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  • 18 May 2020 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The COVID-19 global pandemic has left many archival workers financially vulnerable as institutions shut their doors and contract work disappears. In response, an ad hoc group of concerned archivists, in partnership with the SAA Foundation, established the AWE Fund to provide immediate support to archival workers in the United States, particularly those in contingent positions, who are disproportionately affected by this crisis and its financial impact.

    The fund has already raised over $80,000 thanks to a generous seed grant from the SAA Foundation and momentum from over 450 individual donors. This has allowed the fund to provide financial support to 77 archival workers with a concrete message that the archival community has one another’s backs. They want to ensure news about this fund reaches all corners of the profession.

    To learn more about the fund, please visit the SAA site here:

  • 13 May 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IMLS, SBA Offer Webinar On the Paycheck Protection Program for Museums, Libraries  

    IMLS, SBA Webinar Now Available On-Demand 

    As Small Business Administration (SBA) Phase 2 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding remains available, IMLS hosted SBA Economic Development Coordinator Noah Brod in a webinar discussing PPP issues most relevant to museum and library communities.  

    The webinar is now available on-demand on the IMLS website. Mr. Brod’s presentation addresses PPP issues pertaining to eligibility, payroll costs, and forgiveness calculations, as well as questions concerning unique business organizational structures. Along with the most up-to-date SBA guidance available, the webinar features a Q&A segment addressing PPP-related concerns specific to museum and library communities.

    For more information, please visit the IMLS website and subscribe to email updates.

    Photo courtesy of High Desert Museum

    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 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 12 May 2020 5:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Rooted in Rights

    “Social distancing and stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 have forced arts and cultural organizations to convert many performances, events, and programs to virtual, online platforms, which has repercussions for people with disabilities. As we rebuild from the devastating economic effects of the pandemic, we need to ensure that accessibility solutions are included in creating our new virtual and in-person programs."

    For more info and to register:

  • 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 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.


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

    For more info and to register:

    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:

    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:

  • 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 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.

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