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Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Grants to USA Small Museums to Implement Projects in
Lifelong Learning, Civic Engagement, and Access to Collections

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Conf. Date:

09/18/19

Deadline Date:

11/15/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to USA and territories small museums to implement projects that further the organization's priorities and strategic plan. The grant program has the following goals and objectives: to inspire lifelong learning and literacy, to strengthen the capacity of museums, and to address access barriers to information and collections. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

There are three project categories within this special initiative. The project must align with one of them:

  • Lifelong Learning: IMLS supports the unique ability of museums to encourage exploration, analysis, and questioning for people of all ages and backgrounds and to foster discovery, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving.
  • Community Anchors and Catalysts: IMLS promotes the role of museums as essential partners in addressing the needs of their communities by leveraging their expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, and other resources. IMLS encourages applications for projects that empower museums to transform their roles in their communities from being community resources to being community anchors or catalysts. 
  • Collections Stewardship and Public Access: IMLS supports the role of museums of all types and sizes as trusted stewards of museum collections as the natural, cultural, artistic, historical, and scientific foundations of our shared heritage and knowledge. Through the careful and responsible management of collections and their associated documentation, museums facilitate access to information, ideas, and connections for people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.

A detailed description of these categories and examples of eligible projects can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-oms-igsm-nofo.pdf#page=5.">https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-oms-igsm-nofo.pdf#page=5.

IMLS invites applicants to consider whether their organization is a good fit for this special initiative for small museums. Applicants should think about a range of attributes that describe their organization, including, but not limited to:

  • Number of staff members and volunteers
  • Estimate of total person-hours worked per week;
  • Operating budget and sources of revenue;
  • Number and types of objects in the collection;
  • Size of facility and property;
  • Types and numbers of audiences served; and
  • Size relative to other organizations of the same discipline, or within the same geographic region.

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

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, 2022. Project activities may be carried out for up 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/fy20-oms-igsm-nofo.pdf#page=22.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to participate in a live webinar to learn more about the FY 2020 Inspire! Grants for Small Museums program.

Tuesday, September 18, 2019, 3 PM – 4 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-inspire-grants-small-museums

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.

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 grant program 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=319578

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

To view a pre-recorded webinar:
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.

For technical assistance with the application:
support@grants.gov
1-800-518-4726

Please contact the staff member listed under the category that best fits your project:

Lifelong Learning
Community Anchors and Catalysts
Reagan Moore, Museum Program Officer
rmoore@imls.gov
202-653-4637

Collections Stewardship and Public Access
Mark Feitl, Museum Program Officer
mfeitl@imls.gov
202-653-4635

Institute of Museum and Library Services
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000
Washington, D.C. 20024-2135

CFDA Number:

45.301

Funding or Pin Number:

IGSM - 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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