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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

$125,001 – $400,000 in annual operating expenses

$400,001 – $999,999 million in annual operating expenses

$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

This 12 minute recorded presentation, “The Insider’s Guide to MAP,” covers all the details about program cost, eligibility requirements, and some of the positive institutional impacts from a few of the more than 5,000 museums that have participated in MAP.

*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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