As 2019 rolls around, the start of the new year brings new museum grants and funding opportunities. You have a list of great ideas and projects that you’ve been thinking about executing, and now is the best time to figure out how to accomplish those goals. Sifting through grants takes time and it may feel a little overwhelming. That’s why we put together our annual grants guides, and this year is better than ever. Check out some of our favorite ideas that could be accomplished with the help of the museum grants on our list and download your copy of the guides.

Make Your Institution IIIF Compatible

Now is a better time than ever to join the worldwide community of IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) and ensure that your collection is an effective contributor to cultural competency, research, and knowledge. By sharing your images, books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, scrolls, single sheet collections, and archival materials you will contribute to collaborative global learning for decades to come.

Learn more about the importance of IIF compatibility here, and how it can be seamlessly integrated into your collections website.

Digitize Your Collection

Digitization can seem daunting: this project can be expensive and time-consuming, especially for larger collections. But the recent introduction of customized conveyer-belt imaging systems may change that. Search for a museum grant to ensure that your collection objects are in the spotlight even when they are in storage.

Learn more about how the Smithsonian is utilizing conveyer-belt driven imaging in this short video created by their Digitization Program Office.

Get Your Collections Online

An online presence can help your collection reach a global audience, leave visitors with a stunning take away from your museum, and provide researchers, students, and your own staff with accessible tools to empower and inform their work.

Need inspiration? Take a look at The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University and their use of eMuseum to create an online collection for researchers.

Update Your Museum’s Disaster Preparedness Strategy

The unfortunate increase in natural disasters in recent years has sparked concern among the museum community, as special collections across the globe have been damaged or destroyed by fires and floods. The rise in public concern and frequent news coverage of these tragedies tells us that funders may be looking to help institutions better prepare for these disasters, so be on the lookout for these opportunities and consider creating a disaster preparedness plan.


Download the 2019 Museum Grant Guides

USA Guide
Europe and UK Guide
Spain and Latin America Guide

Partnering with Gallery Systems

To help make better collections management a reality and strengthen public engagement in your collections, Gallery Systems offers software applications and services to help you manage collections of any size or type, and allow you to dynamically publish information to your website, intranet, and kiosks. We have assisted many institutions with their successful grant applications and we would be happy to guide you through the process. Contact us to learn more.

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