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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.

$125,000  or less in annual operating expenses

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

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

More than $1 million in annual operating expenses

Other possible costs:

  • $1,350 to add a second peer reviewer (optional)
  • Peer reviewer site visit travel expenses that exceed the cap set by MAP
  • Costs for food or beverage for when the peer reviewer(s) is on-site
  • Postage, photocopying, printing, and long-distance telephone charges

What you get

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

  • The time, expertise, and travel expenses for one peer museum professional to visit your museum for one to three days to offer guidance and consultation
  • A written report of the peer reviewer’s findings and recommendations, with prioritized next steps and resources
  • Self-Study materials: a detailed workbook with questions and activities
  • An online MAP Portal with customized presentations, activities, and resources to help you through each step of the MAP experience
  • An essential set of books targeted to your assessment type
  • MAP staff guidance and feedback
  • A certificate of completion

*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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