Collections Management Fund

Museums Alaska

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2018

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 8, 2018

Applicant type: Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: Alaska

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About Museums Alaska
The mission of Museums Alaska is to maintain an association of Alaska’s museum professionals and volunteers in order to provide opportunities for improvement of museum and cultural center services in Alaska and to enhance public understanding of the purposes and functions of Alaska’s museums and cultural centers. Museums Alaska maintains a central office to receive and disburse information about museums, cultural centers and their activities, and to collect and share professional opportunities. Museums Alaska publishes the quarterly newsletter, Network, and organizes an annual meeting and conference to focus on the needs of Alaska museum professionals, volunteers, and their institutions. Museums Alaska currently administers two grant programs funded by the Rasmuson Foundation: the Art Acquisition program and the Collections Management program.

Collections Management Fund

Museums Alaska is currently accepting applications for the Collections Management grant program. The program responds to needs of the Alaska museum community to enhance collections management through professional expertise, training, and access to conservation materials and supplies. Grants will fund activities that allow organizations to build capacity in the area of collections management and conservation of collections. Eligibility is limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities, or equivalent organizations located in the state of Alaska. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed in November.  Opportunities for larger projects may be found in Rasmuson Foundation’s Tier 1 grant program.

The Collections Management Fund, established in 2013, builds on the success of the Art Acquisition Fund. The new fund was created by Rasmsuon Foundation and will be managed by Museums Alaska through 2016 with $100,000 in grants available each year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Collections Management program seeks applications for projects that will directly enhance the capacity of the applicant organization to care for collections held in the public trust.
  • Applications are accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that hold collections in the public trust, such as a museum or cultural center.
  • Applicants may only apply for one grant per cycle (two grants total per year).
  • A single application for collections management funds may incorporate activities in one or more of the following categories:
    • Supplies and equipment
      • Applicants may request funds for general collections management needs and specific project needs. 
      • Shipping costs are eligible grant expenses.
    • Training
      • Applicants may request to support training of museum staff and community participants.
      • Tuition or workshop fees for training events are eligible for funding, as well as associated training costs for providing a local training event for staff and community participants.
      • Travel costs of experts hired for specific projects and travel for Alaska museum staff to attend collections-related trainings elsewhere are eligible grant expenses. 
    • Professional Services
      • Applicants may request support for specific projects, including contract hiring of conservators, registrars, collections managers, etc, who can provide expertise or services beyond the capacity of local staff.
      • Eligible expenses for contractors are limited to short-term projects, with preference for local hire.


  • Small, rural-based organizations are encouraged to apply
  • Emergency conservation projects will be given priority (following a natural disaster, for example).
  • Preference will be given to projects that are collaborative or cooperative in nature.
  • Matching funds are encouraged but not required. 
  • Projects with emphasis on training staff or community members who can then pass on knowledge (i.e., “train the trainers”) are encouraged.


  • Individuals, for-profit, and 501(c)(4) or (c)(6) organizations and non-Alaska-based organizations are not eligible for grant funding. Ineligible uses include:
    • Reimbursement of pre-award costs
    • Salary of permanent staff positions
    • Construction
    • Pass-throughs, re-granting, or other financial assistance to nonprofits
    • Indirect costs