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Collections Management Fund (CMF)

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Museums Alaska

Deadline Date:

12/08/17 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Alaska museums, cultural centers, and other nonprofits and government or tribal agencies that hold collections in public trust for activities that improve collections management. This program enables qualifying organizations to develop capacity in the area of collections conservation and management. Funding may be used for training, access to conservation materials and supplies, or to obtain professional expertise.

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

Supplies and Equipment:
Applicants may request funds for general collections management needs and specific project needs. Shipping costs are eligible grant expenses. Projects requiring larger equipment needs should first explore Rasmuson Foundation’s Tier 1 grant program. Emergency conservation projects will be given priority.

Applicants may request to support training of museum staff and community participants. Tuition or 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 costs of experts hired for specific projects and travel for Alaska museum staff to attend collections-related trainings elsewhere are eligible grant expenses. Projects with 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 local staff. Eligible expenses for contractors are limited to short-term projects, with preference for local hire. 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.

Preference will be given to organizations that are collaborative or cooperative in nature. 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 $10,000; typical grant awards will be from $3,000 - $5,000.

Term of Contract:

All grant-supported projects must be complete within six months 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
-Pass-throughs, re-granting, or other financial assistance to nonprofits
-Indirect costs

Pre-Application Information:

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

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed in November. Deadlines are March 31, September 30, and December 8, 2017 (11:59 PM). Applications must be submitted through the online form.

Contact Information:

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

To access the online application:

Museums Alaska
PO Box 80641
Fairbanks, AK 99708


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska