New Grants Guides for Cultural Institutions in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America
Gallery Systems is releasing our much-anticipated 2021 museum grants guides, fully updated and ready to download. To help you plan for a future that can only be brighter.
For 2021, we have prepared five grants guides: United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, Spain and Latin America (en español), and a guide for museum conservation. Each guide is filled with a wide selection of opportunities, from government-issued grants to private funding and yearly awards.
Secure external funding to be able to delve into new projects, such as digitizing your workflows or expanding your online collections to reach a broader audience, and to support your museum operations, collections care, and professional development. Gallery Systems wishes you the best in 2021 and beyond.
Planning for the Future: During and After COVID-19
The toll of this past year for museums should not be understated. As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March, institutions were forced to quickly readjust their operations, often necessitating costly and disheartening fallout.
Going into 2021, obtaining additional funding is crucial. To assist on the financial side of things, Gallery Systems has expanded its grants guides to include more opportunities than ever, including new pandemic relief funds and digital grants that encourage museums to connect online with the public.
Bringing Your Collections Online
Already a familiar sight on museum websites, online collections took on new importance in 2020. With many museums temporarily closed due to COVID-19, or running at limited visitor capacity, an increasing number of institutions chose to launch, or further develop, public-facing collections websites.
Often created through online collections software, including eMuseum by Gallery Systems, these sites offer a virtual portal into an institution, showcasing entire collections and recreating the exhibition experience in a digital setting.
Learn more about eMuseum in our recent case studies with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design. Or gather inspiration for your online collection by browsing the six eMuseum sites we recently profiled.
Digitizing to Better Manage Collections
Offsetting the cost of digitizing your collections can be key to undertaking such projects. While digitization presents a definite time commitment, a lack of allocatable funding is often the underlying reason why institutions hesitate to invest in the necessary tools and technology.
Fortunately, many grants exist to specifically assist museums with covering digital-related costs, allowing them to better manage their collections in 2021. Software that may be eligible for funding includes digital asset management systems, such as TMS Media Studio, which facilitates the organizing, use, and sharing of media files.
Introducing the 2021 Museum Grants and Funding Opportunities
Grants can make a world of difference to a museum’s year. To pave the road for future endeavours, Gallery Systems has launched five separate grants guides that compile the best in international offerings for cultural institutions, from archives to art galleries, and history and natural history institutions to university museums. Find download links to the guides below, along with samples of grants and funding opportunities you will find within.