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Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Grants to USA Tribes and Nonprofits Serving Native
Hawaiians for Culture and Heritage Preservation

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12/01/17 11:59 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 to USA Indian tribes and nonprofit organizations serving Native Hawaiians for projects that sustain culture, knowledge, and heritage. Possible activities include exhibitions, professional development, educational programming and services, and collections stewardship.

Indicators (characteristics) of successful projects in the Native American/Native Hawaiian Program are as follows:
-Institutional Impact: The project addresses an identified need or challenge facing an organization.
-In-depth Knowledge: The project design reflects a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter.
-Project-based Design: The work plan consists of a set of logical, interrelated activities tied directly to addressing the key need or challenge identified in the application.
-Demonstrable Results: The project generates measurable results that tie directly to the need or challenge it was designed to address.

There are no project categories in the NANH program. You may apply for projects including, but not limited to, the following activities:

-Interpretive and educational programs, product development, and delivery
-Exhibition development, design, and fabrication (non-construction)
-Digital media development, design, and delivery
-Design and printing of educational resources including training manuals, toolkits, and curricula that support educational programs and exhibitions
-Training for staff, volunteers, interns, and community members in museum practice and digital literacy
-Internships by community youth in museum and cultural preservation and interpretation practices
-Forums for community dialogue and civic engagement
-Developing collection plans, interpretive plans, or strategic plans using consultants, researchers, and other sources of professional expertise
-Needs assessments and community outreach planning activities which may include utilizing an expert consultant
-Audience research and evaluation, including utilizing an evaluation consultant to help develop achievable performance goals and measurable outcomes
-Creating environments for community learning and discovery
-Collections management, care, and conservation
-Cataloging, inventorying, documentation, and registration of collections
-Rehousing collections and environmental improvements (non-construction) for museum collections storage and exhibit areas
-Digitization of collections designed to enhance outreach, expand access, or improve collections management
-Installing, migrating to, and upgrading collections databases to improve collections management, collections-related information, and/or to facilitate access and discovery

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GrantWatch ID#: 162643

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Anticipated Number of Awards: 14

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Expected amounts of individual awards: $5,000 - $75,000

Average amount of funding per award experienced in previous years: $44,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated period of performance is August 2018 - September 2020. Project activities may be carried out for up to two years.

The beginning date of the period of performance is not earlier than August 1, 2018. Projects must begin on August 1, September 1, or October 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an award under this NANH notice of funding opportunity, you must be:
-An Indian tribe
-An organization that primarily serves and represents Native Hawaiians

For the purpose of funding under this program, “Indian tribe” means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)), which is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A list of eligible entities is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

For purposes of funding under this program, an “organization that primarily serves and represents Native Hawaiians” is any nonprofit organization that primarily serves and represents Native Hawaiians, as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 7517. In order for a museum to be eligible, it must demonstrate that it is established as an organization that meets this statutory eligibility criteria.

IMLS recognizes the potential for valuable contributions to the overall goals of the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program by entities that do not meet the eligibility requirements above. Although such entities may not serve as the lead applicant organization, they are encouraged to participate in projects as partners. Such entities may, for example, assist the lead applicant with project activities.

Federally operated libraries and museums may not apply for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants, but they may serve as nonessential partners to applicants if they do not receive IMLS grant funds as a result of the project.

Please note that federally appropriated funds, whether they are disbursed directly to you by an agency of the federal government or indirectly through another organization, do not count toward your cost share, if any. Contact program staff before submitting an application involving a federal agency or federal collection.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to view two pre-recorded webinars:

FY18 Choosing a Funding Opportunity - It is recommend that you view this presentation before participating in a program-specific webinar:

FY18 IMLS Forms - This webinar provides detailed tips on completing required forms for all grant programs:

Applicants may also access the recording of the October 18, 2017 webinar to learn more about the FY18 Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program:

Pre-Application Information:

Cost sharing is encouraged but not required for the NANH program, and will not be considered in the evaluation.

Submit through by 11:59 PM, U.S. Eastern Time on December 1, 2017.

The anticipated date of notification is July 2018 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)

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Contact Information:

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

Sandra Narva, Senior Program Officer

Kelsey Monahan, Museum Program Specialist

Agency Location
955 L’Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000
Washington, D.C. 20024-2135

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