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Grant-in-Aid (GIA)

The Grant-in-Aid Program is Open!

Application and Notification Period

The Grant-in-Aid application period is open from April 1, 2021 through June 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

The application period for FY 22 is closed. 

Applicants will be notified of the award decision sometime after July 5.

Grant Awards & Use of Funds

ASM provides Alaska museums or museum-support organizations with Grant-in-Aid (GIA) awards for projects that supplement or improve the services that a museum provides. Organizations can use grant awards for operations (Relief Grant) or for projects (Mini-Grant). Projects can be related to collections, exhibits, education, outreach, and organizational development. GIA funds can be used to purchase supplies and equipment, pay for contractual services and personnel, or other items necessary to support or improve museum services and operations. GIA provides funding for professional development or training, but only if the training directly supports the specific project outlined in an application.

No more than 10% of a project budget can fund administrative (in-direct) expenses.

GIA funds will not be provided for projects designed to restore historic sites and structures, for collection acquisitions, or for costs incurred prior to the date of the grant award letter.

The Museum will provide official notification of the grant award by letter sometime after July 1. The grant award letter may set stipulations on the content and/or cost of the project, based on the application and panel review.

Accounting Calendar

Projects should be complete by June 30. Final accounting is due on or before June 30. Accounting forms will be emailed in mid-May. Receipts for all expenditures should be kept and copies submitted with your accounting.

  • June 2: Written request for an extension must be submitted for approval if project cannot be completed by June 30
  • June 30: Deadline for completion of projects and submission of final accounting
  • October 31: Deadline for submission of final accounting for extended projects

Any GIA accounting reports not submitted by June 30 will make the organization ineligible for funding until reports are submitted and the grant is closed.

Other Grants for Museums

Visit the Resources for Alaska Museums Guide for a list of museum grant opportunities.