10 More Museum Grants to Pump Up Your Programming

Julia Kennedy - Marketing & Aud Dev Associate

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We’ve rounded up a list of museum grants before, but there are so many options when it comes to finding funding. Many of the museums we work with use grants for our collaboration. Museums also use grants to update their programming or participate in professional development.

Here’s a list of ten grants that may help your museum.

These grants could help your museum bring in outside consultants, like us!

National Endowment for the Arts

Challenge America

The Challenge America grant offers matching support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

Qualifying programs can help overcome challenges like geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Awards are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match – so it’s a great way to double donor money.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Dialogues on the Experience of War

This initiative supports the study and discussion of war in the belief that these sources can help US military vets and others to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service. These discussions are intended to promote an exploration into the nature of duty, heroism, suffering, loyalty, and patriotism and should be supplemented by testimonials from those who have served. If you’re a military museum looking to create engaging programming with an oral history element, this is the perfect opportunity.

Public Humanities Projects

The Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming using a variety of forms of audience engagement: community conversations, exhibitions, historic places, etc. If you’re looking to collaborate with your community partners, this is a great option.

Illinois Humanities

Vision Grants

Vision Grants are $2,000 grants to Illinois smaller nonprofit organizations to carry out planning projects related to their work in the humanities. Especially for groups that wish to delve into more interactive public humanities programming or target new audiences, planning grants can help develop a series or explore collaborations. Planning plays a critical role in smaller groups’ ability to successfully carry out humanities initiatives. If you’re looking to bring in a consultant to strategically plan or provide training (we do that!) it’s a great way to find those initiatives.

Action Grants

Action Grants are project grants up to $4,000 to nonprofit organizations located in Illinois or doing work impacting Illinois audiences to provide support to groups that want to try out innovative approaches to public humanities programming. These cover projects or initiatives that explore the digital humanities, apply new techniques in audience engagement, and build new and diverse audiences. The goal is to help support more risk-taking and experimental and/or engaging public humanities work on the part of Illinois nonprofits. Wanting to do something off the wall? This is your chance, Illinois!

The Vermont Community Foundation

Nonprofit Capacity Building

These grants are up to $2,500 each to support the cost of bringing consultants in to facilitate discussions related to strategic planning, development of an organizational fundraising strategy, or orchestrating a merger. These grants are available statewide to organizations in Vermont.

Bonus Grant: The Samara Fund for LGBTQ Communities is a small award ranging from $500-$5,000 to organizations for projects, programs, and organizations that serve the LGBTQ+ community in Vermont.

Grants Ontario

Heritage Organization Development Grant Program

This grant helps to fund non-profits programming that is actively involved in local outreach activities such as the production of displays and promotional materials, public programs, lecture series, walking tours and special activities designed to inform and educate the general public about their community heritage. This is a perfect grant for new programs in Ontario to secure funding to see the program’s success.

Canadian Museum Association

CMA Bursary Program

Two bursaries that are awarded to cover personal development costs for either:

  • Emerging Professional Development bursaries are given out to promote the exchange of knowledge and learning between museum professionals at the beginning of their careers. The program provides financial assistance to individuals to attend short courses, seminars, and workshops.
  • Bursaries for mid-career professional development are given out to build new competencies and increase individual and institutional performance. Bursaries are provided for specialized museum studies at a national or international level, such as specialized courses, seminars, workshops, and symposia, as well as professional exchanges that promote continuous learning.

Both are perfect to attend our Audience Development Boot Camp.

Curious as to whether our services would be eligible for grant funding? Ready to start drafting grant applications for new projects or professional development? Email us to learn more about our services and discuss applying for grant funding.

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