Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Program: 2016 Sparks! Ignition Museum Grants (CFDA Number: 45.312); Eligibility: Nonprofits, schools, museums and institutions of higher education (children’s and youth museums are encouraged to apply); Funding (Tentative): Up to 10 awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each; Deadline (Estimated): February.
Summary: officials tell us to anticipate a NOFA in the fall with a December deadline.
Grants support innovative literacy and cultural programs. The grants provide targeted investments for high-risk, innovative programs attempting to solve problems faced by cultural heritage institutions, museums and libraries. Youth programs have won support. The IMLS made a $25,000 Sparks Grant to the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA) Museum Of Contemporary Art for a digital app for iPads called “You Are the Artist!” for children three to six years old. The U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC, won a grant for a greenhouse-garden-on-wheels to provide a bedside field trip for hospitalized children at the UNC Hospital. For a complete list of prior grantees, go to: http://tinyurl.com/7544h27