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Small Museum Project Grant

Grants to Utah Museums to Improve
Care and Management of Collections

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Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UA&M)

Deadline Date:

03/22/19 5:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Utah museums to enhance collections management and care, increase museum access, and support the development of exhibitions and resources. Previously supported projects include cataloging, collections care, exhibit planning and fabrication, digitization, interpretive materials, educational outreach programs, building improvements that enhance collections care, and temporary staff to carry out the proposed project.

Eligible Projects (not all-inclusive):
- Conservation of objects
- Help with collections care/management
- Professional development training for staff/volunteers
- Structural repairs to buildings

Requests for items such as computer hardware or structural building modifications will receive additional scrutiny so applicants should make a convincing case for those projects, and should contact a member of the museum services staff prior to writing your application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166330

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000

Term of Contract:

This grant is for projects that occur between July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Utah Certified Museums who are classified as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization or government agency are eligible to apply.

Eligible applicants:
- Museums that have been open to the public for at least one year prior to application
- Applicants that have Certified Utah Museum status with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (For information on the certification process:
- Museums that have completed a final report for funds awarded in FY18 (if applicable)

Not Funded:
- Historical markers, monuments, or plaques
- Endowments
- Acquisition of objects for a collection
- Lobbying expenses
- New capital projects (building modifications for collections care purposes or building maintenance projects that directly affect the long term care of your collections are allowed. If you have questions regarding building, please contact the Museum Services Manager.)
- Deficits
- Hospitality
- Out-of-state travel

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Grant Opens: February 1, 2019
- Deadline: March 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM
- Pre-Review Feedback: April 26, 2019
- Application Re-Submission: May 24, 2019
- Panel Review: Summer 2019
- Funding Notification: After July 1, 2019
- Payment Disbursed: After August 1, 2019

All applications must be submitted online through the grant application portal. If you do not currently have access to the portal, it can take up to two days to get a portal account, so plan accordingly.

Applications will be pre-reviewed by members of the Office of Museums Services Board. Applicants should expect to receive feedback on their grant applications by April 26, 2019. Applicants will then have the opportunity to revise their applications based on the feedback they receive. Applicants are not required to revise their applications. If you choose to revise, you will need to re-submit your application by May 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM in order to be considered for funding.

All museum grants require a 1:1 match. Project grants can be matched with cash funds or a combination of cash funds and in-kind services for a minimum 1:1 match (50% or more cash and up to 50% in-kind).

All applicants must have a DUNS number.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Services Manager

Emily Johnson, Museum Services Specialist

Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager

Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Utah