The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the availability of funding for museums to improve management of their collections.  Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants are available to provide safe conditions for collections; to develop an emergency plan; to assign responsibility for collections care; and to work collaboratively to increase public and private support for, and raise public awareness about, collections care.

Up to $250,000 is available for each grantee.

IMLS will be hosting a webinar about the program on 15 December 2011 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET) and 5 January 2012 at 2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET).

The deadline to apply is 1 February 2012.  More information is available at http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=5.