The Al Larvick Conservation Fund (ALCF, or “The Fund”) operates a grant program for the conservation of home and amateur audiovisual materials (moving image: film and video) and their digital transfers. Grants are open to individuals, institutions and organizations.

Each year submission deadlines will be announced via Newsletter, Facebook and other advertising. The program currently makes awards under the two separate categories outlined below.


Al Larvick North Dakota Grant (ALNDG)

The Fund offers a budget total of $5,000 by a sponsoring state of the art film and video lab, to one or more applicants. Grant money is to be applied to the preservation of cultural histories through the conservation, education and public accessibility of home and amateur analog audiovisual materials. This grant is limited to works recorded in the state of North Dakota (or collections which primarily consist of footage captured in North Dakota). The fund tries to accommodate most analog (pre-digital) media formats. This grant is financially supported by its sponsor, The MediaPreserve and Al Larvick Conservation Fund's individual donors. Learn more here about ALCF's sponsoring partner. (Please note that grant moneys go directly to the lab to cover grant related costs and are not dispensed directly to grantees).


Al Larvick National Grant (ALNG)

The Fund offers a budget total of $5,000 by a sponsoring state of the art film and video labs, to one or more applicants. Grant money is to be applied to the preservation of cultural histories through conservation, education and the public accessibility of home and amateur analog audiovisual materials. This grant is limited to works recorded within the United States and primarily outside of North Dakota State (recordings captured primarily in North Dakota are covered in the ALNDG). The fund tries to accommodate most analog (pre-digital) media formats. This grant is financially supported by its sponsor, Pro8mm and Al Larvick Conservation Fund individual donors. Learn more here about ALCF's sponsoring partner. (Please note that grant moneys go directly to the lab to cover grant related costs and are not dispensed directly to grantees).


Funds may be APPLIED TO:

  • Evaluation of original materials
  • Repair and cleaning of original materials as appropriate
  • Capture resolution of Standard Definition, High Definition, 2k & up (dependent upon sponsor)
  • Color correction (dependent upon sponsor)
  • Return original materials and packaging (boxes, cases, canisters, reels, etc.)
  • One drive (Mac/PC formatted)
  • Digitally transferred files including a digital master and digital access files (SD captures to not include access files. Only digital master files)
  • Shipping costs to and from lab via FedEx.

Grantees will receive a ALCF Personal Archiving Best Practices Guide for reference.