Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

To enable Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations and nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians to benefit their communities and audiences through strengthened museum services in the areas of programming, professional development, and enhancement of

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Agency - Institute of Museum and Library Services

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.

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Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, the program awarded 23 grants.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are intended to support activities of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations and nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in museums and museum-related organizations, such as cultural centers.

The grant program will support services and activities in the following areas: (1) programming: services and activities that support the educational mission of museums and museum-related organizations; (2) professional development: education or training that builds skills, knowledge, or other professional capacity for individuals who provide or manage museum services activities.

These persons may be paid or volunteer and may be involved with museum services either currently or in the future; (3) enhancement of museum services: support for activities that enable and improve museum services.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and corporations, and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians.

Museums are not eligible to apply for this grant program.

However, they may partner with eligible applicants on projects.

Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, and departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of this program and their staff may serve as project directors, in partnership with an eligible applicant.

For the purposes of funding under this program, "The term 'Indian tribe' means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C.

Section 1601 et seq.), that is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians" (definition taken from the Library Services and Technology Act).

Eligible entities are listed on the Bureau of Indian Affairs Web site (, except for the recognized Alaska Native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations (Alaskan entities should refer to applicable provisions in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, referenced above).

Under this program, "organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians--that is, any not-for-profit organization that primarily serves and represents Native Hawaiians, as the term is defined in 20 U.S.C.

Section 7517--are also eligible for funding.

The term "Native Hawaiian" means any person who is a citizen of the United States and a descendant of the aboriginal people who, before 1778, occupied and exercised sovereignty in the area that is now the state of Hawaii, as evidenced by genealogical records, Kapuna (elders) or Kamaaina (long-term community residents) verification, or certified birth records.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments."

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

As part of the president's E-government initiative, the federal government developed, a single Web site for organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all 26 of the federal grant-making agencies. Beginning with the 2008 grant cycle, the Institute required all applicants to apply online through Applicants who are unable to use should contact an IMLS program officer. The Institute no longer accepts mailed paper applications. For more information on the process of applying through, visit

Award Procedures

Proposals are reviewed by field and/or panel reviewers, staff, and the director.


April 1.


Museum and Library Services Act, codified at 20 U.S.C. Section 9101 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately five months.


Appeals may be made in writing to the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services may extend particular grants at the discretion of the director.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The minimum grant is $5,000, and awards will not exceed $50,000. There are no matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects may be carried out for a period of up to 24 months from the project start date.

Post Assistance Requirements


The Institute of Museum and Library Services requires interim and final financial and narrative performance reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in federal awards are exempt from federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grant and contract recipients will be required to maintain standard financial statements and project records.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $1,007,740; FY 08 $895,000; FY 09 est $945,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 07, awards ranged between $13,793 and $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See the IMLS Web site at for the latest program data.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street, N.W., Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20036-5802. Contact: Sandra Narva, Telephone: (202) 653-4634,E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See program guidelines.

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