Museum Assistance Grant Program
Planning and Assessment Grants
Planning and Assessment Grants provide support for institutional planning and assessments offered by outside professional organizations, such as the American Association of Museums. This competitive program, offered once per year, is supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly. The amount available for award is not known until the General Assembly adopts the State budget in early April.
To ensure that your proposal will be competitive, MHT strongly encourages applicants to discuss your project parameters and budgets with MHT staff before developing a proposal. Applicants should closely read the application guidelines and instructions [hyperlink to document] prior to submission to ensure that your application is complete.
For further information, contact Mary Alexander, Director, Museum Assistance Program, at (410)-514-7622.
If you are a current grantee looking for information about reporting requirements, payment requests, contract questions, or other issues related to grant administration, please click here.
- Engaging an outside consultant to assist with institutional planning including strategic plans, interpretive plans, or development (fund-raising) plans
- Participation in outside professional assessment programs (those of the American Association of Museums, American Association for State and Local History, Heritage Preservation, and Maryland Association of Non-profit Organizations are most common
- Museum projects that do not support building institutional capacities
See the current year’s application for a complete list of eligible and ineligible activities as well as for a list of current funding priorities.
Only nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions may apply for MHT Museum Assistance Program grant funding.
- Museums must have been open to the public on a regular basis for three years.
- Nonprofit organizations must be in good standing with the State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, be qualified to do business in Maryland, and have the legal capacity and authority to incur obligations under the grant program. Contact the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to determine your organization’s status.
Planning and Assessment grant awards do not exceed $5,000.
Matching funds are desirable, but not required.
Application Process and Timeline
Museum Assistance grant awards are made once annually. A panel of Maryland museum professionals reviews and ranks applications and presents their recommendations to the MHT Board of Trustees. The Board reviews the proposed awards and makes a recommendation to the Secretary of Planning for final approval of each grant.
Specific dates for submission vary from year to year, but follow this general schedule:
- September – series of three grant workshops announcing availability of grants
- October – Grant applications available on the MHT website
- Early December – One page “Intent to Apply” Form due
- End of March – Completed applications due
- April –June – Applications are reviewed
- July – Award announcement made
- August—September – Development of grant agreement between grantee and MHT
- October – Project starts
Current, board approved long range plans are required of all applicants for all other Museum Assistance Program grants.
This page updated: April 21, 2009
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