Proposal Packet and Forms
Museums Connect has a three-phase proposal process. Download the proposal packet for full details about the program and instructions for applying. For forms and templates, download Appendix I (Word) and Appendix II (Excel).
Phase I - Profile and Partnering
All U.S. and non-U.S. museums must submit a profile form before proceeding to Phase II. The profile provides basic information about the museum and initial project ideas. Museums may submit a profile year round to express interest in applying; new submissions will be posted on a regular basis.
Museums also identify a partner during Phase I. Partnerships consist of at least one U.S. museum and at least one non-U.S. museum and may be formed through existing relationships or through the museum's efforts to find a new partner. Museums searching for a new partner may do so through their own research or by contacting museums that have submitted Museums Connect profile forms.
Phase II - Statement of Intent to Propose and Embassy Endorsement
After museums have partnered and submitted profile forms, staff at the U.S. and non-U.S. museums work together to develop a 3-5 page statement of intent to propose. The statement describes the project idea and how it relates to the cycle's themes and outlines potential community partners, methods for engaging audiences and expected outcomes and outputs. U.S. museums submit statements of intent to propose on behalf of their partnerships. Museums are encouraged to submit their statements as early as possible to receive feedback from Museums Connect staff before proceeding to Phase III. The statements are nonbinding and are not subject to competitive review.
Upon receipt of the statement, Museums Connect staff works with the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest the non-U.S. museum(s) to request endorsement for the project. Embassy staff acts as allies, helping with visa procurement, project promotion and communications as necessary. Endorsement is at the discretion of the post; projects that do not receive endorsement are not eligible for an award.
View sample statements of intent to propose.
Phase III - Final Proposal
The final proposal consists of a narrative describing the project, communications plans, a calendar of activities and a budget.
Successful final proposals clearly demonstrate how the project builds on the missions and strengths of the museum partners to pioneer a new international collaboration that reaches beyond their walls to involve local communities and strengthens the relationship between citizens of the participating countries.
View sample final proposals.
Prior to applying, review eligibility criteria and grant requirements.
Learn about the types of projects Museums Connect funds.
Museums Connect staff offers tips to help you develop a strong proposal.
Projects addressing themes identified by Museums Connect receive additional consideration in the selection process.
Review selection criteria and learn what happens after you submit your proposal.