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Museum Grant Resources

Museum grant resources online

Museum Grant Resources

Grants are non-repayable funds or goods that provide financial assistance to tax-exempt organizations.  A grant is an award that is accorded under the conditions that the funding will be used for a specific purpose with unique conditions. A grantor (funding organization) provides funding for projects and research that provides a public service, stimulates the economy, and benefits the general public. Museum grants can be awarded in categories that include conservation, research, educational outreach, exhibition support, collections management, staff training and infrastructure.
Museum grant resources, including sample online documents, searchable grant databases, and online workspaces for finding and collaborating with grant partners.

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Information about “how to apply for a grant”, sample grant documents, managing your grant, and information of available museum grants. Also information about becoming a IMLS grant reviewer.

National Endowment for the Arts
Information of available grants.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Opportunities, Application Guidelines, and Resources for Managing Your Grant
Searchable database of grant funding. Also includes online workspace that enables teams to complete grant applications together.

Grant Space
A service of the Foundation Center.  Includes a searchable grant database Foundation Database Online (FDO), Sample Grant Documents and Collaboration Hub for finding and collaborating with granting organizations in the social sector.

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Grants Calendar
Listing of Federal Museum grants.

Searchable database of arts grants.

Resources for Public Art, Call for Proposals

Public Art Opportunities
A service of Americans for the Arts.   Call for artist and designer contract-based public art opportunities.

Public Artist
Searchable database of public art call for proposals.

About Mark Walhimer

Mark is Managing Partner of Museum Planning, LLC, a museum planning and exhibition project management firm of interactive educational environments for Science Centers, Children's Museums and Natural History Museums. You can reach Mark at

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