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

Deadline: November 1, 2018

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 apply for projects including, but not limited to, the following activities:

  • Enhanced museum resources that foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies
  • Interpretive and educational programs, product development, and delivery
  • Exhibition development, design, and fabrication
  • Digital learning resource development, design, and delivery
  • Programs designed for audiences of specific ages, backgrounds, and circumstances
  • Professional development/training for formal and informal educators
  • Learning partnerships with schools and development of museum resources and programs in support of K-12 school curricula
  • Learning partnerships with schools and other entities and development of museum resources and programs in support of career preparedness and workforce re-entry for all ages
  • Programs and partnership development for out-of-school audiences
  • Program evaluation, visitor studies, and market analysis to guide the development, redesign, and/or effective delivery of learning experiences
  • Creating trusted spaces for community learning, debate, and dialogue
  • Building new partnerships to strengthen community connections through exhibitions, programs, and events
  • Conducting community-focused planning activities
  • Implementing audience-focused studies and evaluation
  • Applying cross-sector partnership development models and programs to meet shared vision for community improvement
  • Working with the community to create measures and gather information to understand project’s progress and impacts
  • Developing programs based on community priorities that provide greater accessibility and inclusion to underserved audiences and those with special needs
  • Planning for the management, care, and conservation of collections
  • Cataloging, inventorying, documenting, and registration of collections
  • Implementing and enhancing Collections Management Systems in a sustainable manner
  • Planning and initiating digitization activities, including creating digital tools, training, and platforms that allow expanded public access to and use of the museum’s collection and related information
  • Developing partnerships that address barriers to accessing museum collections and related information
  • Developing conservation surveys and assessments
  • Developing and executing conservation treatments
  • Rehousing collections
  • Planning and executing environmental improvements for museum collections storage and exhibit areas

Amount: A total of $924,000 is available to award approximately 15 grants that range from $5,000-$100,000 and average $67,000. 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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