The 2016 CWAM grant application is here! Four grants up to $500 each are available for CWAM institutional members. Projects must begin after June 1, 2016. Ideas include collections rehousing, education trunks, website enhancement, staff training and more! Applications are due May 13, 2016. Questions? Contact Brooke Rohde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need help writing your grant? Attend the “Give me the Money (please): Successful Grant Writing Tips For Small Museums” at the CWAM Annual Meeting!
Past CWAM Grant Success Stories
Homelake Veterans History Center Museum
The Homelake Veterans History Center Museum received $500 from CWAM to purchase metal shelving from Certified Business Services. Boxes full of Museum archives, once stacked on top of each other and in danger of being damaged, were safely stored on metal shelving.
Sweetwater County Historical Museum
Green River, WY
With a CWAM grant, Sweetwater County Historical Museum created an education trunk for elementary schools. Available for local teachers to use in their classroom, the trunk focuses on Sweetwater County’s multicultural history. Each summer the Sweetwater Museum hires an intern. The 2013 summer intern worked with the Museum Curator and Exhibits Coordinator to develop the “Discovering Diversity” trunk. The trunk meets several 3rd grade curriculum standards and includes lesson plans, touchable artifacts and activities. For more information on the trunk: http://www.sweetwatermuseum.org/index.php/learn/trunk-program
Overland Trail Museum
Through a CWAM grant, the Overland Trail Museum upgraded their PastPerfect museum database to the latest version. This upgrade allows the Museum to retrieve records in an efficient manner. The upgraded database also played a major role in the Museum’s flood recovery process. In September 2013, the Museum sustained significant damage to its buildings and collections. PastPerfect 5.0 allowed the museum to track damaged artifacts sent away for conservation. The database has dramatically improved the Museum’s collections tracking.