Foundation / Corporation
American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
In-kind grants valued at up to $6,000 to USA and territories medium and small-sized nonprofit and government museums to evaluate and improve operations and prepare for the future. Funding is intended to support museums through institutional activities, self-assessment, and consultative peer review with a site visit and recommendations.
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) program offers five different assessments:
This basic strategic and holistic assessment helps a museum look at its operations primarily from the perspective of how well activities, resources, and mission align with each other, and with professional ethics, practices, and standards.
Collections Stewardship Assessment:
This assessment focuses on practical, ethical, and strategic collections issues and activities related to the care and management of a museum’s collections per professional practices and standards. It also looks at the collections within the context of the museum’s total operations, plans, and resource allocation.
Education and Interpretation Assessment:
This assessment helps a museum evaluate how well it is carrying out its educational role and mission, meeting core standards for education and interpretation. In addition to looking at the museum’s current content delivery vehicles such as its exhibitions, tours, and programs, the Education and Interpretation Assessment considers these in context with the museum’s community, audiences, and other aspects of operations so the museum can be responsive, relevant, and trusted source of learning and educational partner in its larger education ecosystem.
Community and Audience Engagement Assessment:
This assessment focuses on the museum’s awareness and understanding of, and relationship with, its various communities and audiences; and their perception of, and experience with, the museum. It looks at what roles the museum plays in its community and vice versa. And it helps the museum look at its culture and actions when it comes to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion—all of which impact its long-term financial sustainability.
Board Leadership Assessment:
This advanced assessment is for private non-profit museums with policy-making boards and paid staff which are looking for guidance on how to strengthen their institution and ensure its long-term success through more effective leadership-oriented governance.
Detailed information about the assessment types can be found at https://www.aam-us.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/FINAL-MAP-PDF-Sample-Application-2020-w-OMB-Number.pdf#page=5.
GrantWatch ID#: 163856
Your MAP participation includes the following materials and services, valued at approximately $4,000 - $6,000*:
- MAP Self-Study Materials: Workbook and Activities
- Access to an online MAP Portal with customized presentations, activities, and resources to help you through each step of the MAP experience
- Assessment Report: a written report of the Peer Reviewer’s findings and recommendations, with prioritized next steps and resources
- The time, expertise, and travel expenses (transportation, meals, incidentals, lodging) for one Peer Reviewer to visit your museum for one to three days and offer guidance and consultation on site
- Peer Reviewer's honorarium
- A dedicated MAP Program Officer for support, guidance, and feedback
* Please note: Your museum's MAP participation is IMLS funded but is not a grant given to your institution. AAM receives grant funding from IMLS to deliver this comprehensive program and service to your museum. AAM does not disperse any money to your museum.
The program is a one-year process.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application form: https://form.jotform.com/202615818815155
Direct questions to email@example.com or to 202.289.9118.
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