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: Museums for America grants support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.
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-FY16
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 45.301
CFDA Descriptions: Museums for America
Current Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2015
Original Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2015
Posted Date: Sep 15, 2015
Creation Date: Sep 15, 2015
Archive Date: Dec 31, 2015
Total Program Funding: $21,457,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $150,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $5,000
Expected Number of Awards: 195
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 for an award under the MFA program, you must be an organization that meets all three of the following criteria:

You must be either a unit of State or local government or be a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;
You must be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and
You must qualify as one of the following:

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.

What types of institutions are included in the term “museum”?
If they otherwise meet these requirements, museums include, but are not limited to, aquariums, arboretums, art museums, botanical gardens, children’s/youth museums, general museums (those having two or more significant disciplines), historic houses/sites, history museums, natural history/anthropology museums, nature centers, planetariums, science/technology centers, specialized museums (limited to a single distinct subject), and zoological parks.

What does it mean to be using a professional staff?
An institution uses a professional staff if it employs at least one staff member, or the full-time equivalent, whether paid or unpaid, primarily engaged in the acquisition, care, or exhibition to the public of objects owned or used by the institution.

What does it mean to exhibit the objects to the general public?
An institution exhibits objects to the general public if such exhibition is a primary purpose of the institution. An institution that exhibits objects to the general public for at least 120 days a year is deemed to exhibit objects to the general public on a regular basis.

An institution which does not have the exhibition of objects as a primary purpose and/or does not exhibit objects to the public for at least 120 days a year may be determined to be eligible as a museum under certain circumstances. For more information, please see 45 CFR §1180.2(d).

A public or private nonprofit agency which is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets the eligibility criteria may apply on behalf of the museum.

Note to applicants: In order to receive an IMLS award, you must be in compliance with applicable requirements and be in good standing on all active IMLS awards.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Grant Announcement Contact
Learning Experiences: Sandra Narva Senior Program Officer 202-653-4634 Reagan Moore Museum Program Specialist 202-653-4637 Community Anchors: Steve Shwartzman Senior Program Officer 202-653-4641 Jill Connors-Joyner Museum Program Specialist 202-653-4791 Collections Stewardship: Connie Bodner Supervisory Grants Management Specialist 202-653-4636 Mark Feitl Museum Program Specialist 202-653-4635

Institute of Museum and Library Services 202-653-4744
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