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Institute of Museum and Library Services: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America Program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Applications should focus on providing rich learning experiences for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances; supporting partnerships aimed at assessing and addressing the needs of their communities; strengthening the role of museums as trusted stewards of the collections in their care; and/or expanding access to collections and associated resources.

Applicants should consider whether their organization is a good fit for this special initiative for small museums. Applicants should think about a range of attributes that describe their organization, including, but not limited to:

  • Number of staff members and volunteers
  • Estimate of total person-hours worked per week
  • Operating budget and sources of revenue
  • Number and types of objects in the collection
  • Size of facility and property
  • Types and numbers of audiences served
  • Size relative to other organizations of the same discipline, or within the same geographic region

Amount: Approximately $1,000,000 is available to make up to 25 awards ranging from $5,000-$50,000 and averaging $35,000.

Eligibility: Applicant organizations must meet all three of the following criteria:

  1. Be either a unit of State, local, or tribal government or be a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code
  2. Be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau
  3. Qualify as one of the following: (a) A museum that, using a professional staff, is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational, cultural heritage, or aesthetic purposes; owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects; and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates, or (b) A public or private nonprofit agency that is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets the eligibility criteria in 1, 2, and 3(a), applying on behalf of the museum.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319578

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