The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is calling for grant applications from museums, museum service organizations, and universities for proposals that will enhance the professional development of museum staff. The 21st Century Museum Professionals grants are intended to have an impact upon multiple institutions by reaching broad groups of museum professionals throughout cities, counties, states, regions, or the nation.
Funding will support projects involving core management skills such as planning, leadership, finance, program design, partnership, and evaluation. Project focus areas may also include collections care and management, interpretation, marketing and audience development, visitor services, governance, and other areas of museum operations. Proposals may also focus on projects that help museums attract and retain staff, and improve the capacity of museums to address the rapidly changing demographics in many communities.
Applicants may request from $15,000 - $500,000 for a grant period of up to three years. The application deadline is March 15, 2008. Downloadable guidelines and fill-in forms are available on the IMLS Web site at http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/21centuryMuseums.shtm.
For descriptions of FY 2007 projects, see http://www.imls.gov/results.asp?year=12&program=1064&description=on&sort=year.
IMLS has scheduled two audio-conference calls to give prospective applicants an opportunity to ask the IMLS staff questions pertaining to 21st Century Museum Professionals Grants. Participants will need the information below to participate:
Date: Tuesday, January 8
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Participant Dial-In Number: 800-603-9527 Conference ID: 25778158
Date: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Participant Dial-In Number: 800-603-9527 Conference ID: 25778835
Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers with their questions.
Christopher J. Reich, Senior Program Officer
Twinet G. Kimbrough, Program Specialist
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nationís 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit http://www.imls.gov.