News from the Field: Grants Watch

Illinois Association of Museum GRANT PROGRAM

IAM has historically offered small grants to members for a variety of projects. The IAM grant program is currently being reviewed by the Board of Directors with a goal that it will be reintroduced in a future budget cycle.

For more information about grants for museums, please email

Grant Opportunities:

Please contact the following organizations for more detail:

June 18, 2014: Illinois Arts Council: Arts-in-Education Residency Program

These grants provide support for artist residencies in schools and communities statewide. Residencies last from two weeks to six months. Primary and secondary educational institutions, community colleges, and local community organizations are eligible to apply, as well as four-year colleges and universities if the residency involves local K-12 student population.

July 10, 2014: National Science Foundation: Advancing Informal STEM Learning

This program provides support to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments, provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences, advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments, and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. Program office, 703-292-8616

July 24, 2014: National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works

The program supports projects that are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art; are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields or the public through unconventional solutions; and have the potential to be shared or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

August 15: Landmarks Illinois Heritage Grant

Landmarks Illinois Preservation Heritage Fund was established in 2004 to provide monetary assistance to preserve or protect significant structures or sites in the state of Illinois. Suzanne Germann, Director of Grants and Easements,(312) 922-1742 extension 225.

October 17, 2014: National Science Foundation: Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections

This program provides support to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. Anne M. Maglia, 703-292-8470.