It is lucky for all of us that there is so much funding available for the preservation of the worlds beautiful artworks and collections. These treasure troves of information and resources are always in danger of having to close due to a lack of funds because from local galleries to national collections and everything in between, it can cost a good bit of money to keep a museum of any kind up and running. This is where finding museum grants can come in most handy.
The cost of running a museum can be staggering when you figure in the need for physical space, for acquisitions, for maintenance, display and restoration. All of this adds up rather quickly. Luckily there are a good number of organizations and foundations and even government agencies that are dedicated to making sure that museums stay open.
What Kind of Museum Grants are There?
Sometimes it is truly amazing to realize just how much money there is available for helping to defray the cost of running a museum. These grants come from a wide variety of sources from individual donations to government funds that are set aside for museums in need. Let’s take a look at some of the programs that offer grant money to museums.
IMLS. IMLS is dedicated to advancing museums innovation as well as broadening cultural and civic perspective. Specifically IMLS supports those museums dedicated to national concern programs and information. For more information, see: IMLS
The Getty Foundation. The Getty Foundation provides strategic grants and programs for research, conservation, and education as well as professional development of museum staff. For more information, please visit: Getty Grant
National Endowment for the Arts. The National Endowment for the Arts is perhaps one of the best known sources for funding for museums. Here you will find support for a broad range of types of organizations that preserve art and information and exhibit them to the public. For more information specifically regarding those programs from the National endowment for the Arts that relate to museum upkeep and museum staff education, please visit: National Endowment for the Arts Grants
ACHP. The Federal Financial Assistance for Historic Preservation Projects: Cultural and Arts Programs. This particular organization is a form of Federal funding that supports projects that are related to the arts and humanities, specifically for museum development and maintenance. Whether you are looking to set up a museum or are looking to maintain a museum, you can most likely find financial funding for your project here. For more information on this particular assistance program, please go to: ACHP Cultural and Arts Programs
With help from these and other organizations and government funded programs, the future of America’s museums is looking brighter than it ever has before.