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Institute of Museum and Library Services Invites Applications for African American History and Culture Museum Grant Program

Deadline: January 17, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museum Grants for African American History and Culture are intended to enhance institutional capacity and sustainability through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other tools.

Successful proposals will focus on one or more of three goals: developing or strengthening the knowledge, skills, and other expertise of current staff at African American museums; attracting and retaining professionals with the skills needed to strengthen African American museums; and attracting new staff to African American museum practice and providing them with the expertise needed to sustain them in the museum field.

Examples of some of the types of activities that can be funded include staff mentoring, education, training, or other strategies that increase the skills needed to improve African American museum services; attendance at museum conferences and other professional meetings; enrollment in courses or workshops; technical assistance or consultation with museum or business professionals from outside the institution; and organizational support for the development and implementation of internship and fellowship programs.

To be eligible, applicants must be either a unit of state or local government or a private tax-exempt nonprofit organization; be located in one of the fifty states of the United States, 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. Applicants must qualify as one of the following: a museum whose primary purpose is African American life, art, history, and/or culture; a museum service organization or association whose primary purpose is to support museums with a primary purpose of African American life, art, history, and/or culture; or a historically black college or university.

Grants range from $5,000 to $150,000 and must be matched with funds from non-federal sources on at least a 1:1 basis. Generally, funded project activities may be carried out for up to two years.

Visit the IMLS Web site for complete program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

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