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Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Capacity Building
and Professional Development at African American Museums

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Deadline Date:

11/16/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and agencies for initiatives to benefit African American museums. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to expand institutional capacity as well as to support the growth and development of museum professionals and increase access to museum and archival collections at African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Projects meeting the goals of the AAHC program may include, but are not limited to:

Projects designed to build the capacity of African American museums may involve increasing the number of museum professionals working at African American museums to enable the museum to expand educational programs, engage the community, enhance organizational operations and resiliency, or provide for enhanced care of collections. IMLS encourages museum professionals and institutions to share and adopt best practices and innovations by creating skill-building and capacity expanding programs that are applicable across all levels of museum staff to ensure the highest standards in all aspects of museum practices and operations.

Projects to support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums may involve hosting paid internships at African American museums; creating mentorship opportunities for emerging and mid-career staff to connect with, learn from and engage with senior leaders and founders in the African American museum community; creating learning and growth opportunities for museum staff to build skills, enhance knowledge and expertise in museum-related subjects and areas of need.

For examples of activities in the above categories, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-oms-aahc-nofo.pdf#page=4.

For examples of allowable expenses, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-oms-aahc-nofo.pdf#page=19.

For information on program mission, goals, and objectives, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-oms-aahc-nofo.pdf#page=3.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162642

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,731,000

Number of Grants:

Anticipated number of awards: 22

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $5,000

Term of Contract:

Anticipated period of performance July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022, June 30, 2023, or June 30, 2024. Project activities may be carried out for one to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

IMLS welcomes applications from museums of all sizes and geographic areas whose primary purpose, as reflected in their mission, is African American art, life, history, and culture.

To be eligible for an award under this AAHC Notice of Funding Opportunity, you must be an organization that meets all three of the following criteria:

1. You must be either a unit of State, local, or tribal government or be a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;

2. You must be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and

3. You must qualify as one of the following:
a) A museum whose primary purpose, as reflected in its mission, 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 other periods of the African American diaspora; and using a professional staff, is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational, cultural heritage or aesthetic purposes; owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects; and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates.
(b) A public or private nonprofit agency that is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets the eligibility criteria in 1, 2, and 3(a), applying on behalf of the museum.
(c) A museum service organization or association whose primary purpose, as reflected in its mission, is to support museums whose primary purpose, as reflected in their mission, is African American life, art, history and/or culture; or
(d) A historically black college or university, as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. Section 1061, and pursuant to Executive Order 13256, dated February 12, 2002.

Native American tribal organizations may apply if they otherwise meet the above eligibility requirements.

For additional eligibility information, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-oms-aahc-nofo.pdf#page=6.

Ineligible expenses may be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-oms-aahc-nofo.pdf#page=19.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Due Date: Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 16, 2020.
- Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: June 2021 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)
- Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on July 1, 2021.

If your total request for federal funding is between $5,000 and $50,000, then no cost-share is required. If your request for federal funding is between $50,001 and $250,000, at least 1:1 cost share from nonfederal sources is required.

An applicant organization is subject to the following under this announcement:
- If you submit an application at the $5,000–$50,000 funding level, you are limited to one application under this announcement.
- If you submit an application at the $50,001–$250,000 level, you may submit more than one application under this announcement

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® number (a unique entity identifier), System for Award Management (SAM.gov) registration, and Grants.gov registration. Check your materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

You must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting your application package. The multi-step registration process generally cannot be completed in a single day. If you are not already registered, you should allow several weeks before the grant program deadline to complete this one-time process. Do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register.

You will need your Grants.gov user ID and password that you obtain during the registration process to submit your application when it is complete.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328732
Pre-recorded webinars: https://www.imls.gov/webinars/imls-office-museum-services-choosing-funding-opportunity-fy-2021
Webinar Information: https://www.imls.gov/webinars
FY 2021 Applicant Webinar Museum Grants for African American History and Culture: https://www.imls.gov/webinars/fy-2021-applicant-webinar-museum-grants-african-american-history-and-culture
Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/Daqh-ktoTV8

Contact Information:

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

Program Contacts:
Mark Isaksen
Senior Program Officer
misaksen@imls.gov
202-653-4667

Ashley Jones
Program Specialist
ajones@imls.gov
202-653-4782

Insitute of Museum and Library Services
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000
Washington, D.C. 20024-2135

GRANTS.GOV Applicant Support
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

45.309

Funding or Pin Number:

AAHC-FY21

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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