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Florida Museum on Main Street Program (MoMS)

Grants to Florida Nonprofits to Host a Traveling
Exhibit on Sports in American Society

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Florida Humanities Council (FHC)

Deadline Date:

09/28/18 12:00 PM (Noon)


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Grants of up to $5,000 and additional support to Florida nonprofit organizations, such as museums, historical societies, cultural organizations, and libraries, in small or underserved communities to host a traveling exhibit on sports in American society. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss proposals with program staff prior to applying. In addition to hosting the exhibit, organizations will conduct public programming, and create complementary humanities resources.

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) provides small communities access to Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits. Funds are available to small museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural organizations who are interested in hosting the Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams exhibit for a pre-selected six-week period. Sites are required to design and present public programs that clearly relate to the theme of the exhibit. Programs should occur before, during, and after the exhibition schedule, be open to the public, serve a broad community audience, and not have fees that present a barrier to public participation.

In addition to costs related to hosting the exhibit and public programs, funds may be expended on the development of complementary resources that extend the reach of the exhibit. The resources must relate to the exhibit theme and may include, but are not limited to:
- Lectures, panel discussions, or reading and discussion programs
- Classroom resources and field trips
- Maps, guides or brochures (print or on-line)
- Audio/video recording of scholar presentations for public broadcast or posting on a website
- Local exhibits
- Public story collection days

All selected organizations must identify a staff member who will serve as the project director and attend a training workshop in November 2018 as well as an installation workshop in March 2019.

The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sidelines and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.

Host organization responsibilities:

- Secure appropriate venue for 6-week exhibition schedule
- Identify a project director and assistant project director (staff or volunteer) to coordinate the project and attend all required meetings, direct the installation of the exhibition, and provide leadership during the hosting of the exhibit
- Plan and implement community programs on the theme of the exhibit. These programs should serve a broad public audience.
- Develop a network of collaborating organizations in your community and region to showcase the exhibit and provide audience development
- Organize a committee to support the programming related to the exhibition
- Submit required information about planned public programs to FHC at least 6 weeks in advance of each activity
- Submit information to FHC for marketing purposes when requested
- Invite elected officials to the exhibition opening and related activities
- Maintain records for inclusion in required final report to be submitted to FHC and the Smithsonian Institution
- Communicate regularly with FHC staff

Site selection criteria:
- Geography – FHC intends for the tour to serve as many different parts of the state as possible
- Collaboration - Preference will be given to communities that show evidence of a network of organizations collaborating to host and showcase the exhibit locally
- Public Programming - The creativity and strength of the proposed public programming to accompany the exhibit
- Local Connections - The fit between the exhibit’s topic and the community’s cultural assets
- Local Need - A demonstrated need for cultural programming in the host community

Allowable program expenses include the following:

- Includes stipends, travel, and per diem for scholars and/or presenters to facilitate public programs

- Print and electronic marketing
- Exhibit guides or activities

Support Staff (may include, but is not limited to the following):
- Project Director
- Site/facilities staff
- No more than 20% of FHC funds may be used for staffing or other overhead

- Facilities rental for off-site public programs

- Funds may be used to support the design and development of resources such as local exhibitions, maps/guides/brochures, video and audio recording of scholar presentations, and other items intended to enhance or complement the exhibit or extend its reach into the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181762

Number of Grants:

Six sites will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Host organizations will be provided with the following:
- Up to $5,000 in funds to support exhibition installation and public programming-related expenses
- A training workshop and installation workshop to orient your site to the exhibition content, assist with the development of programming, and review installation and shipping procedures
- An exhibition support manual detailing installation, public relations, and evaluation
- Consultation with FHC staff and a humanities scholar to assist with public program planning
- Promotional materials such as posters, brochures, and a press kit
- Exhibit shipment between sites

Term of Contract:

Project period: November 1, 2018 – January 31, 2020.

Grantees will host the exhibit for a pre-selected six-week period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit Florida organizations (museums, historical societies, libraries, preservation groups, downtown development groups or chambers of commerce) located in communities with populations of approximately 20,000 or less are eligible to apply.

Venue Requirements:
- At least 800 square feet of space and eight-foot ceilings
- Clean, dry, and secure facilities with humidity under 65% and a temperature below 75 degrees
- Incandescent or halogen lighting without too much exposure to direct sunlight
- Handicap accessible with bathroom facilities for visitors
- At least 25 hours per week of public operating hours
- 100 square feet of secure storage space for exhibition crates

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations are strongly encouraged to call FHC staff to discuss the program before applying.

- Application deadline: 12:00 PM (noon) on September 28, 2018.
- Funding notification: October 15, 2018

Organizations are required to provide a cash and/or in-kind cost share at least equal to the funds requested of FHC. Cost share should include any program expenses listed above that are not covered by FHC. They may also include, but are not limited to the following:

- Support Staff/Volunteers: Includes any staff costs not covered by FHC in addition to in-kind volunteer support to assist with all aspects of program implementation

- Food, Beverages, and Entertainment: FHC funds may not be used for entertainment (musicians, etc.) or food/beverages served at receptions or public programs. These expenses should be listed as part of the cost share.

Selected sites will receive funds in two installments: 90% after attending the project director’s training workshop and 10% to be paid on a reimbursement basis upon submission of required final reports.

Contact Information:

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

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For more information:
Alex Buell, Program Coordinator
Florida Humanities Council

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida