Monday, November 29, 2010

Grants for African American Museums

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in more information on this grant opportunity, click "Contact: Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post].

Deadline: January 18, 2011

Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Application Guidelines for Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the availability of guidelines and application forms for its 2011 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program. The program supports projects that enhance the institutional capacity and sustainability of African American museums in the United States through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other tools and approaches.

Successful applications will focus on one or more of the following goals: developing or strengthening the knowledge, skills, and other expertise of current staff at African American museums; attracting and retaining professionals with the skills needed to strengthen African American museums; and attracting new staff to African American museum practice and helping them develop the expertise needed to sustain careers in the museum field.

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

Grants will range from $5,000 to $150,000 for a period of up to two years.

The IMLS will hold webinars about the program on November 30 and December 7, 2010. Visit the IMLS Web site for complete program information, application procedures, and details on participating in the webinars.

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