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Deadline: December 1, 2016

Institute of Museum and Library Services: National Leadership Grants for Museums

National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. National Leadership Grants for Museums 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. Applications for projects that position museums as teaching and inquiry-focused institutions within today’s formal and informal learning ecosystem are welcomed. Successful projects will help the museum field 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. By strengthening museums’ capacities for civic engagement, these projects contribute to the creation of livable, sustainable communities.
  • Collections Stewardship: Supports the exemplary management, care, 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 help the museum field 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. Projects that demonstrate cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration with libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions are also of interest.

Amount: A total of $6,500,000 is available to fund approximately 15 awards, ranging from $5,000 to $1,000,000. The project period is up to three years. 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 required for research projects or projects in the rapid prototyping $5,000 – $50,000 funding level and will not be considered in the review of the application.

Eligibility: Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply (see https://www.imls.gov/grants/apply-grant/eligibility-criteria), as well as public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession; and institutions of higher education, including public and non-profit universities.

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

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