FRAME Project Support Guidelines

 FRAME Project Support

FRAME supports programs exclusively 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 and planning 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 programs

— Professional exchanges among museum staff

— Audience development initiatives 


  • Exhibitions:

Funding will support costs associated with the planning and presentation of exhibitions between at least two member museums including research, travel, documentation, shared costs for artist commissions or other costs associated with the planning and research of an exhibition, including related written materials such as catalogues. Funding from FRAME cannot support salaries, administration, or fundraising.

Preference will be given to exhibitions that are expected to travel to FRAME museums in both France and North America.

  • Educational and public programs:

Funding will support the development and planning phases of educational and public programs that are being replicated or adapted at member museums, including research, travel, documentation or other costs associated with planning, and research. Funding from FRAME can support a finite period of program implementation in order to test it and develop it so it can become a permanent program of the institution. Funding cannot support salaries, administration or fundraising.

  • Professional exchanges:

Funding will support travel of FRAME museum professionals among member museums with the goal to explore collections and programs in order to support the development of exhibitions and educational and outreach programs. Funding will support transportation, hotel and per diem expenses on both sides of the Atlantic. Only one professional at any given institution will receive funding per year.

  • Audience development:

Funding will support the exploration, development, and planning phases of audience development initiatives such as digital platforms, social media strategies, etc. that can be replicated at member museums, including research and travel. Funding cannot support salaries, administration or fundraising. 


Applicants are encouraged to contact Luisa Adrianzen Guyer or Émilie Vanhaesebroucke about potential projects before applying.

Applications should be no longer than 3 pages and should include:

— A narrative proposal outlining the nature of the project, including

* How it aligns with FRAME’s mission

* List of participating member museums or professionals

* Total cost of project

* A reasonably detailed budget

— An outline of all other funding sources for the project.

The application must be co-signed by the member museum’s director and the professional overseeing the project. An application form can be provided by FRAME upon request.

FRAME’s Board of Directors will review proposals at each of its two yearly Spring and Fall Board meetings. Proposals must be submitted by February 28 and September 15 in each case.

Members may submit applications to any of the program areas during the calendar year. 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 next 12 months or until the conclusion of the funding period for the awarded grant.


Projects that receive funding are requested to submit a report to FRAME at the conclusion of the funding period. 


Appropriate credit (including reproduction of FRAME logo) will be given based on the amount of FRAME’s support, the total project budget, and the relevant museum’s crediting standards, including exhibition donor walls and publications, acknowledging funding for the project.

FRAME Project Support Guidelines