Monday, November 12, 2007

Grants for African American Museums, Colleges, and Universities

From The Foundation Center...

Guidelines Available for Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants for African American Museums

Deadline: January 15, 2008

The Institute of Museum and Library Services ( http://www.imls.gov/ ) has announced the availability of guidelines for the 2008 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture.

This grant program is designed to increase the institutional capacity and sustainability of the country's African American museums by building the knowledge, skills, and abilities of staff members and volunteers. Successful proposals will focus on one or more of the following three goals: 1) developing or strengthening knowledge, skills, and other expertise of current staff at African American museums; 2) attracting and retaining professionals with the skills needed to strengthen African American museums; and 3) attracting new staff to African American museum practice and providing them with the expertise needed to sustain them in the museum field.

Eligible applicants include museums whose primary purpose is African American life, art, history, and/or culture encompassing the period of slavery, the era of reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the civil rights movement, and/or other periods of the African Diaspora. Public or private nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to support museums identified above may also apply. Historically Black Colleges or Universities are also eligible.

Grants will range from $5,000 to $150,000 each for periods of up to two years. Grant guidelines, application instructions, and details on up- coming technical assistance audio-conference calls are available at the IMLS Web site.

RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10009733/imls

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