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Grant-in-Aid (GIA)

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.

Application Period

The Grant-in-Aid application period was open from April 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM.


Please carefully review the FY20 GIA Guidelines [PDF]. This includes updates to the grant program.

You cannot return to the online application once you have started it. We strongly encourage you to download and fill out the appropriate template and then copy and paste your answers into the online application.

GIA Templates

Grant Information and Forms

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.

Accounting Calendar

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 and submission of final accounting.
  • 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.

More Information

For information on Eligibility requirements, visit our Eligibility page.

Or view a list of Fiscal Year 2020 Museum Grant-in-Aid Awards.

Please contact Anjuli Grantham, Curator of Statewide Services, if you have other questions about the GIA program or would like guidance on submitting a GIA application.

Page last updated 01/14/2020