FRAME Project Support Guidelines


April 3, 2020 |

French American Museum Exchange (FRAME) is a consortium of 32 major museums in France and North America that promotes cultural exchange in the context of museum collaborations. FRAME fosters partnerships among its member museums to develop innovative exhibitions, educational and public programs, and professional exchanges among museum staff, and maintains a website to reach global audiences.

FRAME supports programs at member museums in North America and France with the goal of serving FRAME’s mission to promote cultural exchange in the context of museum collaborations. FRAME’s Project Support program promotes the incubation of initiatives, exhibitions, and educational and public programs that are the result of joint interests, research, planning, or the sharing models of best practice among FRAME member museums.
Project Support is available for the following activities:

• The development of scholarly and/or innovative exhibitions. Exhibitions can cover any topic of interest to an encyclopedic museum and are not limited to Western art.
• The development of educational and public engagement programs
• Professional exchanges among museum staff
• Audience development initiatives


Funding will support costs associated with the planning and presentation of exhibitions between two or more member museums including: research; travel for studies and/or to look at artwork and/or negotiate loans; documentation; translation; shared costs for artist commissions, such as in case of a contemporary art project; and other costs associated with the planning and research of an exhibition or of written materials, such as exhibition catalogues.
Preference will be given to exhibitions that are expected to travel to FRAME museums in both France and North America.

Funding will support the development and planning phases of educational and public programs, including programs that address issues related to Social Justice, Community Life, or Health and Wellness, which are being replicated or adapted at member museums. Funding will support research, travel, documentation or other costs associated with planning and investigation.

Funding will support up to three weeks of travel for FRAME museum professionals among member museums with the goal to meet colleagues, explore collections and observe educational programs in order to foster exchanges of professional practices or scholarly expertise. These travels shall help to implement scholarly or public projects thereafter. Funding will support transportation, hotel and per diem expenses on both sides of the Atlantic, and meeting or workshop costs, as needed. Only one professional at any given FRAME institution will receive funding per year.

Funding will support research and travel for the exploration, planning and implementation phases of audience development initiatives, including those designed for digital platforms or social media strategies that can be replicated at member museums.
For all categories above, funding from FRAME cannot support salaries, administration or fundraising.


1. Email of Inquiry
Applicants are required to write an Email of Inquiry to FRAME’s Executive Directors, Marguerite d’Aprile Quigley for North America ( and Émilie Vanhaesebroucke for France ( about potential projects before applying.
This correspondence should be no longer than 200 words (or 1100 marks, space included) and should include:

• A brief summary of the proposed project
• The total cost of the project
• The total amount requested from FRAME

Typical grant awards range between $5,000 to $20,000


• December 15 for the Spring grant cycle
• July 1 for the Fall grant cycle
• Such other date as the Board of Directors may set for a Special grant cycle

FRAME’s Executive Directors will review the draft proposals and provide feedback up to two months before the grant application deadlines (see below).

2. Grant Application
Grant applications should be no longer than three pages and must include a detailed narrative proposal outlining the nature of the project, including:

• The project’s main goals
• How project aligns with FRAME’s mission
• The main activities to be carried out
• The names and titles of the key personnel overseeing the project and others personnel involved, including those outside the FRAME network
• A detailed project budget
• The total cost of the grant you request from FRAME
• An outline of all other funding sources for the project
The grant application must be co-signed by the member museum’s director and the professional overseeing the project.


• February 15 for the Spring grant cycle
• September 1 for the Fall grant cycle
• Such other date as the Board of Directors may set for a Special grant cycle

Grant applications should be sent by email to the FRAME Executive Directors, Marguerite d’Aprile Quigley for North America ( Emilie Vanhaesbroucke for France (


FRAME’s Board of Directors will review all Spring and Fall grant proposals at each of its two yearly Spring and Fall Board meetings. FRAME’S Board of Directors, or a committee thereof delegated by the Board of Directors, will review all Special grant proposals at such times as the Board or such Committee may designate.
In the absence of unusual circumstances, once an organization is awarded a grant it is no longer eligible to apply for funding in the other categories for the longer of (a) the next 12 months and (b) until the conclusion of the funding period for the awarded grant.


All grantees who have submitted a grant application for Project Support will be notified in writing by the FRAME Executive Directors, Marguerite d’Aprile Quigley for North America ( and Emilie Vanhaesbroucke for France ( about the status of their application no longer than 10 business days after the Board of Directors or (if applicable) committee thereof has reviewed the grant proposals and made a determination about funding.


Projects that receive funding are requested to submit a final report to FRAME at the conclusion of the funding period. The deadline for completion of the project and submitting the final report is included in the letter of Award for the FRAME Project Support Program.
The final report should be no longer than three pages and should include a description of the outcome of the grant including:

• Visits, meetings, research, etc.
• The name and functions of member and non-member professionals met
• Challenges and difficulties encountered
• The results of the project and potential decision or direction taken
• An explanation about the usefulness of FRAME’s Project Support, including how the grant benefitted your institution and helped to supplement other funding sources
• A detailed budget or financial statement about the use of grant funds. As a reminder, the total amount of the grant must be spent at the conclusion of the funding period.


Museums receiving Project Support funding agree to acknowledge FRAME and provide appropriate credit information including the use of the of FRAME logo in all electronic and print material related to the project that include press releases, website, exhibition donor walls, catalogues and publications, and in all other instances where funding for the project is acknowledged following the museum’s crediting standards.


Adopted April 3, 2020