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The current grant application guidelines are not yet available.  They will be made available 60-90 days before the program deadline. Until then, last year’s guidelines are available as a reference.

Access FY 2014 Grant Program Guidelines Online

Read more about the Museums for America program on the IMLS website.

 

Deadline: December 01, 2014
Grant Amount: $5,000–$150,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: 1:1 for proposals requesting more than $25,000. No cost share required for proposals requesting $5,000-$25,000.
 
Program Overview:

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.

 
Eligibility:

Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply.
 

Program Contacts:
If you have questions, please contact any of the staff listed under the category that best fits your project.

Learning Experiences

Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
hwechsler@imls.gov
202.653.4779

Sandra Narva, Senior Program Officer
snarva@imls.gov
202.653.4634

Jill Connors-Joyner, Museum Program Specialist 
jconnors-joyner@imls.gov
202.653.4791

Reagan Moore, Museum Program Specialist
rmoore@imls.gov
202.653.4637

Mary Sellers, Museum Program Specialist
msellers@imls.gov
202.653.4689

Community Anchors or Collections Stewardship

Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
cbodner@imls.gov
202.653.4636

Mark Isaksen, Senior Program Officer
misaksen@imls.gov
202.653.4667

Steve Shwartzman, Senior Program Officer
sshwartzman@imls.gov
202.653.4641

Sarah Glass, Museum Program Specialist
sglass@imls.gov
202.653.4652

Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist
mfeitl@imls.gov
202.653.4635

 

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