In addition to incorporating the required outcome of creating increased understanding between the U.S. community and the community abroad, projects addressing the following themes identified by Museums Connect will receive additional consideration. 

Empowering Women and Girls

Projects educate and empower girls and women in affirming their identity, self-esteem, and recognition and by providing equal access to skills, choices and knowledge to advance their active engagement and equal contribution to society.

Environmental Sustainability

Projects develop innovative strategies for environmental protection and sustainability (e.g., renewable and clean energy, conservation, sustainable agriculture, renewable and clean energy, waste reduction, sustainable tourism), looking at both grassroots sustainable development as well as policy implementation.

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Projects advance innovative models and strengthen business development skills (e.g., financial literacy, small business development, new economic models, business leadership skills) that address a critical social, human or environmental need.

Strengthen Civil Society and Social Inclusion

Projects solidify community bonds and bolster civil society by tackling issues critical to human and social development (e.g., empowering indigenous communities; promoting disability rights; mitigating religious, cultural, or political difference; advocating for human rights), providing opportunities for civic engagement and volunteerism, and/or increasing access for those who feel disengaged or disenfranchised.

Youth Engagement and Leadership Development

Projects expand opportunities for experiential and action-learning to address community, social, and economic needs while fostering cross-cultural social networks that allow youth to develop leadership skills and validate their vital contribution to community service through their connection with others.