Museum Assessment Program
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer. IMLS-funded MAP grants are non-competitive and provide $4,000 of consultative resources and services to participating museums.
MAP provides guidance and growth in the following areas:
- prioritization of goals
- focus on mission and planning
- communications between staff, board and other constituents
- credibility with potential funders and donors
The program offers four assessments:
- Collections Stewardship
- Community Engagement
- Leadership (full cost only)
Each assessment can be completed in less than a year. Costs to participate range from free to $750. Applications are accepted twice per year by deadlines of July 1 or December 1.
MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance.