Subject: Education, Youth Development | Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
"The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Project results – be they success, failure, or a combination thereof – should offer valuable information to the museum field and the potential for improvement in the ways museums serve their communities."
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Eligibility: "Must be either a unit of State or local government or be a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code. Must qualify as one of the following: (A) A museum that, using a professional staff, is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes; owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects; and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates; (B) An organization or association that engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of museums and the museum profession; (C) An institution of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities; or (D) A public or private nonprofit agency which is responsible for the operation of a museum."
Amount: $10,000 - $25,000