IMLS Calls for 2011 Museums for America Grant Applications

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications to its largest museum grant program, Museums for America (MFA), for fiscal year 2011. Museums for America grants provide up to $150,000 in funding and support projects that strengthen a museum’s capacity to serve its community.

Museums for America grants are awarded in the following areas:

1. Engaging communities (education, exhibition, and interpretation)
2. Building institutional capacity (management, policy, and training)
3. Collections stewardship (management of collections)

Through these broad categories, IMLS supports a full range of museum activities including digitization of collections, staff training, research, exhibitions, educational programs, Web site enhancement and development, collections management, and other similar activities. MFA grants are available to museums of all types and sizes that fulfill the eligibility criteria and are located in the United States or its territories. Applicants are required to demonstrate that proposed grant activities are clearly linked to the institution’s strategic plan and will enhance the museum’s ties and value to its community.

Webinars with MFA Grants Staff
Learn more about the MFA program at one of IMLS’s upcoming webinars. MFA program staff will talk about the grant program, the grant application process, and answer participants’ questions during two September webinars.

The webinar schedule is:
Monday, September 13, 2010 at 3 pm Eastern Time
Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 3 pm Eastern Time

Webinar link: http://instmus.acrobat.com/mfa-applicants/

Conference call number: 1-888-850-4523;
Participant Passcode: 761243

Test your computer’s compatibility with Adobe Connect Pro by visiting the following link: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. We recommend you do this well before the conference begins.

Participants may begin logging in to the webinar up to 10 minutes prior to the conference start time. We recommend you log in to the webinar before calling the conference call line. If you do not have a computer available, you may participate solely through the conference call line.

Application guidelines and instructions are available here: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/forAmerica.shtm.

Please direct any questions about the MFA program to
Sandra Narva, senior program officer, 202-653-4634, snarva@imls.gov;
Steve Shwartzman, senior program officer, 202-653-4641, sshwartzman@imls.gov;
Reagan Moore, program specialist, 202-653-4637, rmoore@imls.gov
or Allison Boals, program specialist, 202-653-4702, aboals@imls.gov.

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