The Museum Assessment Program funds all types of museums, including historic house museums, science and technology centers, botanical gardens, and art museums.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of Federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage and increase civic participation.
In FY 07, 111 museums participated in the program.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The program provides technical assistance for four kinds of assessments:
A museum located in the 50 states of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, The Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau, or the District of Columbia may apply for a grant under this Act.
A public or private nonprofit organization, such as a municipality, college, or university which is responsible for the operation of a museum, if necessary, may apply on behalf of the museum.
A museum operated by a department or agency of the Federal government is not eligible to apply.
Under the IMLS definition, a museum is a public or private nonprofit institution which is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes and which, using a professional staff: (1) Owns or uses tangible objects, whether animate or inanimate; (2) cares for these objects; and (3) exhibits them to the general public on a regular basis.
A museum must have at least one staff member, paid or unpaid, who devotes his or her time primarily to the acquisition, care or exhibition of objects.
The definition makes clear that the term "museum" includes aquariums and zoological parks; botanical gardens and arboretums; nature centers; art, history, (including historic buildings and sites), natural history, children's, general and specialized museums, science and technology centers and planetariums.
Public and private nonprofit museums benefit.
Aplication and Award Process
To participate in the Museum Assessment Program, a museum must contact the American Association of Museums (AAM), 1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: (202) 289-9118. E-mail: email@example.com.
Proposals for participation are reviewed by the American Association of Museums.
Museum and Library Services Act, codified at 20 U.S.C. Section 9101 et seq.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Appeals may be made in writing to the director of the American Association of Museums.
Formula and Matching Requirements
MAP is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. MAP museums share a percentage of the cost of the assessment.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
Participants submit a final report to the American Association of Museums.
Audits not required for application.
Grant and contract recipients will be required to maintain standard financial statements.
(Grants) FY 07 $442,000; FY 08 $434,278; FY 09 est $471,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 07, 111 museums participated in MAP. Grants were awarded in the following areas: collections management (26), governance (11), public dimension (27), and institutional assessment (47).
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
See the IMLS Web site at www.imls.gov for the latest program data.
Regional or Local Office
Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street, N.W., Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20036-5802. Contact: Christopher J. Reich, Senior Program Officer; Telephone: (202) 653-4685; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
To participate in MAP, a museum must contact the American Association of Museums, 1575 Eye Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: (202) 289-9118. E-mail: email@example.com.
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