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Museum Advancement Grant

Grants to Assist, Support and Challenge Museums

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Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)

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Grants are available for non-profits and local governments in order to benefit historical and cultural museums. Encouraging excellence within museums regardless of staff or budget size and building institutional capacity to ensure that museums follow best practices across the State is a priority of the program.

There are three grant categories:
• Assessment and Planning Grant - To assist museums in planning activities; institutional long range plans take priority.
This funding will be limited to $5,000 and applicants will be required to show how this support will assist them in the following areas of museum practice: (a) strategic planning, (b) participation in outside professional assessment (see glossary), (c) professional development of staff (including volunteers), (d) board development, (e) upgrading of museum infrastructure (f) improving institutional capacity. The Museum Panel places a priority on strategic planning. Museum Planning and Assessment applicants will not be required to complete the Cultural Data Project Profile, nor are matching funds required, however, they will make an application more competitive.

• Project Challenge Grant - To support projects relating to all elements of museum practice that reflect museum planning.
Applicants must define a specific project with discrete activities and outcomes. A dollar for dollar match of funds is required. See application for specific matching requirements. Applicants must file a Cultural Data Funder Report with the application. Funding is up to $15,000.

• Enhancement Grant - To challenge well-established institutions to pursue initiatives that emerge from museum planning.
Funding will support museum activities including: Research related to collections, exhibits, or other educational activities; Care, conservation, documentation, and interpretation of collections; Planning, design, and construction of exhibits and displays; Design and implementation of educational programs and activities; Development of master plans for the museum, including activities required to achieve accreditation by the American Association of Museums or other pertinent entity that provides museum accreditation; Construction of minor structural modifications; Development of plans and specifications and provision of architectural, engineering, or other special services directly related to the construction or rehabilitation of museum facilities.

Funding may be up to 5% of the museum's annual budget. Enhancement Grants DO NOT require matching funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 124215

Estimated Size of Grant:

$5,000, $15,000 or up to 5% of annual budget depending on grant type

Term of Contract:

1 Year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations or a local government may apply for the benefit of a museum which meets the eligibility requirements. (see below)
Nonprofit organizations (or the benefiting museum) must be tax-exempt.

Must have been in existence as a non-profit institution organized and operated on a nonprofit basis and open to the public for at least three (3) years prior to the date of the application.
Must be located in Maryland.
Must be organized for essentially educational or preservation purposes.
Must own or utilize tangible, inanimate objects.
Must be organized for the care of those objects.
Must exhibit tangible, inanimate objects to the public on a regular schedule.
Must interpret the State's cultural heritage or the State's history, natural history, or history of science and technology.
May NOT be receiving operating support from the Maryland Arts Council concurrently with this grant.
May NOT be operated by the State of Maryland.
May NOT be operated in whole or in part by a department or agency of the federal government.

Additional Museum Eligibility Requirements for Enhancement Grants
1. At least one paid staff member (1 FTE okay)
2. Current board approved Long Range Plan
3. Fifty percent non-state financial support
4. Participant in assessment program from professional organization

Pre-Application Information:

Matching required for Project Challenge Grants.

Applicants for Project Challenge Grants need to complete a Cultural Data Profile through the Maryland CDP Web site

Special priority will be given to projects:
1. located within state certified Priority Funding Areas (PFAs) or to those projects located outside of PFAs that will result in the protection of significant historical and cultural resources and the conservation of an area’s rural landscape and character.
2. that contribute to the economic vitality of existing communities and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders.

In order to determine whether your site is located within or outside of a PFA, go to PFA On-line Mapping at:

Contact Information:

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

Mary Alexander
phone: 410-514-7622

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland