IMLS Calls for 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant Applications

Application Deadline: March 15, 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is calling for proposals from museums, museum service organizations, and universities for projects that will enhance the professional development of museum staff. The 21st Century Museum Professionals grants are intended to have an impact on multiple institutions by reaching broad groups of museum professionals.

Funding will support projects involving core management skills such as planning, leadership, finance, program design, partnership, and evaluation. Projects may also focus on collections care and management, interpretation, marketing and audience development, staff retention, visitor services, governance, and other areas of museum operations. Additionally, IMLS encourages applicants to review its report, Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills, and respond with project proposals that address competence in such 21st century skill areas as information, communications, and technology literacy; critical thinking; problem solving; creativity; civic literacy; and global awareness.

Applicants may request from $15,000 – $500,000 for a grant period of up to three years. The application deadline is March 15, 2010. Downloadable guidelines and fill-in forms are available on the IMLS Web site.

IMLS has scheduled two audio-conference calls to give prospective applicants opportunities to ask IMLS staff questions pertaining to 21st Century Museum Professionals Grants:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Check the website for details and the toll-free conference call number. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff with their questions.

Program Contacts:
Christopher J. Reich, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202-653-4685
E-mail: creich@imls.gov

Twinet G. Kimbrough, Program Specialist
Phone: 202/653-4703
E-mail: tkimbrough@imls.gov

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