The Site Preservation Grant is intended to fund projects that uphold the AIA's mission to preserve and protect the world's archaeological heritage for future generations. The goal of the grant, which carries a maximum stipend of $15,000, is to enhance global preservation efforts and promote awareness of the need to protect threatened archaeological sites. The AIA seeks to support projects that not only directly preserve archaeological sites, but those that also include public outreach and education components that create a positive impact on the local community, students, and the discipline of archaeology as a whole.
Applications eligible for consideration for a Site Preservation Grant should fit one or more of these categories:
- Planning for conservation: involves documentation including photography and digital applications, assessment of significance and condition, and drawing up a conservation plan in coordination with the local authorities
- Conservation interventions: physical hands-on treatments, materials and labor
- Preventive measures: reburial, shelters, fences, walkways, water management (drainage, flood prevention)
- Monitoring and maintenance of sites
- Training of personnel in conservation and site management
- Public outreach and education
Questions to consider when applying include:
- Does the application include education and outreach at the local, regional, national, or international level?
- Does the project include activities to ensure long-term site maintenance?
- Do the archaeologists, conservators, and other professionals have suitable credentials (Ph.D. for archaeologists and MS/MA for conservators in the appropriate areas) and/or publication of previous fieldwork and commitment to site conservation and documentation?
- Does the project have innovative components?
- Will the project develop a tool/methodology that may be useful for other sites/projects?
- Does the project demonstrate "best practices" in some aspect of site preservation?
- Does the project demonstrate a high level of involvement of local authorities and personnel?
- Does the site have a maintenance plan in place?
- Does the site have a master/management plan in place?