SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums is accepting online applications for museum grants until 5 p.m. on March 29, 2013. The purpose of these grants is to help museums develop and execute projects to increase knowledge of professional skills in accepted museum practices; to better preserve, exhibit and interpret their collections; and to better serve their communities.
Examples of previously funded projects include: collections management, storage and cataloging, including purchase of collection management software; exhibit planning and fabrication; education programs; building maintenance and renovation; marketing and public relations; and temporary staff to carry out the project.
“Utah museums are a crucial force in the state’s cultural life,” said Margaret Hunt, Utah Arts & Museums Director. “More than four million patrons are engaged and informed by Utah museums each year. We’re pleased to offer this funding to help museums reach their goals.”
There are two grant categories for museums. Development grants are for museums open fewer than 1,000 hours per year, with a maximum award of $1,000. Project Support grants have a maximum award of $6,000 and require some level of matching funds. Museums must be Certified Utah Museums to be eligible to apply. Certification is simple, free and lasts for two years.
Grant guidelines are available at artsandmuseums.utah.gov under “Opportunities” and then “Grants and Funding,” and they give detailed information about accessing the online grants system. Applications are reviewed by the Utah Arts & Museums Office of Museum Services Advisory Board.
For more information about Utah Arts & Museums grants, please contact Katie Woslager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801.236.7550, or visit Utah Arts & Museums at artsandmuseums.utah.gov.
About Utah Arts & Museums
Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.