Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Association of Museums. It is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future.
The program provides technical assistance for four kinds of assessments: (1) collections management; (2) governance; (3) institutional; and (4) public dimension. Assessments are funded on a first-come, first-served basis. Museums may apply for MAP assessments in any sequence. Museums that received a MAP assessment grant on or before September 2003 may apply for a grant to fund participation in that assessment a second time. Application materials can be obtained by contacting the American Association of Museums.
In all MAP assessments, members of the museum staff and governing authority complete a self-study, and receive a site visit by one or more museum professionals, who tour the museum and meet with staff, governing officials, and volunteers. The surveyors work with the museum and MAP staff to produce a report evaluating the museum's operations, making recommendations, and suggesting resources.
Eligible applicants must be a a unit of state or local government or a private nonprofit organization and must be located within the U.S. For additional information visit the American Association of Museums website.
Contact: Jill Connors-Joyner
Grant link: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/museumAssessment.shtm