During this period MANY will offer “Mini-Grants” and “Travel Grants.” This program replaces Get Ready, Get Set, Go! the Grants for Museum Advancement.
Mini-Grants of up to $5,000 are available to work on a modest planning or implementation project. While a match is not required, applicants are encouraged to show other contributions to their project through staff time or other funds. Applicants must be able to articulate why this project is a current priority for their museum, and how it moves the organization forward. The grants cannot be used as a match for a NYSCA application, nor duplicate any NYSCA request. Grant funds may also not be used to support the salary of current staff or for any capital projects.
Projects may involve, but are not limited to: board, audience, membership, or program development; strategic or long-range planning; staff training, marketing, exhibitions, collections, or museum education. Traditional consultancies as well as mentoring relationships are welcome. Deadlines are February 16 and May 1, 2015. More information on Mini-Grants is available online.
In addition to mini-grants, NYSCA and MANY Travel Grants are available to provide museum staff and volunteers the opportunity to expand their horizons through the support of travel to other museums or professional conferences and workshops. Institutions may apply for grants of up to $1,000 to support travel and/or registration fees for single or multiple participants between January 1 and June 30, 2015. You may submit one application for multiple participants to partake of the same professional development opportunity. More information on Travel Grants can be found here.