Is my museum eligible to apply?

All types of museums are eligible for MAP. Museums that are eligible to apply will be accepted into the program as space allows.

To participate, a museum must:

  • be organized for educational or aesthetic purposes.
  • own or use tangible objects and exhibit these objects on a regular basis through facilities it owns or operates.
  • be a unit of state or local government or a 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization.
  • have at least one staff member or the full-time equivalent, paid or unpaid, whose responsibilities relate solely to the museum’s services and operations.
  • be open and provide museum services to the public at least 90 days in the current or preceding year.
  • be located in the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

A museum operated within a multipurpose public or private nonprofit organization may apply on its own behalf if it:

  • is able to independently fulfill all the requirements for eligibility.
  • functions as a discrete unit within the parent organization.
  • has its own fully segregated and itemized operating budget.
  • has the authority to apply on its own.

When any of the last three conditions cannot be met, the parent organization may submit an application for one or more of its museums.

Is my museum eligible to apply for the same type of MAP again?

Museums previously awarded an IMLS-funded MAP assessment are eligible to apply again for the same type of assessment if seven years have passed since the original assessment. Organizations that received their IMLS award on or before Sept. 30, 2005, are eligible to participate for 2012.

What if my museum does not meet the requirements?

Museums not eligible for IMLS funding may apply for Flexible Participation. For more details, contact MAP staff.