Museum Association
of Arizona

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Kresge Foundation 
Arts & Culture Grants

Focuses on Creative Placemaking, an approach to community development and urban planning that integrates arts, culture, and community-engaged design strategies. Grants are made in three specific focus areas: national networks; local systems, and place-based initiatives.
Deadline: On-going

The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation
Supports nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities the company serves in Arizona, California, and Nevada. The Foundation's areas of interest include health and wellness, education, hunger relief, disaster relief, and team sports and youth development. Requests may be submitted throughout the year.

The Terra Foundation
Re-envisioning Permanent Collections

Support projects that engage permanent collections in order to offer more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive histories of American art and visitor experiences. Grants will offset planning and/or implementation costs for permanent collection reinstallations and temporary exhibitions drawn primarily from a museum’s permanent collection or that join other collections’ holdings
Amount: $25,000 to $75,000
Deadline: November 2, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Arizona Humanities
Project Grants

Support public programming in the humanities.
Amount: up to $10,000
Deadline: November 2, 2020 (Intent to Apply)

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Museums Empowered

Funds  the professional development of museum staff, leadership, and volunteers to enhance their skills and ensure the highest standards in all aspects of museum operations. Potential projects should involve multiple levels of staff and generate organizational change.
Amount: $5,000–$250,000 (1:1 match)
Deadline: November 16, 2020.

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Museums for America

Supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public in the areas of Life-Long Learning, Community Anchors, and Collections Stewardship and Access
Amount: $5,000 to $25,000
Deadline: November 16, 2020. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans including supporting partnerships aimed at assessing and addressing the needs of their communities; strengthening the role of museums as trusted stewards of the collections in their care; and/or expanding access to collections and associated resources.
Amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Deadline: November 16, 2020. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Leadership Grants for Museums

Supports projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession  in the areas of Collections Stewardship and Access, Data and Evaluation,  Digital Platforms and Applications, Diversity and Inclusion and Professional Development
Amount: $50,000 to $1,000,000
Deadline: November 16, 2020. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Supports projects that nurture museum professionals, build institutional capacity, and increase access to museum and archival collections at African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Amount: $5,000 to $250,000
Deadline: November 16, 2020. 

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services

Supports Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship.
Amount: $5,000 to $100,000
Deadline: November 16, 2020

Society of American Archivists Foundation
Strategic Growth Grants

Projects that meet the strategic planning priorities of the Society of American Archivists and/or the mission and goals of the SAA Foundation.
Amount: $500 to $5,000,
Deadline: December 1, 2020 (Letter of Inquiry) 

National Endowment for the Arts
Big Read Grant

Supports dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read selection. Each community program that receives an NEA Big Read grant is also provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As.
Amount: $5,000 to $15,000
Deadline: January 27, 2021

Institute for Museum and Library Studies and American Alliance of Museums
Museum Assessment Program

Funds a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities, and consultative peer review with a site visit and recommendations in one of five areas: Organizational; Collections Stewardship; Education & Interpretation; Community and Audience Engagement; Board Leadershi.
Deadline: February 1, 2021.


Museum Association of Arizona

P.O. Box 63902,
Phoenix, Arizona 85082

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