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Museum on Main Street (MoMS) Program - Water/Ways

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Public Institutions,
and Municipalities to Host a Traveling Exhibit

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Smithsonian Institution and Florida Humanities

Deadline Date:

01/22/21 12:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and municipalities to host a traveling exhibit. Funding is intended to develop public programming along with presenting the exhibit, with priority given to projects that benefit new and underserved audiences, rural communities, and communities with fewer than 25,000 residents. The exhibition must be open to the public for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Grants will support participation in the statewide tour of Water/Ways, which explores the endless motion of the water cycle – from water’s effect on landscape, settlement, and migration, to its impact on culture and spirituality. Access to water and control of water resources is also a central part of political and economic planning. Interactive stations in the Water/Ways exhibition provide visitors with opportunities to explore water from both scientific and cultural perspectives as well as encourage conversations about water’s enduring impact on daily lives and culture.

For additional information about the exhibition, see: https://floridahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2021-WaterWays-RFP-FINAL-10-8-20-B.pdf#page=2

All selected exhibition host sites are required to design and develop complementary public programs to enhance the exhibition content. Programming should bring the broader exhibit topic down to the local level and help tell your community’s own water story. Local content possibilities include the impact of water on local settlement, work, and transportation; discussion of public water policies; exploration of the impact of environmental movements at the local level; and, the impact of water on the natural landscape.

Programs may be presented in-person or virtually and may occur before, during, and/or after the exhibition is hosted locally. Examples of program formats include:

  • Public lecture series and panel discussions
  • Community conversations
  • Digital and audio humanities projects such as podcasts and interactive websites
  • Local exhibitions that explore the MoMS theme from a local and/or regional perspective
  • Oral history projects with post-project community engagement
  • Guided walking tours

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181762

Number of Grants:

Five communities

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Exhibit tour dates: June 26, 2021 - April 16, 2022. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to select their preferred exhibition tour dates.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Florida nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and public institutions are eligible to apply for funding. Although eligible for grants, colleges and universities are strongly encouraged to partner with and apply through local non-profit organizations.

Special consideration will be given to the following:
- Proposals from rural communities and/or communities with a population size less than 25,000
- Proposals from organizations with annual budgets of less than $1-million
- Projects that reach new and/or underserved audiences
- Underserved audiences can be defined as those whose access to the humanities is limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability
- Projects that build on partnerships between two or more organizations or institutions
- Sites that collectively represent a broad geographic reach statewide

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:
https://floridahumanities.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2021-WaterWays-RFP-FINAL-10-8-20-B.pdf#page=6

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: January 22, 2021, at 12 PM EDT (noon)
Notification: February 19, 2021

Florida Humanities staff is happy to provide guidance on completing an application, determining eligibility, addressing budgetary questions, as well as troubleshooting technical difficulties with electronic forms. Please allow for 24-48 hours to return your email, and please contact staff well in advance (at least one week) of an application deadline. Due to the coronavirus crisis, all Florida Humanities staff are working remotely. It is best to send an email first, requesting a time to discuss your grant on the phone. Phone messages may be returned less frequently

A one-to-one cost share (i.e. match) is required for all projects. The match can be met by either in-kind services (such as volunteer hours or donated services like facilities use rentals) or cash. The match can be entirely in-kind, entirely cash, or a combination of the two. Cost-share may also include indirect costs (overhead) totaling no more than 15% of the expended funds. Items that would be regarded as indirect costs include the salaries of executive officers, clerical or fiscal managers, the costs of operating and maintaining facilities, local telephone service, office supplies, and accounting and legal services

Applicants must have a valid DUNS number and be registered with SAM.gov.

About Water/Ways: https://museumonmainstreet.org/content/waterways

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=flahum

Direct questions to:
Patricia Putman, Interim Executive Director
pputman@flahum.org
1-727-873-2004

Technical Questions:
Lisa Lennox
727-873-2018
llennox@flahum.org

Florida Humanities
599 Second Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
tel: 727-873-2000
info@flahum.org

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