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Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff

Grants to USA Nonprofit and Agencies for Museum
Staff Development and Capacity Building

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Museums for America (MFA)

Conf. Date:

09/20/19

Deadline Date:

11/15/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants starting at $5,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and agencies for professional development of museum staff. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to improve the ability of a museum to serve the public through professional development activities that cross-cut various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.

As centers of innovation and discovery, as well as catalysts of community revitalization, museums are at the forefront of change in our communities. Like any other institution, museums need to remain dynamic to respond to fast-evolving technological advances and changing demographics. Museums also need to generate and share outcomes-based data and demonstrate results of their community impact efforts. In addition, they need to develop sustainable organizational structures and strategies for continued growth and vitality. Professional development is critical for museums to deliver on these areas of need.

IMLS encourages applicants to invest in the professional development of museum staff, leadership, and volunteers to enhance their skills and ensure the highest standards in all aspects of museum operations. This includes, but is not limited to, creating opportunities to encourage a more inclusive and diverse museum professional and volunteer workforce, and building the skills of museum staff at all levels with emphasis on the development of the next generation of museum professionals.

To support and empower museums of all sizes and disciplines in responding to the evolving needs of the museum profession and changes in their communities, this MFA special initiative has four project categories for professional development:

  • Digital Technology: For museum staff to fully explore, understand, adopt, and optimize the use of digital technology in museums
  • Diversity and Inclusion: For museum staff to develop cultural competency and support museum relevancy in their communities
  • Evaluation: To expand museum staff’s capacity in conducting formative and summative evaluation of programs, practices, and products that can help the museum yield indicators and measurable outcomes
  • Organizational Management: For museum staff to learn best practices in organizational management, strategic thinking, innovation, and managing change

Potential projects will address one of these four project categories and help strengthen the ability of an individual museum to better serve its public. Projects will utilize comprehensive strategies and frameworks to support professional development. Projects should cross-cut various departments and result in systemic change within the museum.

Special interests can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-oms-me-nofo.pdf#page=4.

A detailed description of the project categories can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-oms-me-nofo.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180756

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 13

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $250,000
- Award Floor: $5,000

Term of Contract:

- Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on September 1, 2020.
- Anticipated period of performance: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2023. Project activities may be carried out for one to three 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/fy20-oms-me-nofo.pdf#page=25.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to participate in a live webinar to learn more about the FY 2020 Museums Empowered program.

Friday, September 20, 2019, 2 PM – 3 PM EST
Participant call-in number: 866-299-7945
Participant PIN: 5680404#

For more information and to join the webinar:
https://www.imls.gov/webinars/fy-2020-museums-empowered

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Due Date: Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 15, 2019.
- Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: August 2020 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)
- Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on September 1, 2020.

For the Museums Empowered initiative, at least 1:1 cost share from non-federal sources is required.

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 at several weeks 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=319557

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

A pre-recorded webinar can be viewed at:
https://youtu.be/tMGrkeBrYSc

Contact Information:

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

Mark Isaksen, Senior Program Officer
202-653-4667
misaksen@imls.gov

Jill Connors-Joyner Museum Program Specialist
202-653-4791
jconnors-joyner@imls.gov

CFDA Number:

45.301

Funding or Pin Number:

ME-FY20

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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