Preservation Assistance Grants
Deadline: May 2, 2017
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions - such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities - improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Deadline: December 5, 2017
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.
Conservation Assessment Program
Deadline: March 1, 2017
The Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and Heritage Preservation. Through CAP, professional conservators identify conservation priorities by spending two days at your location and three days writing a report about your museum's collection, environmental conditions, and site. The report can help your museum develop strategies for improving collections care and provide a tool for long-range planning and fund-raising.
CAP offers a maximum of two assessors per institution. Most museums are provided a conservator to assess the museum's collections. If you have an historic structure (a building more than 50 years old), you may also qualify for a historic structure assessment. Zoos, aquariums, nature centers, botanical gardens, and arboreta can be provided a zoologist, botanist, or horticulturalist to assess living collections. For more information, visit Heritage Preservation.
Museum Assessment Program
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums. It is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future.
A MAP assessment requires members of the museum staff and governing authority to complete a self-study. After completion of the self-study, a site visit is conducted by one or more museum professionals, who tour the museum and meet with staff, governing officials, and volunteers. The surveyors work with the museum and MAP staff to produce a report evaluating the museum's operations, making recommendations, and suggesting resources.
There are three types of MAP assessments:
- Organizational/Institutional Assessment
- Collections Stewardship/Collections Management Assessment
- Community Engagement/Public Dimension Assessment
Museums for America
The goal of the Museums for America (MFA) program is to strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance its mission, plans, and strategic goals and objectives.
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.
Grants are awarded in the following categories:
- Learning Experiences
- Community Anchors
- Collections Stewardship