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Museum General Operating Support (GOS) Grants

Grants to Utah Museums and IHEs to
Support General Museum Operations

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Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UDAM)

Deadline Date:

01/26/18 5:00 PM MST


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $12,000 to Utah museums and IHEs to support general museum operations. The purpose of this program is to support museums through promoting best practices in the management and care of collections, increasing public access, and promoting the development of educational resources and quality exhibitions.

General operating support funds may be used to support daily museum needs such as utility costs, staff salaries, consultants, etc., or more generally to complete a project.

This is a competitive, panel-reviewed grant. The merit-based review may result in an application not being funded, or receiving less than full funding. Funding is not based on previous awards.

What this Program Funds:
-Program support
-Staff or intern salaries
-Consultant fees
-Professional development training
-Purchase of materials/equipment needed for conservation, storage, or exhibition of collections
-Specific activities directly related to the general function of the museum
-Historic building maintenance
-Utility costs

*This list is not comprehensive of all eligible projects, please contact the Museum Services Manager for more information.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177637

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests may range from $2,000 to $12,000.

Museum Tier I Request: Up to $12,000 (for museums with operating budgets greater than $300,000)

Museum Tier II Request: Up to $8,000 (for museums with operating budgets less than $300,000)

Term of Contract:

Organizations are not guaranteed funding from one year to the next.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Apply:
-Museums open to the public for at least one year prior to application
-Museums that have received at least two years of museum funding from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums since 2012 (the two years do not need to be consecutive)
-Museums with current Certified Utah Museum status with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
-Museums that are open more than 1,000 hours annually (average more than 20 hours per week)
-Museums that have completed a final report for funds awarded in FY17

Universities, colleges, and educational institutions are eligible to apply when:
-All events and services, for which grant funding is sought, are open to the general public and easily accessible. The public (meaning those outside the institution) must compose a significant percentage of those involved in or served by the proposed programming.
-Events and services are supplementary to regular curriculum. Grant funds cannot be used to support projects involving classes or workshops for which college credit is given.
-Overhead expenses must follow the federal funding guidelines set by the Federal Office of Management and Budget.
-Academic awards, fellowships, or tuition fees for student work are not allowed.

All applicants that identify as organizations are required to have a DUNS number,

Not Funded:
-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 museum collections are allowed. You are encouraged to contact the Museum Services Manager regarding building modifications prior to submitting an application.)
-Historical markers, monuments, or plaques
-Hospitality expenses (food, lodging, event prizes, etc.)
-Scholarships for academic institution tuition or fees
-Deficit reduction
-Out-of-state travel

Pre-Application Information:

All museum grants require a 1:1 match. Tier I Grants require a 100% cash match. Tier II Grants required a 50% cash and up to 50% in-kind match for a total of a 1:1 match.

The deadline to apply is January 26, 2018, 5:00 PM.

Application Forms:

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