Solving for Grant Funding Inequity with the Lucidea Database and Workbook

Lightning Talk

Wednesday, April 07, 2021: 5:00pm - 6:30pm - - Lightning Talk

Rachael Woody, Rachael Cristine Consulting LLC, United States

Very few museums were prepared for the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. With museum admissions, event rentals, and retail dollars drying up museum found themselves facing catastrophic financial losses. Relief funding hasn’t been enough and what is available is handed out as grants via the federal, state, and local levels. While some museums have the staffing capacity and knowledge to successfully apply for grant funding, it’s an inequitable system leaving many small to moderate museums behind. Seeing the devastation, and knowing how overwhelmed many museum colleagues were feeling, Rachael Woody teamed up with Lucidea to create a grant resource that solves for the equity gap in grant funding. Together, Woody and Lucidea built a comprehensive grant directory where museums can perform quick drill-down searches in the database to find the most appropriate grant opportunities and the most relevant fund information. But more support was needed. Much of the inequity lies in museums who can’t afford grant writing professionals and have little time or ability to write their own. To solve for this, Woody crafted a grant workbook (published by Lucidea) to lead museum staff through each common grant application element and provide them with four example applications for projects that cover: digitization, Collections Management Systems, collections assessments, and disaster preparedness. This resource is free and available for everyone to use and can support US and Canadian colleagues in their collection work across libraries, archives, and museums. This lightning talk will outline the gap analysis done, review the resources available, and reveal how to leverage these resources to the max.