National Advocacy Alert
As you have heard, President Trump recently released his budget request for the upcoming fiscal year. In that budget request, many of the programs, projects, and agencies which support our field received drastic cuts. The budget process is a long one, and the president's request is just the beginning; however, the legislators actually in charge of creating the budget bills in the House and Senate are influenced by what they hear from their constituents. Please consider contacting your legislators to express your support for IMLS, NEA, NEH, and any of the other agencies from which you have received funding in the past. You can refer to the AAM advocacy resources page here for sample language and useful facts and figures: http://aam-us.org/advocacy

Letter in support of the Office of Museum Services: http://www.congressweb.com/aam/56

NEA/NEH support letter: http://www.congressweb.com/AAM/48

Call for Stories About the Impact of the Arts
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is issuing a “call for stories” from Rhode Islanders about how the arts have had an impact on your personal or professional life, or in the life of your community or our state. We’re particularly interested in stories about how a publicly funded grant, from RISCA or the National Endowment for the Arts, has made a difference in your life or work. If you have a story, please share it with us by May 1st. Click here for details.

New Professional Development Grants for Museums
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the availability of new grants for professional development and capacity building opportunities for museums. This special initiative will support and empower museums in responding to the evolving needs of the museum profession and changes in their communities. Deadline is May 1. Click here for details.

Serving New Americans
The Institute of Museum and Library Services currently partners with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to provide support to libraries through the distribution of information, education materials, and training sessions on immigration and citizenship. USCIS is interested in expanding this work to provide support to museums that are engaged in serving immigrant populations. New opportunities for collaboration with museums may include informational webinars on USCIS’s educational materials, training for museum staff on citizenship programming, and coordinating with local USCIS field offices to hold naturalization information sessions or naturalization ceremonies at museums. Please see the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center page for more information on the citizenship resources that USCIS provides. If your museum is interested in USCIS resources or engaging with USCIS, please contact Christopher Reich, Senior Museum Advisor, at creich@imls.gov.

Head Start Arts Integration Grants

The Vermont Arts Council's Head Start Arts Integration Grants fund partnerships between local arts organizations or other nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status and Head Start agencies to support teacher and student learning in early arts education. Expert teaching artists mentor classroom teachers on how to integrate the arts into a curriculum in order to achieve social and learning objectives and foster creativity in Head Start schools. 

Sherlock Holmes Teaching Grant
The Beacon Society proudly announces that once again, grants to U.S. and Canadian teachers, librarians, children’s museums, and Sherlockian literary societies are available. The grants, in honor of a wonderful Sherlockian, Jan Stauber, will provide up to $500 to fund the development of a project that will introduce young people to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about his famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Deadline is May 1, 2017.

Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invite proposals for Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives. Working together, the Cooperatives will develop technical and human infrastructures to support the digital publication of documentary and scholarly editions and to provide for their long-term preservation, discovery, and use. This initiative responds to the urgent need of scholars and documentary editors for reliable, sustainable, authoritative, and field-driven outlets for publication and discovery of digital editions. At the same time, we hope to investigate the possibility of creating a federated system or systems for publishing and sustaining digital editions. Deadline for proposals is  July 6, 2017

Google Ad Grants
Google Ad Grants offer eligible non-profit organizations up to $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com. You create advertisement and key word searches that relate your nonprofit, services, and organization as a whole, and when people use Google to search for related offerings online, your ad may appear next to the search results. For full program details, click here.
 
TD Charitable Foundation
TD Charitable Foundation grants will be awarded to area non-profit and public institutions to create meaningful change and improvement in the communities.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Emergency Funds
Intervention funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is awarded in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure, such as when a fire or other natural disaster strikes. Funding is restricted to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Emergency grants typically range from $1,000 to $5,000, but unlike the majority of our grant funding, a cash match is not required for intervention projects. Contact us if you believe your project qualifies for this type of funding. Please note: our emergency funding is very limited. Click here for details.

Rural Development Community Facilities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as providing an essential service to the local community: educational services such as museums, libraries or private schools are able to apply to this program. Year round applications, click here for details.

Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations
StEPs is AASLH’s self-study standards program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in StEPS assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against nationally recognized standards. The program is divided into six sections that can be addressed in any order. In each section, organizations can identify their current practice as Basic, Good, or Better. Each level has its indicators, allowing organizations to set realistic goals and tackle challenges in small, manageable steps. Work in each section at your own pace using checklists, worksheets, sample documents, and the 24/7 online community. NEMA members that enroll in StEPs receive a free AASLH webinar registration. For complete details, click here.

Roving Archivist and Archival Supplies
Through generous funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Massachusetts Archives is pleased to provide funding for the Roving Archivist program and funding for the purchase of supplies and materials needed to arrange, describe, preserve, and make accessible archival collections. For complete details, click here.

Cultural Routes – Vermont
Cultural Routes grants fund student field trips to art and cultural institutions. The $200 grant supports transportation costs; any remaining funds can be used to subsidize associated field trip expenses. Rolling deadline, for complete details click here.

Challenge America Fast-Track Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts' Challenge America Fast-Track grants offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Deadline is April 13, 2017. Application guidelines for NEH Humanities Access Grants are available at neh.gov. The application deadline for the initial cycle of Humanities Access Grants is May 4, 2017.

Maine Mini Grant Program
Support for a wide variety of public humanities projects, such as exhibits, lecture and film series, reading and discussion programs, symposia, cultural celebrations, etc. - up to $1,000. Deadline April 14, 2017 and July 17, 2017.

Youth Arts Project Grants
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Youth Arts Project Grants fund high-quality arts and cultural programs that encourage creativity, develop new arts skills and foster success for young people beyond the normal school day. Recognizing that opportunities to experience and engage in the arts, such as music, dance, theater, visual arts, crafts, photography and creative writing, may be limited in classrooms, this grant provides funding for artists to work directly with young people after regular school hours, in the summer or on weekends, in or outside of the school. The overall goal of this grant category is to afford all young people opportunities to engage in the arts so that they can develop creative problem solving skills, positive forms of personal expression, and become more engaged in their communities through the arts. Deadline for submissions is April 14, 2017.

Rhode Island Foundation
Organizational development grants - intended to strengthen and improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness of organizations whose work falls outside our grantmaking areas of focus - are being offered through our Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence (INE). Application deadline is April 28.

The Edwin S. Webster Foundation
The Edwin S. Webster Foundation will consider requests for capital programs, special projects or operating income. They support organizations with an emphasis on hospitals, medical research, education, youth agencies, cultural activities, and programs addressing the needs of minorities. Before submitting a request, please contact foundation administrator Michelle Jenney at: mjenney@gmafoundations.com. The deadline is May 1, 2017.

Rhode Island Mini Grant Program
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities' Mini Grant Program for requests up to $2,000 invites individual researchers, nonprofit organizations, and schools to apply for funding in support of public humanities projects, documentary film, civic education initiatives, and individual research. Mini Grant Deadlines are May 1, 2017, and August 1, 2017.

Cultural Investment Portfolio Projects
The Massachusetts Cultural Council's CIP Projects grants are one year grants for specific cultural public programming, and are not for general operating support. This is a one-year grant designed to support cultural projects, and is an option for organizations and programs that are not eligible for CIP Gateway, or those simply looking for one-year project support. Organizations receiving Portfolio or Gateway funding are not eligible for CIP Projects grants. Projects grantees receive a grant of $2,500 for a specific project. Applications to CIP Projects are accepted annually. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2017.

Facilities Grant
The Vermont Arts Council’s Cultural Facilities Grants help Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create, or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public. Examples of projects eligible for funding include: improvements such as wiring, heating, ADA accessibility features, lighting, and stage improvements; building improvements, permanent display panels or exhibit cases, permanent infrastructure or fixed equipment; and wireless/broadband capacity that enhances programming capacity. Deadline is May 1, 2017.

Community Project Grants

New Hampshire Humanities Council's Community Project Grants enable NH nonprofit organizations to design and carry out public humanities programs with the help of experts in philosophy, history, literature or other humanities disciplines relevant to their topic. From dynamic lectures and facilitated discussions, to walking tours, oral history workshops and teacher professional development seminars, these programs create opportunities for participants to explore new knowledge and discuss universal questions. A first draft for Project grants up to $10,000 is due April 1 or July 1. Grants up to $1,000 are due on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is May 1, 2017.

General Preservation Assessments
The National Endowment for the Humanities' Preservation Assistance Grants examine policies, practices, and conditions affecting the care and preservation of your collections. A preservation assessment and comprehensive report is very often the key to success when seeking other grant funding for preservation or conservation. Deadline is May 2, 2017 for projects beginning January 2018.

Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities' Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are awarded to organizations that offer national or regional (multistate) education and training programs. Grants aim to help the staff of cultural institutions, large and small, obtain the knowledge and skills needed to serve as effective stewards of humanities collections. Grants also support educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals, as well as projects that introduce the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices. Deadline is May 2, 2017.

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
The National Endowment for the Humanities' Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. Deadline May 2, 2017 for Projects Beginning January 2018

Humanities Access Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Access Grants offer matching grants toward term endowments for programming at cultural institutions that broadens access to excellent humanities content for underserved groups. Eligible organizations include public libraries, museums, historical societies, community colleges, historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and Hispanic-serving institutions. Deadline May 3, 2017.

Arts in Health Project Grants
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Arts in Health Project Grants support arts activities, presentations and artist residencies that occur in health care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and in centers serving the needs of the elderly. The overall goal of this grant category is to utilize the arts to enhance quality of life and promote an environment conducive to healing for patients, residents, staff and/or clients. This grant category is in response to the Arts Council’s commitment to meeting the needs of underserved populations, which can include the elderly, people with disabilities, and people with health challenges. Deadline for submission sis May 19, 2017.

Common Heritage
The National Endowment for the Humanities' The Common Heritage program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner’s permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions’ collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration. Deadline June 1, 2017 for Projects Beginning January 2018.

Vermont's Community Foundation Special and Urgent Needs
The Special and Urgent Needs (SUN) grant round was created to address the short-term needs of nonprofits. With a relatively small amount of funding, a SUN grant is designed to help an organization meet its mission while managing an unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive emergency or help the organization take advantage of an unexpected opportunity that will enhance its work. Rolling applications are firm through July 1, 2017.

Study on Economic Impacts of Preservation
A study of the economic impacts of historic preservation in Rhode Island will be conducted by PlaceEconomics in 2017. The study has been commissioned by Preserve Rhode Island and the Preservation Society of Newport County to assess the full range of measures from Historic Tax Credits to Heritage Tourism. The study will kick-off at the Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in Westerly and Charlestown where Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics, will present the keynote. Mr. Rypkema has conducted statewide studies of the economic impact of historic preservation in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, New York, Georgia, Delaware, Connecticut, Utah and Maryland, citywide studies in New York, Raleigh, Savannah, Pittsburgh and San Antonio and analyses of the economic impact of Main Street programs in Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Florida and Michigan. PlaceEconomics specializes in services to public and non-profit sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. Most recently they measured the catalytic impact of the federal rehabilitation tax credit.