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U.S. Department of State: Museums Connect

Deadline: January 4, 2016

The Museums Connect program strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the U.S. and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities. The program’s mission is to build global communities through cross-cultural exchanges while also supporting U.S. foreign policy goals, such as youth empowerment, environmental sustainability, and disability rights awareness. Through Museums Connect:

  • Communities in the U.S. and abroad develop a broader knowledge about and understanding of one another’s cultures
  • Museums and related arts and cultural organizations create replicable models for international collaborations that reach beyond their physical walls to directly engage members of their communities

Amount: Awards are between $50,000 – $100,000 and require a 50% cost-share match of direct or indirect expenses.

Eligibility: Non-profit museums of any size and discipline are eligible to participate but must:

  • Have been open to the public for at least two years
  • Have the institutional and financial capacity to complete the activities and create the outputs described in their proposal
  • Have at least one partner; US museums must partner with a non-US museum and vice versa

Past U.S. and non-U.S. recipients of a Museums Connect award may reapply if:

  • Two cycles have elapsed since the previous award
  • The proposed project is new and innovative rather than a continuation of the prior project
  • The proposal features a new museum partner; museums may not reapply with former partners
  • The project reaches new audiences and communities

U.S. Museums: Only U.S. museums or nonprofit organizations representing a coalition of museums may submit a proposal. The lead U.S. museum applies on behalf of itself as well as its non-U.S. museum partner(s); non-U.S. museums collaborate on developing all aspects of the proposal and submit necessary documents to the lead U.S. museum but do not apply directly to the program.

Participating museum staff members may come from any field of specialization; because of the importance of community building to the Museums Connect program, proposals that include outreach staff or community members as part of the project team are encouraged.

Link: http://www.aam-us.org/resources/global-partnerships/museumsconnect

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