Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Program: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (CFDA Number: 45.308); Eligibility: Tribes, Native Hawaiian villages (K-12 schools, libraries and tribal colleges are eligible to participate as partners); Funding (TBA): last year, IMLS distributed $972,000 in 20 awards of up to $50,000 each (no match required); Deadline (tentative): December (the solicitation should be release later this year).
Summary: Funds support K-12 school-based projects. The competition funds programming at Native America libraries. Applications which promote enhanced learning and innovation within museums and museum related organizations, such as cultural centers, are encouraged. Overall, the program provides opportunities for Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge by strengthened museum services.
School-based projects have benefited. The Comanche Indian Tribe, Lawton, OK, won a $50,000 grant to develop educational programs teaching the Comanche way of life to Texas elementary and middle school students. The effort is a partnership between the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center and the Museum of Texas Tech U. A list of past grantees is at: https://goo.gl/3xwsne