NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:
The Communities for Immunity Round Two application window is open from October 12 through October 29, 2021.
Institutions will be notified of their awards by November 19, 2021. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2022,
and final reports are due by April 29, 2022. Round Two awards will range from $1,500 to $100,000.
May I apply for funding in both Rounds One and Two?
Yes, organizations selected for awards during Round One may apply for additional funding in Round Two to build
upon and/or expand their Round One projects. Additionally, organizations not selected for awards in Round One are
encouraged to reapply in Round Two. Lastly, organizations that did not apply in Round One are still encouraged to
apply in Round Two.
How intensive is the application process?
Communities for Immunity has designed the application process to be as simple and straightforward as possible. The
application consists of four primary questions, a budget attachment, and some multiple choice selections. While we
encourage you to take sufficient time to develop a thoughtful, evidence-based approach to project concept and
design, we estimate completing the application itself will take no more than 2-4 hours.
How can I apply?
We will provide you with a link to the application, which will be hosted on an online survey platform called
Qualtrics. We expect the application to take 2-4 hours to complete. You may access your partially-completed
application at a later time using the same link; if you do so, please use the same computer and browser used to start
the application. Please contact our team in case of technical difficulties.
Where can I find a preview of the application questions?
Further details, including application questions, may be found in the Round Two Applicant Toolkit, along with a
budget template.
Is cost-share expected or required for this project?
Cost-share is NOT required for these awards. However, if additional funding or in-kind support will be used in the
execution of this project, we request that be documented in the project budget.
Are applicants allowed to include indirect costs in their proposal budgets?
Awards of $10,000 and less may not include indirect or overhead costs; awards of greater than $10,000 may include
indirect costs at the organization’s current Federally negotiated rate, or at the de minimis rate of 10%.
How can I learn more?
Communities for Immunity hosted two informational webinars for prospective Round One applicants to learn more
about the program and how to apply for funding awards. Recordings of these webinars are available on the Webinar
Recordings page. Additional webinars will be scheduled for Round Two applicants during the application window
(October 14 and 22).
Whom do I contact with questions not addressed here?
Please email info@communitiesforimmunity.org with any additional questions.

 

 

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Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Deadline: November 15, 2021*
Application: The FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity(NOFO) (PDF 670KB) is now available
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: 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, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of your IMLS request.

Program Overview:
The Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program (AAHC program) is designed to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals 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). Organizations that fulfill the eligibility criteria specified in the FY2022 NOFO may apply.

Program Contacts:
Mark Isaksen
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
misaksen@imls.gov
202-653-4667

Ashley Jones
Museum Program Specialist
ajones@imls.gov
202-653-4782

Webinars:
We invite you to view two pre-recorded webinars:

Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2022 is a general presentation on IMLS museum grant programs. We recommend that you view this presentation for an overview before considering a specific grant program. Click here to access the recording or to read the transcript.

 

 

National Leadership Grants for Museums

Deadline: November 15, 2021*
Application: The FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF 777KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$750,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: You must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request, unless otherwise indicated in the FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Program Overview:
National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession to strengthen museum services for the American public.

Program Contacts:
Helen Wechsler
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
hwechsler@imls.gov
202-653-4779

Jeannette Thomas
Museum Program Specialist
jthomas@imls.gov
202-653-4766

 

Museums for America

Deadline: November 15, 2021*
Application: The FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF 659KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: You must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of your IMLS request.

Program Overview:
The Museums for America program supports museums of all sizes and disciplines to undertake projects that strengthen their ability to serve their public. Project activities may include exhibitions, educational or interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Museums for America has three project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Engagement
  • Collections Stewardship and Access

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Deadline: November 15, 2021*
Application: The FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF 665KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000
Grant Period: Up to two years
Cost Share Requirement: None

Program Overview: 
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Inspire! has three project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Institutional Capacity
  • Collections Stewardship and Access

Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff

Deadline: November 15, 2021*
Application: The FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF 657KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: You must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of your IMLS request.

Program Overview:
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program. It is designed to support projects that use the transformative power of professional development and training to generate systemic change within museums of all types and sizes.

Museums Empowered has four project categories:

  • Digital Technology: Provide museum staff with the skills to integrate digital technology into museum operations.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Support museum staff in providing inclusive services to people of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds and to individuals with disabilities.
  • Evaluation: Strengthen the ability of museum staff to use evaluation as a tool to shape museum programs and improve outcomes.
  • Organizational Management: Strengthen and support museum staff as the essential part of a resilient organizational culture.

Program Contacts:
Mark Isaksen
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
misaksen@imls.gov
202-653-4667

Jeannette Thomas
Museum Program Specialist
jthomas@imls.gov
202-653-4766

Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Three New Grant Opportunities

Initiative to Sponsor Digital Projects that Amplify Stories of Communities of Color

Press Contact: Leah Knobel, lknobel@loc.gov | Kelley McNabb, kmcnabb@loc.gov
Public Contact: Laurie Allen, ccdi@loc.gov

Applications are now being accepted for the higher education and library, archives, and museums grants.

 

Individuals and educational and cultural institutions who seek to amplify the stories of communities of color are invited to apply to new grant opportunities through the Of the People: Widening the Path Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress.

Of the People is a new, multi-part initiative funded by a $15 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundationto enable the Library to connect more deeply with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. The Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI) will examine the ways technology can enable storytelling and expose more people to the Library’s expansive collections.

The funding opportunities announced today include a program for an artist or scholar in residence, a higher education grant and a library, archives, and museums grant. The award amounts range from $50,000 to $150,000. The higher education and library, archives, and museums grant applications are now open and will be accepted through Nov. 14. Artist or Scholar in Residence applications will be accepted from Sept. 22 to Nov. 21.

The Library recently announced the appointment of nine experts in technology, cultural memory, libraries and archives to the advisory board for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative.

Interested applicants are invited to attend informational webinars on the grant opportunities. Please find more details below.

Higher Education grant: In support of the Library’s Digital Strategy, this program will offer grants to support students, faculty and staff in two-year and four-year higher education institutions that primarily serve communities of color. The grants will support the creation or maintenance of community stories in digital formats, where those stories would benefit from inclusion of Library collections. The Library will award one grant for up to $60,000 to a higher education institution to support the development of a digital interface, publication, exhibit or experimental approaches to integrating Library collections in a course, program, or interest group that will make use of the product for educational purposes at the institution.
For more on the grant and to register for informational webinars, click here.

Library, Archives and Museums grant: The grant will support local cultural heritage organizations by enabling storytelling across a range of platforms. Specifically, the Library seeks to award up to $60,000 to a library, archive or museum to support the design and implementation of digital projects (digital exhibits, interfaces, multimedia productions or publications) that use digital materials from the Library of Congress to engage Black, Indigenous or other community members of color.
For more on the grant and to register for informational webinars, click here.

Artist or Scholar in Residence program: The program will fund an Artist in Residence or Scholar in Residence for two years starting in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Each Artist/Scholar in Residence will be supported with $50,000 during the first year and $100,000 in the second year of the residency. Applicants should be artists or scholars whose work connects with the intersection of technology and cultural heritage, and engages with the legacies of racial division in the U.S. Proposed projects will help the Library and the American people imagine new ways of preserving, accessing and sharing the stories of underserved communities, connecting the nation’s past to its future.
For more on the program and to register for informational webinars, click here.

About Of the People: Widening the Path
Launched in January 2021, Of the People: Widening the Path is a multiyear initiative to connect the Library more deeply with Black, Indigenous and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the Library’s collections. Funded through a gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it provides new opportunities for more Americans to engage with the Library and add their perspectives to the Library’s collections. This work will expand the Library’s efforts to ensure that a diversity of experiences is reflected in our historical record and inform how we use those materials to understand our past.

About the Library
The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States — and extensive materials from around the world — both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

 

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PR 21-055
2021-09-15
ISSN 0731-3527