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Grant-in-Aid (GIA)

Grants to Alaska Nonprofit Museums and Related Organizations
for Internships and the Enhancement of Operations and Services

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Alaska State Libraries, Archives, and Museums - Alaska State Museum (ASM)

Deadline Date:

06/01/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Alaska nonprofit museums or museum-related organizations for internship programs and to enhance museum operations. Applicants for internships should contact programs staff prior to applying. Grants may be used for projects related to collections, exhibits, education, outreach, and organizational development. GIA funds can be used to purchase supplies and equipment, pay for contractual services or personnel, or other items necessary to support and improve museum services and operations.

Museums can apply for one of three grant programs during the year: Regular Grants, Mini-Grants, and Internship Grants. Each grant program has a separate online application form with associated templates for developing proposals:
- Regular grants are available to fund projects up to $10,000.
- Mini-grants are available to fund projects up to $2,000. Mini-grant applications are quick to complete. They are evaluated apart from Regular and Internship applications, using a simplified scoring process.
- Internship Grants: The internship program provides a stipend for travel, living, and a housing supplement (if necessary) for a graduate student to participate in an 8-week internship at a host museum during the summer of 2020. The Curator of Statewide Services recruits and selects graduate student interns and assists supervising the intern.

The hosting museum must provide all of the necessary supplies and equipment to execute the project, provide a primary supervisor, and provide partially or fully subsidized housing for the duration of the internship. The internship provides graduate students in programs affiliated with the museum field with work experience and a project that the interns can highlight in their resume or in their portfolio. For museums, the interns bring a variety of skills that can directly benefit the museum and the development of museum staff capacities.

GIA provides funding for professional development or training, but only if the training directly supports the specific project outlined in an application. No more than 10% of a project budget can fund administrative (in-direct) expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181091

Estimated Size of Grant:

Museums may apply for a regular grant of up to $10,000 or a mini-grant of up to $2,000.

Term of Contract:

- Projects should be scheduled to take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Written request for an extension must be submitted for approval by June 2 if project cannot be completed by June 30.
- Interns at host museums: June-August 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Alaska museums or museum-related organizations can apply, which includes historical societies, historic sites, museum support groups, cultural centers, and science centers. A museum or related organization may submit only one application for its direct benefit. It is the organization's responsibility to determine who will submit the grant application on its behalf.

To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a legally organized, permanent, nonprofit organization, that is essentially educational in purpose; and
- Own, care for, utilize and interpret tangible objects and exhibit them to the public; and
- Be open and advertised to the public on a regularly scheduled basis for no less than 90 days total, in the fiscal year for which a grant is requested; and
- Employ at least one person, or the full-time* equivalent, either paid or unpaid, whose time is primarily devoted to the care and public exhibition of objects owned or used by the museum. (*Full-time during the calendar period the museum is open to the public.); and
- Maintain separate and distinct itemized budget records (if part of a parent organization); and
- Have satisfactorily filed all previous year Grant-in-Aid accounting, if applicable; and
- Not be a state or federal governmental entity, or be acting on behalf of a state or federal governmental entity;

- Be a legally organized, permanent, nonprofit organization, the purpose of which is to augment and enhance statewide museum services, practices and education; and have satisfactorily filed all previous year Grant-In-Aid accounting, if applicable.

Grant-In-Aid will NOT fund projects designed to restore historic sites and structures, for collection acquisitions, for costs incurred prior to the date of the grant award letter, to replace or offset employee payroll that would otherwise be paid, or for re-granting purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

The Grant-in-Aid application period is open from April 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM. ASM will send official notification of the funding decision after July 1.

Please contact Anjuli Grantham to discuss possible internship projects before submitting the grant.

All applicants are encouraged to contact Anjuli Grantham, Curator of Statewide Services, to discuss Grant-in-Aid projects prior to submitting applications. You can submit a draft of a grant application to receive feedback on your proposal prior to submitting your final application. Submit the draft to Anjuli Grantham by May 10 to receive feedback. Use a GIA template (see Supporting Documents, below) to submit your draft.

FY 2020 Grant-in-Aid Calendar:
- April 1, 2019: Application opens
- June 1, 2019: Grant submission deadline
- July 1, 2019: Grant award notifications mailed
- May 1, 2020: Deadline for written requests for Regular grant and Mini-grant project extensions.
- June-August, 2020: Interns at host museums
- June 30, 2020: Final report deadline for Regular and Mini grants
- September 30, 2020: Final report deadline for Internship grants and other grant projects that received an extension.

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

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If you have questions about the Grant-in-Aid program or the application, please contact Anjuli Grantham at 907-465-4806 or

If you still have questions, contact Addison Field at (907) 465-4866 or

Physical Address:
395 Whittier Street
Juneau AK 99801

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110571
Juneau, AK 99811-0571

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska