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Collections Management Fund (CMF)

Grants to Alaska Museums, Nonprofits, and Agencies for
Preservation Assistance and Collections Management

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Foundation / Corporation

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Museums Alaska

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alaska museums, cultural centers, and other nonprofits, as well as government or tribal agencies that hold collections in public trust. Funding is intended for activities that improve collections management. Priority is given to collaborative projects and to emergency conservation projects.

A single application for collections management funds may incorporate activities in one or more of the following categories:

Collections Care Projects

Applicants may request funds for general collections management needs and specific projects. These projects can include requests for the supplies, equipment, and temporary staff needed to support inventory, labeling, rehousing, digitization, conservation, data management, or security projects, or any other work that directly improved the care of museum objects.

Projects may also involve the development of exhibits, if the proposed work is directly tied to providing a safe environment for object display (e.g. appropriate mounts, cases, security measures, conservation friendly materials, etc.). Grant funds may not be used to pay for exhibit work or items not directly related to
object care (e.g. the production of exhibit panels or label). Applicants considering a request for exhibit support are encouraged to speak with the Project Administrator before applying.

Shipping costs for supplies and equipment are eligible grant expenses.

While salary costs for permanent staff members may not be charged to a CMF grant, applicants can request funding to support a collections assistant to work on a well-defined project.

Supplies for emergency conservation projects will be given priority.

Projects requiring large equipment should explore Rasmuson Foundation’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 grant program.


Applicants may request support for the training of museum staff and community participants. Tuition and workshop fees for training events are eligible for funding, as well as associated training costs for providing a local training event for staff and community participants. Travel expenses that support transportation,
lodging, and food expenses for experts or for Alaska museum staff to attend collections-related trainings elsewhere are eligible grant expenses. Projects with an emphasis on training staff or community members who can then pass on knowledge (i.e., “train the trainers”) are encouraged.

Professional Services

Applicants may request support for specific projects, including contract hiring of conservators, registrars, collections managers, etc. who can provide expertise or services beyond the capacity of staff. Eligible expenses for contractors are limited to short-term projects, and local hiring is encouraged where appropriate to the project. When hiring an expert from outside Alaska, institutions are encouraged to communicate to share expert services among communities. Museums Alaska reserves the right to group like requests into a coordinated tour by a visiting professional.

Projects that are collaborative or cooperative in nature, that benefit multiple Alaskan collecting organizations, are encouraged. Emergency conservation projects will be given priority (following a natural disaster, for example).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173520

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts will be awarded up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

All grant-supported projects must be complete within two years of receipt of grant funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center. Small, rural-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Individuals, for-profit, and 501(c)(4) or (c)(6) organizations and non-Alaska-based organizations are not eligible for grant funding.

Ineligible uses include:
- Reimbursement of pre-award costs
- Salary of permanent staff positions
- Construction
- Pass-throughs, re-granting, or other financial assistance to nonprofits
- Indirect costs
- Fundraising projects
- Exhibit expenses not directly related to the care or management of museum objects

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines: March 31 and September 30.

Applications will be reviewed in November.

Matching funds are encouraged but not required. Price quotes, estimates, and bids for contracted services and/or significant purchases are highly recommended.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Please direct all inquiries to:
Executive Director
Museums Alaska

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska