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Museums Connect: Building Global Communities

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Museums
to Promote Cross-Cultural Understanding

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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USA Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the American Alliance of Museums

LOI Date:

02/29/16

Deadline Date:

04/15/16

Description:

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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International museums to increase cultural connections and understanding between people through collaborative projects. Profiles are due by January 4, and LOIs are due by February 29 and March 10.

The goals of funding are to: (a) facilitate the development of a broader knowledge about, and understanding of, cultures in the USA and abroad; and (b) encourage museums and related arts and cultural organizations to create replicable models for international collaborations that reach beyond their physical walls to directly engage members of their communities.

Projects must be mutually beneficial, address critical issues and themes, and include community and museum staff travel between participating countries.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163850

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are offered on an annual basis (contingent on funding) in amounts between $50,000 and $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Activities and outputs should be achievable with the resources requested and within the award performance period, which lasts from August through July of the following year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit museums of any size and discipline are eligible to participate. To apply, museums must have been open to the public for at least two years.

The primary institution in each country must be a museum or cultural center/institution that functions in the capacity of a museum. In essence, this means that both institutions must have collections or exhibitions, or they must use/interpret objects and/or a site (e.g. a historical site) for the public presentation of regularly scheduled programs and exhibits.

In addition, museums must:
1. Have the institutional and financial capacity to complete the activities and create the outputs described in their proposal.
2. Have at least one partner. USA museums must partner with a non-USA museum and vice versa, and receive endorsement from the USA Embassy in the international museum's country (non-USA Museums only). Museums Connect facilitates the request for USA Embassy endorsement.

Previous recipients of a Museums Connect or Museums and Community Collaborations Abroad award may reapply if:
- Two cycles have elapsed since the previous award (e.g., 2012 awardees are next eligible to apply for the 2015 cycle).
- The proposed project is new and innovative rather than a continuation of the previous project.
- The proposal features a new museum partner. Museums may not reapply with previous partners.
- The project reaches new audiences and communities.

Restrictions:
No more than 15% of your Museums Connect budget can be used to cover salaries and benefits. In other words, if you are applying for $100,000, you may not request more than $15,000 for salaries and benefits combined. Remaining salary can count toward cost share.

NOT ELIGIBLE:
Museums Connect does not fund construction or projects focused primarily on staff/institutional development or capacity building, staff-to-staff exchange, traditional exhibit design or object exchange, or artist residencies.

Pre-Application Information:

-January 4, 2016: Museum profiles due.

-February 29, 2016: Statements of Intent to Propose from museums that do not have a partner are due.

-March 10, 2016: Statements of Intent to Propose from museums with established partnerships are due.

-April 15, 2016: Final applications are due.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to apply: http://www.aam-us.org/resources/global-partnerships/museumsconnect/apply

Click here to begin the online application: https://www.aam-us.org/login

Match Requirements:

Grants require a 50% cost-share match of direct or indirect expenses by the USA and international museums combined. There is no requirement regarding which institution bears responsibility for meeting cost share requirements - it is a matter of agreement between the museum partners.

This cost share can be made up of any combination of direct expenses (salaries/benefits, materials, supplies, in-kind facilities rental, for example) and indirect expenses if the USA museum has a federally negotiated indirect cost rate. Funds received from non-federal sources are also eligible to count toward cost share. Please contact Museums Connect if you desire additional guidance in this area.

Contact Information:

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

Email: museumsconnect@aam-us.org

Museums Connect
American Alliance of Museums
2451 Crystal Drive
Suite 1005
Arlington, VA 22202

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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)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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