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  • 08 May 2020 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    $15 Million in IMLS CARES Act Grants Now Available for Museums and Library Services 

    Applications for Pandemic Response Funding Due June 12, 2020

    Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 


    "Museums and libraries have never been more essential to their communities," said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. "COVID-19 has not only created a public health emergency, but it has also created a deep need for trusted community information, education, and connection that our libraries and museums are designed to provide."


    The CARES Act allocated funding to IMLS to enable libraries and museums and organizations serving tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities. The $15 million available through these new grants follows previous phases of funding announced over the past few weeks. 


    The deadline for submitting applications for either funding opportunity is June 12, 2020, with awards anticipated in August.


    IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries supports museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.


    IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services assists tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.


    "Access to and use of all kinds of health, job, government, educational, social, and cultural resources are necessary to weathering the current situation, beginning efforts to reopen, and providing services to sustain communities,” said Kemper. "Together, we can brighten the future for museums, libraries, and people across America.”


    Upcoming Webinars

    Interested applicants are invited to attend free informational webinars to learn more: 




    These webinars will be through GoToMeeting, and advance registration is required. Recordings will be made available on-demand on the IMLS website


    For More Information 

    To apply for these grants, as well as to IMLS’s other available funding opportunities, please visit the IMLS website

      


    Photo Courtesy of NCSU Libraries


    About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)


    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


  • 07 May 2020 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Financial relief for Maine cultural organizations


    The Maine Humanities Council is honored to invite Maine non-profit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus to apply for rapid-response relief grants of up to $7,500. 

    • Organizations serving and led by communities traditionally under-resourced in the humanities are encouraged to apply. The application is simple and the review process will be swift.
    • Zoom information sessions will be held online on Friday, May 8, at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. The deadline to register for a session is Thursday, May 7. To submit questions and register, please email us your name and the session you'd like to attend. Everyone who registers will be sent an invitation link via email.
    Learn more and apply by May 15
    Additional Emergency Relief FundingNEH CARES provides major grants of up to $300,000 to sustain large humanities organizations and preserve jobs in the cultural sector.
  • 06 May 2020 3:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MAM's partner organization in promotion of Maine's collecting institutions, VAMONDE, is offering a free 45-minute webinar on May 12 at 2PM called "Museum & Attraction Social Strategies: What We've Learned During COVID-19."  

    About This Webinar

    Museums and Attractions around the country have been doing amazing things to grow engagement on social during this pandemic. We’ll take you through different examples and strategies that you can do on social now and post-COVID-19. Topics will include Facebook groups, utilizing Facebook and Instagram live and YouTube, hashtag trends, targeted business ads, and more. There will also be time at the end for Q&A to brainstorm ideas or ask questions about the different social platforms.

    Agenda

    • Facebook Groups
    • Going Live
    • Hashtag Trends
    • Engaging Content
    • Paid Ads

    For more info and to register: https://www.bigmarker.com/vamonde/Museum-Social-Strategies-What-We-ve-Learned-During-COVID-19

    Museum & Attraction Social Strategies: What We've Learned During COVID-19

  • 24 Apr 2020 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEH Announces CARES Act Funding

    Application Deadline: May 11
    Maximum Funding: $300,000
    Period of Performance: June 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020
    Application Length: 3 pages, single-spaced
    More Information at: https://www.neh.gov/program/neh-cares-cultural-organizations

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit humanities sector is an essential component of America's economic and civic life.  The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received supplemental funding to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus.  In keeping with Congress's intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. 
    NEH invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus.  Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 21 Apr 2020 3:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New England Museum Association is currently gathering information about the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak on museums' economic and educational plans; specifically losses in revenue, employment, and educational opportunities. They will be analyzing and sharing this data regionally and on a state-by-state basis, with museum colleagues as well as press and state agencies. All data will be anonymized. The survey will close on April 28, 2020.

    The more data that we are able to collect the more robust the results will be.

    The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/museumimpacts


  • 13 Apr 2020 6:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IMLS Announces New Stimulus Funding for Communities Across America 

    $30 Million Infusion to Provide Emergency Relief Through State Libraries 

    Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced measures to award the first $30 million of $50 million appropriated to the agency in the CARES Act. 


    The $30 million in the funding phase announced today will be distributed to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and the Freely Associated States based on population. The agency is allocating these grants through its most significant in-place funding vehicle for all states and territories, State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), who are encouraged to use all available mechanisms to reach museum and tribal partners, as well as traditionally eligible libraries. 


    These funds are in addition to previously announced measures to support the urgent needs of museums, libraries, their staff, and the communities they serve. On April 6, IMLS authorized new flexibilities for its nearly 1,300 open awards in response to the impact of COVID-19. 


    “Together, we must address this challenge in the places most affected by coronavirus,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “This pandemic has highlighted the fact that people in rural and tribal communities, as well as those in high-poverty areas or remote regions lacking access to broadband, have been disproportionately affected. We must target these funds to provide job, health, economic, and other high-impact relief, and this funding round focuses on providing efficient, urgent help to citizens across the nation.” 


    States and territories will be able to use the funds to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services to citizens to address digital inclusion efforts and related technical support, using the following types of data to prioritize efforts: 


    • Poverty/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); 
    • Unemployment; and 
    • Broadband availability. 


    “The urgent expansion of broadband access and digital services enables people to connect to the health, community, government, and job information so critical today, and to the other programs and services that play an enhanced role in the current health emergency,” said Kemper. “While we are distributing these funds through State Library Administrative Agencies, we urge museums and related organizations to partner with libraries in this vital endeavor.”  


    IMLS will provide additional details and anticipated timelines of this funding availability directly to SLAAs. The agency also plans to announce additional measures to aid museums and libraries, both through its current funding and that received through the CARES Act. 


    More information is available at imls.gov/coronavirus. For the latest information, subscribe to IMLS news updates. 


  • 07 Apr 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce $14 million in African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants to fund 51 projects across 20 states and the District of Columbia. These projects will preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century. Grant-supported projects include surveys and documentation, interpretation and education, oral histories, architectural services, historic structure reports, planning, and physical preservation.


    Projects receiving grants this year will preserve resources, places, and stories like the Shepard Library at Stillman College, the Albert Kahn House in Detroit, Michigan, and the Greenwood Center buildings in Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Grant projects also include surveys across the country from Montgomery, Alabama to Muskegon, Michigan to identify lesser-known civil rights sites.


    We've provided a breakdown of all 51 projects in a table at the bottom of this email. For more information about the African American Civil Rights Grant Program visit the program page on our website.

    Learn about AACR

    For more information about all of our other programs supported by the Historic Preservation Fund visit our website.

    Visit our Website

  • 07 Apr 2020 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IMLS Authorizes New Grant Flexibilities for Libraries, Museums

    How Awardees Can Address Urgent Needs Caused by COVID-19

    WASHINGTON, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the first of a number of critical measures to aid museums, libraries, and communities across the nation in response to COVID-19.


    The new guidelines outline how institutions with open IMLS grants may adapt their existing funds to address immediate needs and extend timelines for their work to accommodate the disruption caused by coronavirus. Examples include continuing to employ staff, modifying project activities to align with social distancing requirements, and covering basic costs necessary to resume community work once the emergency has passed.  


    “Today, IMLS begins the initial phase of our response to the COVID-19 emergency with new guidelines for our existing available funds,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “We are determined to respond as quickly as possible, and that these funds have a direct, positive impact on museum and library operations and employment, and through that, on their communities.” 


    IMLS committed to working with grantees to provide the maximum flexibility allowed by our governing authorities. For the complete guidelines, please visit the FAQ page on the IMLS website. Topics addressed include:


    • Continuing to charge salaries and benefits to a currently active award if the work specified in the award cannot be performed due to disruption caused by COVID-19;


    • Charging costs associated with the cancellation of project events, travel, or other activities;


    • Due date extensions for reports and audits; and


    • No-cost extensions for awards.


    For questions about submitting new applications, please visit the FAQ page or contact an IMLS program staff member listed on the grant program page. Please note that there are new application deadlines for five library services programs.


    On March 27, the CARES Act allocated $50 million in funding for IMLS to address the COVID-related digital divide. More information on the availability of these funds will be forthcoming. For the latest information, subscribe to IMLS news and visit imls.gov/coronavirus.


  • 30 Mar 2020 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Federal Government Invests $50M in Museums, Libraries to Address Digital Divide During COVID-19 

    CARES Act Designates Funds to Expand Local Internet and Technology Access 

    Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the President has signed the CARES Act, which designates $50 million in coronavirus response funding for IMLS. Following passage in the House of Representatives earlier today, both chambers of Congress approved of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion response to the growing pandemic.  


    The emergency investment allocated to IMLS will enable libraries and museum to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities. 


    “As Americans are sheltering in place, working from home, and isolating themselves from all but their closest family, the digital divide only deepens,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “The need for access to information about the virus, government actions, and community safety messages in addition to telemedicine, job, and unemployment resources is crucial. This funding sustains our most trusted institutions as they provide vitally important information and useful tools to our citizensIMLS is committed to channeling this much needed grant-based funding as quickly as possible to help the impacted library and museum sectors as they continue to support their communities.” 


    Summaries of the legislation can be found here and here. For more information, please visit imls.gov


  • 30 Mar 2020 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEH Receives $75 Million to Distribute to Cultural Institutions Affected by Coronavirus 

    National economic stabilization bill provides emergency relief to humanities organizations  

    Cultural stimulus package includes $30 million for state and jurisdictional humanities councils 

     

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 27, 2020) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will receive $75 million in supplemental funding to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress and signed into law today by President Donald J. Trump.  

    “Our federal agency will work around the clock to ensure that these vital funds immediately reach large and small cultural organizations, as well as educators, curators, scholars, filmmakers, and other humanists,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “Telecommuting from more than 150 residences,” said Chairman Peede, “the NEH staff are committed to doing their part to help sustain the $878-billion arts and cultural economic sector, which accounts for 4.5 percent of our nation's gross domestic product (GDP).” 

    As detailed in the Supplemental Funding FAQ on the NEH website, this emergency funding will support at-risk humanities positions and projects at museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, colleges and universities, and other cultural nonprofits that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. Anchoring the domestic creative economy, museums and historic sites are reporting losses of $1 billion a month as education programs, exhibitions, festivals, and other events have been canceled. 

    Approximately 40 percent of the appropriation, or $30 million, will go directly to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils to support local cultural nonprofits and educational programming. Through the regranting of federal support, the councils reach an estimated annual audience of 137 million people across the world. 

    NEH and its national humanities partners will work together to contextualize the global impact of the coronavirus in relation to other cataclysmic events, such as plagues, natural disasters, and world wars that significantly altered human society. 

    “It is through the humanities that we rediscover generation after generation ‘the better angels of our nature,’ to quote President Lincoln from another time of turmoil. Indeed, it is through the humanities that we preserve such words—and, on our best days, embody them,” Chairman Peede said. “To the extent that healing is to come during and after this pandemic, it will be through humanities fields from philosophy to literature to history to religious studies—through the act of documenting, preserving, sharing, and reflecting—that our communities will move toward a greater sense of wholeness.” 

    The $75 million supplemental funding is in addition to NEH’s FY20 appropriation of $162.25 million. 

     

    National Endowment for the HumanitiesCreated in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.  


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