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Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Grants to USA Agencies and Nonprofits
to Support Museum Project Implementation

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Deadline Date:

11/16/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and territories agencies and nonprofit organizations to encourage museums to empower individuals through learning, assess and address community needs, and enhance collection care and access. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. IMLS invites applications that focus on providing rich learning experiences for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances; supporting partnerships aimed at assessing and addressing the needs of their communities; strengthening the role of museums as trusted stewards of the collections in their care; and/or expanding access to collections and associated resources. Inspire! has three project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning: IMLS supports the ability of museums to empower people of all ages and backgrounds through experiential and cross-disciplinary learning and discovery
  • Community Anchors: IMLS promotes the role of museums as essential partners in addressing the needs of their communities by leveraging their expertise, knowledge, physical space, collections, technology, and other resources to identify and implement solutions.
  • Collections Stewardship and Access: IMLS supports the role of museums as trusted stewards of museum collections as the natural, cultural, artistic, historical, and scientific foundations of shared heritage and knowledge. 

For further information on project categories, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-oms-igsm-nofo.pdf#page=4.

For examples of allowable costs, see  https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-oms-igsm-nofo.pdf#page=19.

Indicators (characteristics) of successful projects in the Inspire! Grants for Small Museums special initiative are as follows:

  • Institutional Impact: The project addresses a key goal identified in the institution’s strategic plan.
  • In-depth Knowledge: The project design reflects a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter.
  • Project-based Design: The work plan consists of a set of logical, interrelated activities tied directly to addressing the key need or challenge identified in the application.
  • Demonstrable Results: The project generates measurable results that tie directly to the need or challenge it was designed to address.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184387

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants:

Anticipated number of awards: 25

Estimated Size of Grant:

Expected amount of individual awards: $5,000 - $50,000

Average amount of funding per award experienced in previous years: $35,000

Term of Contract:

Anticipated start dates for new awards Projects must begin on September 1, 2021.

Anticipated period of performance September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022 or August 31, 2023. Project activities may be carried out for one to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an award under this Notice of Funding Opportunity, you must be an organization that meets all three of the following criteria:

1. You must be either a unit of State, local, or tribal government or be a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;

2. 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

3. You must qualify as one of the following:

(a) A museum that, using a professional staff, is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational, cultural heritage, 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.

(b) A public or private nonprofit agency that is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets the eligibility criteria in 1, 2, and 3(a), applying on behalf of the museum.

IMLS may determine that a nonprofit organization that is affiliated with a museum is eligible for this initiative where the organization can demonstrate that it has the ability to administer the project and can ensure compliance with the terms of this Notice of Funding Opportunity and the applicable law, including the IMLS 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.

Native American tribal organizations may apply if they otherwise meet the above eligibility requirements.

Ineligible expenses can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-oms-igsm-nofo.pdf#page=19.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Due Date: Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 16, 2020.
- Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: August 2021 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)
- Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on September 1, 2021.

Cost-sharing is encouraged but not required for this initiative, and will not be considered in the evaluation.

There is no limit to the number of applications your museum may submit under this announcement.

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® number (a unique entity identifier), System for Award Management (SAM.gov) registration, and Grants.gov registration. Check your materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

You must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting your application package. The multi-step registration process generally cannot be completed in a single day. If you are not already registered, you should allow several weeks before the application deadline to complete this one-time process. Do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register.

You will need your Grants.gov user ID and password that you obtain during the registration process to submit your application when it is complete.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328712
Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/bhU7sSTRNuk
Webinar Information: https://www.imls.gov/webinars/fy-2021-applicant-webinar-inspire-grants-small-museums

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors, Collections Stewardship and Access:
Reagan Moore
Senior Museum Program Officer
rmoore@imls.gov

Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors:
Ashley Jones
Museum Program Specialist
ajones@imls.gov

Collections Stewardship and Access:
Laura Zamarripa
Museum Program Specialist
lzamarripa@imls.gov

imls-museumgrants@imls.gov

Institute of Museum and Library Services
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CFDA Number:

45.301

Funding or Pin Number:

IGSM-FY21

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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