The Alaska State Museum awards grants to Alaska museums and museum-related organizations, such as historical societies or support groups, for projects that improve the quality of museum services and operations within the state. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis once a year.
Contingent upon funding by the Legislature, the Alaska State Museums will award grants to Alaska museums and museum-related agencies for projects scheduled to take place between July 1 and June 30 of the following year. Museums can apply for a Regular Grant of up to $12,500 or a Mini-Grant of up to $2000. Museums can only apply for one grant per year. Each grant has a separate application form.
Please contact Anjuli Grantham, Curator of Statewide Services, if you have other questions about the GIA program or would like guidance on submitting a GIA application.
The Grant-in-Aid application period will be open from April 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
The Museum will provide official notification of the grant award by letter 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.
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 projects related to collections, exhibits, education, outreach, and organizational development. GIA funds can be used to purchase supplies and equipment, pay for contractual services or personnel, or other items necessary to support and 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.
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.
Any GIA accounting reports not submitted by June 30 will make the organization ineligible for funding until reports are submitted and the account is closed.