January 4, 2016
Museum profiles are due for museums without partners.

February 29, 2016
Museum profiles are due for museums with partners.

March 10, 2016
Statements of Intent to Propose (SIPs) are due.

May 2, 2016
Final applications are due.

Instructions and Guidelines

Proposal Packet


Phase I - Profile and Partnering

Museum Profile

AAM is pleased to announce that the process for applying is now automated. All museums must submit new profiles using our online system, even if you have submitted a profile in the past. You will not be able to proceed to Phase II without submitting your museum profile. In the Profile, we request that you provide information on the type of project you wish to undertake and the themes you intend to address, though we understand that these can change during the course of the application process. We urge you to read the contents of this web site and the application packet in their entirety prior to applying. 


Museums also identify a partner during Phase I. Partnerships consist of at least one U.S. museum and at least one non-U.S. museum and may be formed through existing relationships or through the museum's efforts to find a new partner. Museums searching for a new partner may do so through their own research or by contacting museums that have submitted Museums Connect profile forms.

Phase II - Statement of Intent to Propose and Embassy Endorsement

After museums have partnered and submitted profile forms, staff at the U.S. and non-U.S. museums work together to develop a 3-5 page statement of intent to propose. The statement describes the project idea and how it relates to the cycle's themes and outlines potential community partners, methods for engaging audiences and expected outcomes and outputs. 

U.S. museums submit statements of intent to propose on behalf of their partnerships. Museums are encouraged to submit their statements as early as possible to receive feedback from Museums Connect staff before proceeding to Phase III. The statements are nonbinding and are not subject to competitive review.

Upon receipt of the statement, Museums Connect staff works with the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest the non-U.S. museum(s) to request endorsement for the project. Embassy staff acts as allies, helping with visa procurement, project promotion and communications as necessary. Endorsement is at the discretion of the post; projects that do not receive endorsement are not eligible for an award.

View sample statements of intent to propose.

Phase III - Final Proposal

The final proposal consists of a narrative describing the project, communications plans, a calendar of activities and a budget.

Successful final proposals clearly demonstrate how the project builds on the missions and strengths of the museum partners to pioneer a new international collaboration that reaches beyond their walls to involve local communities and strengthens the relationship between citizens of the participating countries.

View sample final proposals.

Additional Resources

Eligibility and Requirements

Prior to applying, review eligibility criteria and grant requirements. 


Learn about the types of projects Museums Connect funds.

Application Tips

Museums Connect staff offers tips to help you develop a strong proposal.


Projects addressing themes identified by Museums Connect receive additional consideration in the selection process.

Selection and Next Steps

Review selection criteria and learn what happens after you submit your proposal.