The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program promotes enhanced learning and innovation within museums and museum related organizations, such as cultural centers. The program provides opportunities for Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge by strengthened museum services in the following areas:
* Programming: Services and activities that support the educational mission of museums and museum-related organizations
* Professional development: Education or training that builds skills, knowledge, or other professional capacity for persons, either paid or volunteer, who provide or manage museum service activities
* Enhancement of museum services: Support for activities that enable and improve museum services
Eligible applicants include federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native Villages and Corporations, and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. Entities such as museums, libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of the program and their staff may serve as project directors, in partnership with eligible applicants. Eligibility criteria are listed in full under Program Guidelines, available at http://www.imls.gov/applicants/native_american_native_hawaiian_museum_guidelines.aspx.
Applicants may request between $5,000 and $50,000. There are no matching funds required. Proposals are due April 2, 2012. For more information on the program and for information on an upcoming webinar, please visit, http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=17 .