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Grants to Utah Museums to Improve the Care and Management of Collections

Small Museum Project Grant


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Funding Source
Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Utah

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/30/23 5:00 PM MST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $2,500 to Utah museums to enhance collections management and care, increase museum access, and support the development of exhibitions and resources. Applicants are required to consult with staff and register in the grant portal prior to applying. Previously supported projects include cataloging, collections care, exhibit planning and fabrication, interpretive materials, educational outreach programs, building improvements that enhance collections care, and temporary staff to carry out the proposed project.

The purpose of the Small Museum Project Grant is to help support primarily small museums by encouraging the use of the best accepted industry practices in the preservation and management of collections, developing quality exhibitions and educational resources, and fostering public access to museums.

Eligible Projects:

  • Conservation of objects
  • Consultation and staffing to develop core documents
  • Materials and supplies relevant to the preservation of collections
  • Help and/or consultation with collections care and management
  • Professional development training for staff/volunteers
  • Structural repairs to buildings: building modifications for collections preservation purposes or building maintenance projects that directly affect the long-term care of the collections are allowed


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Utah-based Museums that:
- Have been open to the public for at least one year prior to application
- Have completed a final report for any previously received funds from Utah Arts & Museums
- Have not received General Operating Support funding in the most recent round (FY24/FY25) or the FY23 Arts & Museums Project grant.

Ineligible Projects:
- Historical markers, monuments, or plaques
- Endowments
- Acquisition of objects for a collection
- Lobbying expenses
- New capital projects
- Deficits
- Hospitality (food/drinks)
- Out-of-state travel
- Other items may be deemed ineligible due to impact on collections care or other factors. If you have a question about a project, please contact the Museum Services Manager prior to submitting your application.

Additional eligibility policies can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
There will be two grant application trainings/Q&A sessions. Register to attend on May 25th, 11am-12pm or register to attend June 13th from 10am-11am.


Pre-Application Information
- Conversation with Museum Field Services Staff (required): Between May - June, 2023
- Grant Opens: Thursday, June 1, 2023
- Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
- Funding Notification: Late August 2023
- Payment Disbursed: After receipt of signed contract

You will need a portal account to access the grant applications. If you do not have one, please submit a new user request through the portal or contact the grants staff. Creation of an account can take up to two days.

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

Estimated Size of Grant
Requests $500 to $2,500

Term of Contract
This grant is for projects that occur between September 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Set up an appointment to meet with Emily Johnson to discuss your grant. Sign up for an appointment here:

Direct questions to:
Laurel Cannon Alder
Grants Manager

For help with the online grant portal or other technical issues, contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager ·

Racquel Cornali
Grants Coordinator

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