Costs and Services

Through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we offer subsidized participation at a low cost to eligible institutions. These museums may pay a small participation fee; program costs are largely covered by the agreement.

Subsidized Participation

Participation Fee

The participation fee is based on annual operating expenses and is due at the beginning of the process.

Annual operating expense
Participation fee
$125,000 or less
$125,001-$400,000 $350
$400,001-$1 million
More than $1 million


The following services, valued at approximately $4,000, are covered by the Alliance and IMLS through the cooperative agreement:

  • MAP self-study workbook
  • peer reviewer travel expenses ($950 for transportation, food and lodging*) and honorarium ($400)
  • essential set of books from the Alliance Bookstore targeted to assessment type
  • access to extensive resources, sample documents and customized reference services through our Information Center
  • access to the MAP Community
  • MAP staff guidance and feedback
  • certificate of completion
Potential out-of-pocket costs for museums include:
  • $1,350 for an optional second peer reviewer (travel and honorarium)*
  • meetings/events/meals during the peer reviewer’s visit
  • staff time
  • postage and telephone expenses
  • funds to implement recommendations

Flexible Participation

Museums not meeting eligibility requirements for subsidized participation or wishing to complete the Leadership Assessment may participate at full cost through flexible participation. For more information, contact MAP staff.

* Peer review travel expenses exceeding the allotted $950