What is Grant-in-Aid?
The Alaska State Museum awards grants to Alaska museums and museum-related organizations, such as historical societies or support groups, for projects that improve the quality of museum services and operations within the state. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis once a year.
Contingent upon funding by the Legislature, the Alaska State Museums will award grants to Alaska museums and museum-related agencies for projects scheduled to take place between July 1 and June 30 of the following year. Museums may apply for a Regular Grant of up to $10,000, a Mini-Grant of up to $2000, or an Internship Grant. You can only apply for one of these programs per year. Each grant has a separate application form.
More about GIA
The Grant-in-Aid application period is open from April 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
Once started, these applications must be completed. We strongly encourage you to download and fill out the narrative and project budget templates so you can copy and paste them into the online application.
- Template for narrative questions [Word]
- Template for project budget data [Excel]
- Template for mini-grant application [Word]
- Template for internship grant
Grant Information and Forms
- Budget Revision Request
- Eligibility requirements
- Tips for Applying for a Mini-Grant
- Final Accounting Report Form [Word]
- FY20 GIA Guidelines
Grant Awards & Use of Funds
The Museum will provide official notification of the grant award by letter after July 1. The grant award letter may set stipulations on the content and/or cost of the project, based on the application and panel review.
ASM provides Alaska museums or museum-support organizations with Grant-in-Aid (GIA) awards for projects that supplement or improve the services that a museum provides. Organizations can use grant awards for projects related to collections, exhibits, education, outreach, and organizational development. GIA funds can be used to purchase supplies and equipment, pay for contractual services or personnel, or other items necessary to support and improve museum services and operations.
GIA provides funding for professional development or training, but only if the training directly supports the specific project outlined in an application. No more than 10% of a project budget can fund administrative (in-direct) expenses.
GIA funds will not be provided for projects designed to restore historic sites and structures, for collection acquisitions, or for costs incurred prior to the date of the grant award letter.
Projects should be complete by June 30. Final accounting is due on or before Sept. 30. Accounting forms will be emailed in mid-May. Receipts for all expenditures should be kept and copies submitted with your accounting.
- June 2: Written request for an extension must be submitted for approval if project cannot be completed by June 30
- June 30: Deadline for completion of projects
- September 30: Deadline for submission of final accounting. Also, any extended projects must be completed by this date
- October 31: Deadline for submission of final accounting for extended projects
Any GIA accounting reports not submitted by September 30, or at the end of an approved extension, will make the organization ineligible for funding until reports are submitted and the account is closed.
Mini-grants are available for projects up to $2,000. They have a separate application form and instructions. Mini-grants will be evaluated apart from the regular grant applications by a simplified scoring process and will not compete with regular grants for funding.
For information on Eligibility requirements, visit our Eligibility page.
Or view a list of Fiscal Year 2019 Museum Grant-in-Aid Awards.