Friday, February 27, 2015

ALA Grant Opportunity!

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” ALA Granting Opportunity! 

Facebook: Receive up to $10,000 for film screenings, oral history projects, performances and more through “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a public programming initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and ALA.

Twitter: New initiative from @NEHgov @ALALibrary based on award-winning @PBS film #LatinoAmericans. Apply for up to $10K

Newsletter: NEH and ALA are offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to libraries, humanities councils, museums and other nonprofits to develop public programming related to Latino American history and culture. The grant is based on the documentary film seriesLatino Americanswhich premiered on PBS in 2013. The program, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, will offer funding and materials to support public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and other programs. Apply by May 1 at


Latinos have a long and fascinating history in the United States dating back more than 500 years. Explore the rich stories, diverse cultures and painful clashes that have so powerfully shaped Latino lives and the nation.

Apply by May 1 at

Up to 200 selected sites will receive:

-          Latino Americans, an award-winning, six-part documentary series created for PBS, with public performance rights
-          Cash grants of $3,000 to $1,000 to support a Latino Americans: 500 Years of History program series (public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and more)
-          Promotional materials to support local outreach
-          Access to additional programming and humanities resources developed by national project scholars, librarian advisors and outreach experts.

Eligible institutions include:
-          Libraries (public, academic and community college)
-          Community organizations
-          Youth groups
-          State humanities councils
-          Public television affiliate stations
-          Other educational and cultural institutions

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square.

Please email ALA’s Public Programs Office at with any questions.

Thursday, February 19, 2015



Application for grant must be received on or before April 1, 2015. or 
USFFM, Suite 400, 2001 K Street 400 NW Washington, DC 20006-1040

The USFFM grant program is designed to help small museums fund projects for which no other funding is available. The mission of USFFM is to encourage volunteer efforts for museums and to facilitate an exchange of information among Friends' organizations, both nationally and internationally. Therefore, preference will be given to those proposals which show how the project will strengthen or enhance Museum Friends' programs.
USFFM Works in Partnership with the Small Museum Association 

USFFM is grateful to offer these grants in partnership with the Small Museum Association, which uses its extensive networks to publicize the opportunity.


Any small museum which is currently or was formerly a member of the Small Museum Association is eligible to apply to USFFM for the 2015 grant. Information about affordable SMA membership can be found at the SMA website, SMA's membership year is Mar. 1- Feb. 28.

How to Apply

Please send your entire application as one document with page numbers (.pdf or .docx preferred). You can copy and submit the application below using the naming convention specified: "2015-your two letter State abbreviation-City-MuseumName."  
For example: 2015-MD-Anytown-SampleMuseumName.pdf or .docx

What Else is Needed

Museums which receive the grants must commit to providing two brief progress reports (mid-year and end of year) to USFFM, so that the information can be shared with other small museums and the World Federation of Friends of Museums. Photos and stories for use in the USFFM newsletter will also be appreciated.


Please contact USFFM via email at



Name of museum________________________________________________________________



E-mail ______________________________________      Telephone_______________________          

Year founded___________

Verification of past or present membership in the Small Museum Association___________

Name and title of museum director___________________________________________________
Type of museum and mission_______________________________________________________



Number of days museum is open every week_____       Museum open hours ____________

Number of visitors last year__________                        Annual budget___________

Size of paid museum staff___________                         Number of museum volunteers________

Executive Summary:  Please describe in brief a summary of the educational or cultural project you propose that would be helped by the Small Museum grant of $2,500.  

Proposal Details: Include background about the project, including staff and volunteer involvement as well as other resources needed. If project includes outside professional help or equipment, please describe and estimate any costs.

________________________________________________________        Date____________