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Deadline: December 1, 2016

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Museums for America

The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. MFA has three project categories:

  • Learning Experiences: Supports the unique ability of museums to open the door to meaningful knowledge and enhanced inquiry skills for people of all ages and backgrounds through multi-sensory learning, discovery, critical thinking, and problem solving. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) welcomes applications for projects that position museums as unique teaching and inquiry-focused institutions within today’s formal and informal learning ecosystem. Successful projects will provide high-quality, inclusive educational opportunities that address particular audience needs. Projects that are based upon current research in cognitive and behavioral science as well as best practices developed in museums and other informal learning environments are encouraged.
  • Community Anchors: Promotes the role of museums as essential partners in addressing the needs of their communities by leveraging their expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, and other resources to identify and implement solutions. By strengthening museums’ capacities for civic engagement, these projects contribute to the creation of livable, sustainable communities. Applications for projects that empower museums to transform their roles in their communities from being community resources to being community catalysts are welcomed.
  • Collections Stewardship: Supports the management, care, and conservation of, as well as broad access to and use of museum collections. Investments designed to contribute to the long-term preservation of materials and specimens are complemented by skill-building and capacity-expanding programs for museum staff, volunteers, and interns. IMLS welcomes applications for projects that address state-of-the-art collections care and collections-information management, curation, preventive conservation, conservation treatments, database creation and enhancement, digitization, and the use of digital tools to facilitate discovery and deepen engagement with museum collections.

Amount: A total of $20,200,000 is available to fund approximately 126 awards, ranging from $5,000 to $500,000. The project period is up to three years. For applications requesting more than $25,000, applicants must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request. No cost sharing is permitted for applications requesting amounts of $5,000-$25,000.

Eligibility: Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply (see https://www.imls.gov/grants/apply-grant/eligibility-criteria).

Link: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/museums-america

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