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Florida Museum on Main Street Program (MoMS)

Grants to Florida Nonprofits to Host
a Traveling Exhibit on Rural America

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Florida Humanities Council (FHC)

Deadline Date:

04/02/18 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 the changes in rural America. Applicants must 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 Crossroads: Change in Rural America 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
-Complementary 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 session in June 2018 as well as an installation workshop in September 2018.

Allowable program expenses include the following:

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

Local Exhibits
-Design and fabrication costs of local exhibits that relate to your MoMS project Promotion
-Print and electronic marketing
-Exhibit guides or activities

Support Staff (may include, but is not limited to the following)
-Project Director
-Site/facilities staff

-Facilities rental for off-site public programs

-Funds may be used to support the design and development of resources such as: 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.

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 a broad array of 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 raise local funds and provide in-kind support for the exhibition and related public programs
-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

Election 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
-Application Narrative - The creativity and strength of the proposed public programming to accompany the exhibit, as well as your community’s need for local cultural resources and marketing plan

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:

The project period is June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Florida nonprofit organizations in communities of approximately 20,000 residents or less. This population requirement can be waived if the applicant demonstrates that it serves an underserved group within a larger community.

Funds are available to small museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural organizations who are interested in hosting the exhibit.

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 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.

To access the online application form, applicants must contact Alex Buell, Program Coordinator to discuss their proposal and receive an application password. No-unsolicited or hard-copy proposals will be accepted.

The application deadline is April 2, 2018, 12:00 PM (Noon).

Notifications will be issued May 4, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Alex Buell, Program Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida