Eligibility and Requirements

Eligibility

Non-profit museums of any size and discipline are eligible to participate. To apply, museums must:

  • Have been open to the public for at least two years.

  • Have the institutional and financial capacity to complete the activities and create the outputs described in their proposal.

  • Have at least one partner. U.S. museums must partner with a non-U.S. museum and vice versa.

  • Receive endorsement from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to participate (non-U.S. museums only). Museums Connect staff facilitates the request for endorsement.

Previous recipients of a Museums Connect or Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad award may reapply if:

  • Two cycles have elapsed since the previous award (e.g., 2012 awardees are next eligible to apply for the 2015 cycle).

  • The proposed project is new and innovative rather than a continuation of the previous project.

  • The proposal features a new museum partner. Museums may not reapply with previous partners.

  • The project reaches new audiences and communities.

Requirements

  • Projects must engage museums' targeted communities as active participants rather than passive audiences. Museums Connect does not fund construction projects or projects focused primarily on staff/institutional development or capacity building, staff-to-staff exchange, traditional exhibit design or object exchange, or artist residencies.

  • Projects must include travel between participating countries.

  • Awards require a 50% cost-share match by the U.S. and non-U.S. museums together. This cost share can be made up of any combination of direct expenses (e.g., salaries and benefits, materials, supplies), indirect expenses if the U.S. museum has a federally negotiated rate and funds received from non-federal sources.

  • U.S. and non-U.S. awardees must comply with federal grant requirements and submit quarterly and final narrative and financial reports.

Full eligibility guidelines and requirements can be found in the Museums Connect proposal packet.