January 4, 2016
Museum profiles are due for museums without partners.

February 29, 2016

Museum profiles are due for museums with partners.

March 10, 2016
Statements of Intent to Propose (SIPs) are due.

May 2, 2016
Final applications are due.

Museums Connect (Arabic) 

Museos Conectados: (Español)

Russian and Chinese

Information is also available in Russian and Chinese. Please contact

Museums Connect: Building Global Communities

We are pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 cycle of Museums Connect!

Please read through all deadlines and materials prior to starting your application. 
The Museums Connect program strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities. The program’s mission is to build global communities through cross-cultural exchanges while also supporting U.S. foreign policy goals, such as youth empowerment, environmental sustainability and disability rights awareness.

 Through Museums Connect:

  • Communities in the U.S. and abroad develop a broader knowledge about and understanding of one another's cultures.
  • Museums and related arts and cultural organizations create replicable models for international collaborations that reach beyond their physical walls to directly engage members of their communities.

Awards are offered on an annual basis (contingent on funding) in amounts between $50,000 and $100,000 and require a 50% cost-share match of direct or indirect expenses. Projects must be mutually beneficial, address critical issues and themes, and include community and museum staff travel between participating countries.

Museums Connect does not fund construction or projects focused primarily on staff/institutional development or capacity building, staff-to-staff exchange, traditional exhibit design or object exchange, or artist residencies

Museums ConnectSM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the American Alliance of Museums.