Conservation and Preservation at Libraries as a "Social Compact"

The Bay & Paul Foundations make grants with a desire to support a social movement that creates a just and ecologically sound society. Or as the foundation states, “Our vision is of vibrant communities whose skillful collaborations assure just and ecologically robust outcomes for present and future generations.”

The role of libraries is a notable aspect of that vision, through the Bay & Paul Foundations' Educational Applications of Cultural Collections focus area. This sector focuses on conservation and preservation projects, including collections care training programs. The Bay & Paul Foundations also emphasizes education in this giving area, stating a preference for "projects and initiatives that support youth in becoming agents of change encountering a world of burgeoning challenge and opportunity."

This sentiment also fits in with the foundation's mission “to foster and accelerate initiatives that prepare agents of change working to strengthen our social compact and develop authentic solutions to the challenges of this pivotal century.”

Other key words reinforcing this foundation’s view of its granting as a “social compact” are found in its values statement: Courage, patience, humility, listening, understanding, collaboration, opportunities.

For library programs, recent support includes:

You’re right to notice that a lot of this giving goes to the New York City area. However, The Bay & Paul Foundations do not stipulate any geographic limitations for its Educational Applications of Cultural Collections giving. Furthermore, the foundation has an open, online LOI process. Biannual deadlines vary; check the website for upcoming dates.