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45.301: Museums for America

Alternate Name: MFA; ME; Inspire
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Program Number
45.301
Status
Active
Last Modified
Sept. 21, 2022
Date Posted
Sept. 21, 2022
Objective
Museums for America (MFA) is designed to strengthen the ability of individual museums to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance their missions, plans, and strategic goals and objectives. MFA has three program goals—Lifelong Learning, Community Engagement, and Collections Stewardship and Access—with three associated objectives each. Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff, a special initiative of the MFA grant program, supports using the transformative power of professional development and training to generate systemic change within museums of all types and sizes. It has four program goals—Digital Technology, Diversity and Inclusion, Evaluation, and Organizational Management—with two associated objectives each. Inspire! Grants for Small Museums, a special initiative of the MFA program, supports small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public by implementing projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three program goals—Lifelong Learning, Institutional Capacity, and Collections Stewardship and Access—with three associated objectives each. Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for details of the specific goals and objectives for these grant programs.
Type of Assistance
B - Project Grants
Applicant Eligibility
An applicant to Museums for America must meet geographic and governance criteria and qualify as one of the following types of organizations: 1. A museum that, 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. 2. A public or private nonprofit agency that is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets these criteria. Applicants should consult the Notices of Funding Opportunity for MFA and the special initiatives for more details.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public and private non-profit museums. Through activities and projects funded, beneficiaries include the general public.
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