assistance is geared towards organizations that may not feel they are ready for DHPSNY’s Archival Needs Assessment, Preservation Survey, or Strategic Planning Assistance processes.

Foundational Planning Assistance has been designed as an informal and accessible process that provides participating institutions with a framework for institutional advancement, with an emphasis on strengthening the organizational components needed for optimal levels of collections stewardship. The overarching goal of Foundational Planning Assistance is to strengthen an organization’s capacity and prepare them to engage in a comprehensive assessment within the next one to three years.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Foundational Planning Assistance is open to nonprofit cultural institutions in New York State that hold historical records and/or library research materials. It is desired that the organization operates a program to preserve these records and make them publicly accessible; however, organizations that require DHPSNY assistance in developing a program to provide access will be considered. 

Application materials for Foundation Planning Assistance are accepted year-round and reviewed on a monthly basis. While there is currently no specific deadline by which organizations must apply, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis through November 2021. 

For assistance, questions about eligibility, or additional information, contact us at or 215-545-0613 ext. 338.


Image: Erie Canal: Locks and dams at Amsterdam and Tribes Hill; 1907. New York State Archives. State Engineer and Surveyor. Barge Canal construction photographs.

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