Museums for America

 

The goal of the Museums for America (MFA) program is to strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance its mission, plans, and strategic goals and objectives.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
45.301
Federal Agency/Office
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2015 202 awards made in FY15
Authorization
Museum and Library Services Act (20 USC CHAPTER 72).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply. For more information about eligibility requirements, visit http://www.imls.gov/applicants/museums.aspx.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public and private non-profit museums. Through activities and projects funded, beneficiaries include the general public.
Credentials/Documentation
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR Part 200 applies to this program. As part of the president's E-government initiative, the federal government developed Grants.gov, a single Web site for organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all 26 of the federal grant-making agencies. Beginning with the 2008 grant cycle, the Institute required all applicants to apply online through Grants.gov. Applicants who are unable to use Grants.gov should contact an IMLS program officer. The Institute no longer accepts mailed paper applications. For more information on the process of applying through Grants.gov, visit www.grants.gov/GetStarted.
Award Procedure
Proposals are reviewed by field and/or panel reviewers, staff, and the director.
Deadlines
December 1, 2015 December 1, 2015.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately nine months.
Appeals
Appeals may be made in writing to the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Renewals
The Institute of Museum and Library Services may extend particular grants at the discretion of the director.
How are proposals selected?
See Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Consult the current funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for complete information (www.imls.gov). Grant funds must be used for the purposes outlined in the relevant guidelines or program announcement, and in accordance with the Institute of Museum and Library Services General Terms and Conditions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Grant recipients will be required to maintain standard financial statements and project records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Awards will not exceed $150,000; awards of $25,000 or less do not require matching; awards of more than $25,000 must be matched one-to-one, but the match may include in-kind contributions. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects may be carried out for a period of up to 36 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Direct payments for a specialized use upon request. Direct payments for a specialized use upon request.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Connie Bodner
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW
Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20024 US
cbodner@imls.gov
Phone: 202-653-4636
Website Address
http://www.imls.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
59-0301-0-1-503
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 15$20,200,000.00; FY 16 est $21,457,000.00; FY 17 est $20,200,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Between $5,000 and $150,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See the IMLS website at www.imls.gov for the latest program data.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015 Visit the IMLS website at www.imls.gov to search awarded grants.
Fiscal Year 2016 Visit the IMLS website at www.imls.gov to search awarded grants.