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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)

Conf. Date:

09/19/19

Deadline Date:

11/15/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants starting at $5,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and agencies for institutional capacity building projects at African American museums. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is also intended for professional development opportunities for staff at African American museums.

The AAHC program supports projects that nurture museum professionals, build institutional capacity, and increase access to museum and archival collections at African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 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.

Indicators (characteristics) of successful projects in the AAHC program are as follows: 

  • Institutional Impact: The project builds the capacity of a museum and/or supports the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums and/or HBCUs. 
  • In-depth Knowledge: The project design reflects a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter. 
  • Project-based Design: The work plan consists of a set of logical, interrelated activities tied directly to addressing the key need or challenge identified in the application. 
  • Demonstrable Results: The project generates measurable results that tie directly to the need or challenge it was designed to address. 

Projects may be structured at any of several stages of maturity: exploratory, piloting, scaling, or mainstreaming. A proposed project’s activities may be brand new to the institution, or they may implement learnings, perspectives, or competencies acquired during a previous project. A project may be an effort to intensify the impact of an approach that has been tested and found to be effective, or it may be structured as an opportunity to expand a function or activity that has been deemed successful. 

Examples of eligible projects can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-oms-aahc-nofo.pdf#page=4.

Eligible expenses may be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-oms-aahc-nofo.pdf#page=21.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162642

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,231,000

Number of Grants:

18

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Anticipated period of performance July 1, 2020– June 30 2023. Project activities may be carried out for one to three years.

Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on July 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Ineligible expenses may be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-oms-aahc-nofo.pdf#page=22.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to participate in a live webinar to learn more about the FY 2020 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program.

Webinar:
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 2 PM – 3 PM EST
Participant call-in number: 866-299-7945
Participant PIN: 5680404#

To learn more and to join the session:
https://www.imls.gov/webinars/fy-2020-museum-grants-african-american-history-and-culture

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date: Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 15, 2019.

IMLS expects to notify both successful and unsuccessful applicants of the final decisions by June 2020.

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.

A pre-recorded webinar can be viewed at:
https://youtu.be/tMGrkeBrYSc

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319575

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

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

CFDA Number:

45.309

Funding or Pin Number:

AAHC-FY16

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)