The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has provided $102,000 to be distributed by the Museum Association of New York between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. During this period we will offer “Mini-Grants” and “Travel Grants.” This new, pilot program replaces the Grants for Museum Advancement: Get Ready, Get Set, Go!
Mini-Grants of up to $5,000 are available to work on a modest ($20,000 or less) planning or implementation project. While a match is not required, applicants are encouraged to show other contributions to their project through staff time or other funds. Applicants must be able to articulate why this project is a current priority for their museum, and how it moves the organization forward. The grants cannot be used as a match for a NYSCA application, nor duplicate any NYSCA request. Grant funds may also not be used to support the salary of current staff or for any capital projects.
THE FIRST DEADLINE FOR MINI-GRANT APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 6, 2015. PLEASE SEND ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS TO firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHOULD FUNDING BE AVAILABLE, THE SECOND DEADLINE FOR MINI-GRANT APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 5, 2016.
Past funding does not guarantee future funding. All applications are evaluated based on materials submitted. Decisions are need-blind and will be made by a review panel comprised of museum professionals from across New York State representing large and small organizations, as well as various subjects and professional roles within their museum. While the Museum Association of New York (MANY) administers this program in collaboration with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), neither MANY nor NYSCA staff serve on this panel. While we endeavor to offer at least two funding deadlines per year, the Mini-Grant program often expends its limited funds after the first deadline. Travel Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until those funds are expended.
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