Grants for Nonprofits : Museums
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A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to museums.
Costume Society of America
Grants for Small Museums
The Costume Society of America annually awards up to two $1,500.00 Grants to Support Costume in Small Museums. This classification includes historical societies, historic houses or sites, and other similar institutions with very limited budget and staff to support their costume collection. Funding is intended to assist the costume and textiles collections of small museums, and may be used for appropriate supplies or display items, the services of a consultant or specialist, or other projects which relate directly to the institutionís costume collection and foster the care or use of the collection at a level appropriate to the particular collectionís most pressing needs.
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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and learning. IMLS supports all types of museums, from art and history to science and zoos, and all types of libraries and archives, from public and academic to research and school. IMLS helps museums and libraries reach people of all ages, in all regions. If you are interested in applying for awards, reviewing grant applications, or currently have an IMLS award, this is your one-stop service center.
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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Grants
Mini-Grant Regional Regranting Program
Funding Sources for Traveling Exhibits
This program provides funding to select Michigan non-profit organizations to administer and regrant at the local level on behalf of the Council supporting small arts and cultural projects throughout the state in 19 designated regions. Non-profit organizations, including (but not limited to) service organizations, arts organizations, parks and recreational organizations, churches, professional associations, public and non-public schools, cities, townships and villages may apply during three rounds of funding of up to $4,000 in the fiscal year.
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Museum Grants Available through the State of Michigan, try the Michigan Electronic Grants Administration and Management System Portal (EGrAMS).
Top 50 U.S. Foundations Awarding Grants to Museums:
1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010
Source: FC Stats from the Foundation Center.
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The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.
THE BIG BOOK OF MUSEUM GRANT MONEY. Prepared by the Taft Group for the American Association of Museums. Rockville, Md. : The Taft Group, 1995. 1896pp. Funding Center (1 East) AM122 .B58 1995.
Provides detailed descriptive profiles of 3,326 philanthropic programs in the United States--programs associated with private foundations, corporate foundations, and corporate direct givers. All of the funders in this directory have either made grants to museums/galleries, botanical gardens/parks, zoos/aquariums, or science museums within the last several reporting periods or have listed these organizations as typical recipient categories on questionnaires. Also listed under Arts and Cultural Activities.
FOUNDATION GRANTS GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES. Fairfax, Va. : International Communications Industries Association, 1984. 62pp. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .F686 1984
A listing of 96 foundations that make grants to schools and 65 foundations that fund library and museum projects.
Also listed under Arts and Cultural Activities; Education; Libraries.
FUND RAISING FOR MUSEUMS : THE ESSENTIAL BOOK FOR STAFF AND TRUSTEES. Hedy A. Hartman. Redmond, Wa : The Hartman Planning and Development Group, Ltd., 1989. 3rd edition, 612pp. Funding Center (1 East) AM122 F.H37 1989
The first 86 pages provide detailed, readable information concerning the "how-to's" of museum fundraising. The remaining 526 pages list corporations, foundations, and government agencies which fund in this area. Intended for art museums, art centers, history museums, historical organizations, natural history museums, nature centers, science and technology centers, aquariums, arboretums, native american museums, planetariums, zoological parks, botanical gardens, and children's museums. [The first edition is also available in the Main Library Stacks.]
FUNDING FOR MUSEUMS, ARCHIVES, AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. Denise Wallen and Karen Cantrell, eds. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 1988. 355pp. Funding Center (1 East) AM122 .F86 1988
Provides detailed descriptions of more than 500 funding sources that support the programs and needs of museums, archives, and special collections and the individual researchers who use them. The funding sources described support both institutional needs such as expansion or improvement of facilities, as well as programs, performances, performers, exhibits, and exhibitors.
Also listed under Arts and Cultural Activities; Libraries.
FUND RAISING : A BASIC READER Compiled and edited by Susan K. Nichols.
Publisher Washington, D.C. : American Association of Museums, Technical Information Service, c1987. 108pp.
Funding Center (1 East) HG177 .F98 1987
A primer on fundraising philosophy and strategy. Packed with periodical reprints from Museum News, Fund Raising Management, etc. on issues such as "Trustee Orientation", Writing Realistic Grant Budgets", and "Enchanted Evenings -- Without the Morning-After Headaches".
IS YOUR MUSEUM GRANT READY? : ASSESSING YOUR ORGANIZATION'S POTENTIAL FOR FUNDING Sarah S. Brophy. Lanham : AltaMira Press, c2005. 191pp. Funding Center (1 East) AM122 .B76 2005
This succinct text provides an accessible, step-by-step guide for small museums and historic organizations to help assess their readiness for the often laborious grant-application process. It includes seven real-life examples of institutions that have successfully achieved grant-readiness. An invaluable resource to museums, cultural institutions, and students studying history or non-profit work.
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