SCRLC Museum & Library Partnership Grant Application Form
You are invited to apply for an ARPA grant through SCRLC through the Library/Museum Partnerships initiative. The amount of funding available for this initiative is $47,727. Applications are limited to $12,000.

** The deadline to apply is OCTOBER 22, 2021. **

This initiative is intended to strengthen library/museum partnerships at the regional and/or local levels. As extracted from the New York State Library’s ARPA website:

Organizations are stronger when they work together with intention, to achieve a common goal or purpose. Plans should show how both primary project partners - libraries and museums - will be engaged in the work and how communities will benefit from the project.

Grant projects could focus on issues such as long-term sustainability, resilience efforts, preparing libraries and museums for future crises, establishing/reinforcing relationships between museum workers and library workers, reaching at-risk communities, and bridging the digital divide.

Projects will bridge and connect information, increase visual and material literacy, and may include activities that address objects-based learning.

For these projects, at least one eligible museum must be identified as a primary project partner. Click here for the definition of “eligible museum partner: ” https://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/arpa/guidelines.htm#AppendixB Lead agencies must also be a member of SCRLC.
Partners could include academic libraries, school libraries, public libraries, or special libraries.

Selected examples of possible Eligible Projects for the Library/Museum Partnership Component within the federal IMLS ARPA guidelines include, but are not limited to:
** Projects that consider the intersection of digital and physical programs and exhibits in a pandemic-aware manner, for example:
* Improved infrastructure: creating platforms, tools, or systems for museums and libraries to create, manage, distribute, transform, share, reuse, and access their content;
* Learning through curation: work with an audience to build their own digital exhibits using library and museum resources.
** Projects that address audiences that were particularly impacted by COVID-19, for example:
* Supporting P-12 education: Collaborative library/museum education projects that engage directly with P-12 teachers and students, such as projects focusing on next generation science standards;
* Career readiness: Career exploration opportunities for teens at libraries and museums, with a focus on STEAM;
* Ensuring that all communities are represented: All programming should include a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access component.
** Projects that explore new modalities for existing programs, for example:
* Bring collections into communities: Make a circulating kit from a popular program or exhibit;
* Creative outreach: Find ways to take museum and library work outside, including pop-up festivals in the community showcasing libraries and museums.

Click here for more information about ARPA: https://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/arpa/

If your project is selected, you will receive preliminary approval in November and final approval in January after the New York State Library accepts SCRLC’s ARPA plan. You will need to sign assurances if needed and any other documentation as required by the New York State Library, and submit a final report by June 30, 2022.
All funds must be encumbered and expended by June 30, 2022. Allowable expenses must be encumbered and expended between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022.

Please email Claire Lovell with any questions (clovell@scrlc.org).
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