Grants, Awards & Competitions
We take pride in recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations who have dedicated themselves to excellence within, and support of, the museum field.
Strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities. Museums ConnectSM is made possible by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums.
A listing of upcoming grant opportunities from a variety of federal agencies.
Deadline: Dec. 9, 2016
Recognizes outstanding and innovative label writing in museums, zoos, aquariums, universities and libraries.
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2016
Recognizes an individual, other than someone working directly with museum education programs, for efforts on behalf of public education and community service.
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2017
Recognizes outstanding achievement in the exhibition format from all types of museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and any other types of noncommercial institutions offering exhibitions to the public.
Deadline: Jan. 30, 2017
This award honors a museum professional with less than ten years experience in the museum field. It recognizes a specific achievement that has benefited either the honoree’s home institution or the museum field in general. Deadline: Jan. 30, 2017
Recognizes an individual's excellence and contributions to the museum profession for at least 20 years.
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017
This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates exemplary service to the public through the practice of education in a museum.
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017 Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017
This award recognizes exemplary creativity in museum educational programming.
The award for published resources recognizes outstanding resources in print or print/multimedia formats.
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017
The award will go to either an individual or team in conjunction with a program, resource, or media piece, and could include a museum program done in the community outside the museum walls.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Recognizes outstanding achievement in Galleries, Libraries, Archives or Museums (GLAM) media. Presented to institutions or independent producers who use digital media to enhance the GLAM experience and engage audiences, the MUSE awards celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education and inclusiveness.
Deadline: January 31, 2017
The purpose of this recognition program is to educate, facilitate, and encourage green practice and to acknowledge and celebrate leaders in environmental sustainability.
Issued to a museum professional who has demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the registration profession
Deadline: June 16, 2017
The only national, juried competition of its kind, winners are chosen for their overall design excellence, creativity and ability to express an institution’s personality, mission or special features.
The Brooking competition recognized innovative accomplishments that produced new ways of thinking and seeing within the museum field. Papers described examples of creativity in any aspect of museum operations, from collections, programs and exhibitions to finance, marketing and administration—or anything in between.