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MAP Costs and Services

Through a Cooperative Agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alliance is able to offer MAP assessments at a low cost to museums that meet the eligibility criteria. The participation fee is based on your annual operating expenses and is due at the beginning of the MAP process.

$0 – $125,000 in annual operating expenses

$125,000 – $400,000 in annual operating expenses

$400,000 – $1 million in annual operating expenses

$1.1 million – $5 million in annual operating expenses

Greater than $5 Million

Other possible costs:

  • $1,650 to add a second peer reviewer (optional)
  • Costs for food or beverage for when the peer reviewer(s) is on-site
  • Postage, photocopying, printing, and telephone/internet charges
  • Expenses associated with conducting any MAP Activities

What You Get

MAP includes the following services, valued at approximately $4,000-$6,000*

  • MAP Materials: Workbook & Activities
  • Access to an online MAP Portal with customized presentations, activities, and resources to help you through each step of the MAP experience
  • Assessment Report: a written report of the Peer Reviewer’s findings and recommendations, with prioritized next steps and resources
  • The time, expertise, and travel expenses (transportation, meals, incidentals, lodging) for one Peer Reviewer to visit your museum for one to three days to offer guidance and consultation on site
  • Peer Reviewer’s honorarium
  • A dedicated MAP Program Officer for support, guidance, and feedback


*Your museum’s MAP participation is IMLS funded but is not a grant. AAM does not disperse any money to your museum. AAM receives grant funding from IMLS to deliver this comprehensive program and service to your museum

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