Museums for America

The summary for the Museums for America grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Museums for America: The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. MFA grants support activities that strengthen museums as active resources for lifelong learning, as important institutions in the establishment of livable communities, and as good stewards of the nation’s collections. MFA grants can fund both new and ongoing museum activities and programs. Examples include planning, managing and conserving collections, improving public access, training, conducting programmatic research, school and public programming, producing exhibitions, and integrating new or upgraded technologies into your operations. There are three categories within the MFA program: Learning Experiences IMLS places the learner at the center and supports engaging experiences in museums that prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and our global society. Projects should provide high-quality, inclusive, accessible, and audience-focused learning opportunities; provide access to collections, information, and educational resources; encourage the use of technologies; and develop programs for specific segments of the public. Community Anchors IMLS promotes museums as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality. Projects should harness a museum’s expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, or other resources in order to address a specific need originating in the community. Museums may undertake the project alone or in partnership with one or more community organizations. Collections Stewardship IMLS supports exemplary stewardship of museum collections and promotes the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage. Projects should address high priority collections care or conservation issues. Note to applicants: The FY2014 Museums for America grant opportunity encompasses those types of proposals that were previously solicited through the Conservation Project Support program. IMLS maintains its commitment to collections care, conservation, and preservation, and encourages step-by-step, progressive approach to conservation.
Federal Grant Title: Museums for America
Federal Agency Name: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Grant Categories: Arts Humanities
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: MFA-FY14
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 45.301
CFDA Descriptions: Museums for America
Current Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2013
Original Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2013
Posted Date: Sep 16, 2013
Creation Date: Sep 16, 2013
Archive Date: Jan 1, 2014
Total Program Funding: $22,700,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $150,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $5,000
Expected Number of Awards: 200
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
To be eligible as a museum, you must:
be either a unit of State or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;

be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and

qualify as one of the following:

1. a museum that, using a professional staff,is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes; owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects; and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates.

2. a public or private nonprofit agency which is responsible for the operation of a museum may apply on behalf of the museum.

Please note that a museum located within a parent organization that is a State or local government or multipurpose not-for-profit entity, such as a municipality, university, historical society, foundation, or cultural center, may apply on its own behalf if the museum: (1) is able to independently fulfill all the eligibility requirements listed above; (2) functions as a discrete unit within the parent organization; (3) has its own fully segregated and itemized operating budget; and (4) has the authority to make the application on its own. When any of the last three conditions cannot be met, a museum may only apply through its parent organization.

IMLS may determine that a non-profit organization that is affiliated with a museum is eligible for this program where the organization can demonstrate that it has the ability to administer the project and can ensure compliance with the terms of these guidelines and the applicable law, including the Assurances and Certifications. The applicant organization must submit an agreement from the museum that details the activities that the applicant and museum will perform and binds the museum to the statements and assurances made in the grant application.

Link to Full Grant Announcement
Grant Announcement Contact
Learning Experiences: Helen Wechsler Supervisory Grants Management Specialist 202.653.4779 Sandra Narva Senior Program Officer 202.653.4634 Reagan Moore Museum Program Specialist 202.653.4637 Jennifer Rehkamp Museum Program Specialist 202-653-4781 Community Anchors or Collections Stewardship: Connie Bodner Supervisory Grants Management Specialist 202.653.4636 Mark Isaksen Senior Program Officer 202.653.4667 Steve Shwartzman Senior Program Officer 202.653.4641 Mark Feitl Museum Program Specialist 202.653.4635

Institute of Museum and Library Services 202-653-4629
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