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Grants to California Museums for Creative & Innovative Environmental Projects

Green Museums Initiative's IGNITE! Mini-Grant

California Association of Museums

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #146798

Grant Description

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Grants of $2,000 each to two California museums that are working to creatively address significant environmental issues. These grants are intended to provide seed money to support an innovative museum project that will: embody principles of sustainability and resiliency; be environmentally sound and economically beneficial; address an environmental challenge and seek to provide a local solution; demonstrate systems thinking and approaches to problem solving that result in, or proceed towards, institutional change; be related to the greening of museum operations or programming, engaging the community or adopting new approaches to institutional thinking and planning; and challenge assumptions about what it means to be “green.”

The mini-grants are an extension of the Green Museum Initiative's belief that museums are catalysts for environmental sustainability. Collaboration among partners is encouraged. Community engagement is also important to successful projects.

Projects that focus on the local or regional ecology are preferred.

Funds may be used towards hard costs for the project and/or personnel time for deep thinking and planning.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All types of museums are invited to submit applications, including zoos, aquariums, science centers, children’s museums, art museums, botanical gardens, and historical societies.

Each museum that enters must be located in California and be a legally organized non-profit organization or government entity.

Pre-Application Information:

Grantee Obligations:
- Grantees must agree to write two blog posts for the CA Museum Community Online (one mid-project, one final) at:
- Grantees must also agree to submit a two to three page final project report to CAM.

Please Note: No entry fee is required to apply.

For detailed instructions on how to apply, click on the URL for Full Text (RFP) link below and scroll down to the "Application" section. The PDF version of the application form and the scoring rubric are attached below.

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Term of Contract:

Projects supported by grant funds must be initiated and completed within one year of the mini-grant, and all grant funds must be expended during that time period (December 2014 - December 2015).

Contact Information:

Celeste DeWald, Executive Director
Phone: 831/471-9970 x102
Fax: 831/471-9381

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1455
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1455

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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

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