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Institute of Museum and Library Services: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) program supports Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. These grants are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship.

Applicants may propose projects including, but not limited to, the following activities:

  • Interpretive and educational programs, product development, and delivery
  • Exhibition development, design, and fabrication (non-construction)
  • Digital media development, design, and delivery
  • Design and printing of educational resources including training manuals, toolkits, and curricula that support educational programs and exhibitions
  • Training for staff, volunteers, interns, and community members in museum practice and digital literacy
  • Internships by community youth in museum and cultural preservation and interpretation practices
  • Forums for community dialogue and civic engagement
  • Developing collection plans, interpretive plans, or strategic plans using consultants, researchers, and other sources of professional expertise
  • Needs assessments and community outreach planning activities which may include utilizing an expert consultant
  • Audience research and evaluation, including utilizing an evaluation consultant to help develop achievable performance goals and measurable outcomes
  • Creating environments for community learning and discovery
  • Collections management, care, and conservation
  • Cataloging, inventorying, documentation, and registration of collections
  • Rehousing collections and environmental improvements (non-construction) for museum collections storage and exhibit areas
  • Digitization of collections designed to enhance outreach, expand access, or improve collections management
  • Installing, migrating to, and upgrading collections databases to improve collections management, collections-related information, and/or to facilitate access and discovery

Amount: A total of $924,000 is available to award approximately 14 grants, ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 and averaging $44,000. The project period is for up to two years.

Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian tribes, Alaskan Native Villages and corporations, and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. Note that museums, libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible applicants but may partner with eligible applicants.

Link: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/native-americannative-hawaiian-museum-services-program

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