Connecting to Collections: Statewide Planning Grants
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2007
IMLS Calls for 2008 Connecting to Collections: Statewide Planning
Application Deadline: October 16, 2007
Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites
proposals for statewide, collaborative planning grants to address the
recommendations of the <http://www.heritagepreservation.org/HHI
<http://www.heritagepreservation.org/HHI> > Heritage Health Index
a landmark study conducted by Heritage Preservation in partnership
with IMLS. HHI found the collections held in the public trust by
museums, and archives to be at great risk. The report offered four
recommendations for collecting institutions:
. that they provide safe conditions for their collections; . that they
develop an emergency plan; . that they assign responsibility for
collections care; and . that they marshal public and private support
for and raise public awareness about collections care.
These grants are aimed at fostering effective partnerships among
organizations that have a strong commitment to the collections
stewardship goals of a given state, commonwealth, or territory. Over
the course of two years, IMLS hopes to make one grant to each eligible
state or territory so that each of these entities can move closer to
achieving the recommendations of the HHI through an appropriate and
achievable plan for action.
For the past year, IMLS and its partners have been drawing attention
the findings and recommendations of HHI. The
<http://www.imls.gov/about/collections.shtm> > Connecting to
Collections: A Call to Action initiative has already resulted in a
successful national summit on conservation and preservation, the
signing of a cooperative agreement to create a conservation "bookshelf,"
the issuance of a request for proposals to support Connecting to
Collections: The National Tour. The Statewide Planning Grants
Represent an equally important component of this national initiative.
Application guidelines are
<http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/pdf/CtoC_2008.pdf> > available
PDF format here (608KB). Please note that the Institute will only
applications submitted through Grants.gov, the federal government's
online application system. All applicants who are using Grants.gov
must register with Grants.gov before submitting their application.
Applicants who are not already registered should allow at least two
complete this one-time process.
<http://www.imls.gov/applicants/grantsgov/checklist.shtm> > Click here
for more information on registration. Please direct any questions
the Statewide Planning Grants to Christine Henry, 202-653-4674,
<mailto:chenry@... <mailto:chenry@...> > chenry@....
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