Museum Grant/Fundraising/Development Resources
Association of Fundraising Professionals.
This site provides information on fund-raising ethics and certification,
as well as links to other Web sites of interest to fund raisers.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant finding opportunities.
U.S. Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)
This act replaces the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency
Act. The grants are allocated through the states. Contact your state Department
of Transportation for further information on the requirements. Museums
come under the "Transportation Enhancement Activities" provision (funded
at over $600 million annually) of the act. The process typically takes
two years to complete. (Note: USS Cobia, Tug Luna and Army Corps of Engineers
dredge William M. Black were among HNSA Fleet Members who received grants
under the former Act) The TEA-21. A guide to the program, "Building on
the Past, Traveling to the Future: A Preservationist's Guide to the ISTEA
Transportation Enhancement Provision" has been jointly produced by the
National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Federal Highway Administration.
It is available for free from the Trust. Call (202) 588-6296. The Government
and Public Affairs office of the American Association of Museums at (202)
289-9125 can also provide information on this program. Successful applicants
for TEA-21 grants include Tug Luna and SS City of Milwaukee.
U.S. National Park Service (Heritage Preservation Services) Grants.
The "Save America's Treasures" Millennium Grants Program includes
monies to be awarded competitively for preservation or
conservation of nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts
and historic properties.
The Maritime Heritage Grants program has been unfunded for several years, but this could change.
U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities.
U.S. National Endowment for the Arts.
National Historical Publications and Records Grants from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
Museum Services Grants Awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library
The IMLS awards a series of grants to museums annually. They include
General Operating Support, Museum Assessment Program, Conservation Project
Support, Conservation Assessment Program and National Leadership for Museums
grants. A number of HNSA Fleet Members have received these grants in years
past. Most recently, in 2000 the Wisconsin Maritime Museum with USS
Cobia received a General Operating Support Grant of $104,671.
The Foundation Center.
This is a national organization that produces a set of publications
listing available foundation and corporate grants. It is a comprehensive
summary. The Center also produces a "Foundation Grants Index" on CD-ROM
that allows you to click through their database of 100,000 grants to target
foundations by the grants they have already made. The printed directories
are found in the reference sections of many city libraries. The Center's
Web site provides information about purchasing the CD-ROM. By clicking
on Cooperating Collections on their home page you can find the nearest
library in your state holding the directories. The Foundation Center's
phone number is (800) 424-9836.
Ship-Type Organization Grants.
The Naval Submarine League makes grants to submarine museums; Tin Can
Sailors, Inc. to private nonprofit museums with destroyers; and the USN
Cruiser Sailors Association to cruiser museums. All three organizations
are Associate Members of HNSA.
Conservation Assessment Program Grants.
CAP is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and
by Heritage Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the care
of collections. CAP provides funds for small to mid-sized museums
in the U.S. to hire a professional conservator, approved by Heritage
for a two-day visit. The CAP assessor examines the museum's collections,
environmental conditions, and sites. The assessor then prepares a
report recommending priorities to improve collections care. Grants
are awarded to eligible applicants on a non-competitive, first-come,
basis. The 2002 CAP applications are available on Heritage Preservation's
Web site at
To be added to Heritage Preservation's CAP mailing list, contact Heritage
Preservation by mail, phone, fax or e-mail. It is recommended that
potential applicants request a sample application to review the eligibility
requirements and prepare for the application process. For further
information contact CAP Program Assistant Cindy Olsen at Heritage Preservation,
1730 K St., NW, Suite 566, Washington, DC 20006-3836, phone (202) 634-1422,
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