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Small Museum Grants Program

Grants to Arkansas Nonprofits and Historical Museums
for Programs That Promote the History of the State

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Department of Arkansas Heritage

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Grants of up to $2,500 to Arkansas nonprofit organizations, military and history museums, and historical societies and sites for programs that promote the history of the state. Funding is intended for activities that encourage awareness, education, and enjoyment of the history of Arkansas, and enable community-based small museums and organizations to research, preserve, present, and conserve Arkansas history. Programming should have a strong educational component designed to benefit the general public.

The following expenses are eligible for inclusion in the grant application:
- Conservation materials
- Building and ground maintenance
- Operating costs for utilities and HVAC
- Equipment purchase ($1,000 limit)
- Accessioning of artifact collections
- Research
- Website design and maintenance
- Exhibits
- Interpretation (brochures, educational programming, and exhibits)
- Educational programs for K-12 grade students or adults
- Printing, publicity, and marketing
- Travel and transportation, including in-state travel for research and training; lodging for museum staff only; meals for paid and non-paid museum staff.
- Staff training: Museum practices and standards; archival training; interpretive training; and collections management.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183895

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $2,500. All, part, or none of the applicant's request may be awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are the types of museums/organizations that are eligible to apply:
- History museums
- Historical societies
- Historic houses and sites
- Military museums

Additional requirements:
- The museum must have an annual budget of $250,000 or less.
- The museum must have a staff of at least one person qualified with museum training, knowledge, and experience.
- Staff may be paid or volunteer. The museum staff must devote time primarily to the care of the museum and its collection.
- The museum must be open to the public at least 90 days per year.
- Located in Arkansas
- Tax exempt status with the IRL or be part of a nonprofit organization.
- May receive no state or federal funds for operating costs
- Have a formally stated board approved mission statement and bylaws
- Use and interpret object and/or a site for the public presentation of regularly scheduled programs and exhibits.
- Have a formal and appropriate program of documentation, care and use of the collection and/or objects.
- Must carry about these functions primarily at a physical facility or site.
- Recipient must have been operational and open to the public for at least two years.
- Full-time director to whom authority is delegated for day to day operations.

Ineligible activities:
- Acquisition of objects for collections
- Capital improvement projects
- Salaries
- Projects that serve a religious purpose or promote religious principals
- Exhibitions or public programs that are not available to the general public or taking place outside the state of Arkansas
- Prizes and awards
- Expenses for entertainment
- Any state or federal funded museums
- Food for special or continuing education.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for applications is April 11, 2019.

If you or someone at your organization has previously registered in the system, do not create a new account. To receive the username and password, please contact Debra Fithen (see Contact Information, below).

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Once you have completed the Logon process use this access code: 19SMG.

Please contact Debra Fithen, Grants Manager with any questions:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas