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The 2022 National Maritime Heritage Grant Program announced. Is radically changed!

A call for grant proposals for the 2022-23 National Maritime Heritage Grant Program was announced by the National Park Service. There is $1.1 million available, but that amount may increase to $2 million pending the further transfer of funds from the US Maritime Administration. MARAD provides funding for the grant program through a percentage of monies collected from recycling vessels.

The application process for 2022 is radically changed.

Proposals will be submitted to the National Park Service only by State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs). They are due September 20, 2022. Each SHPO is eligible to receive up to $750,000.  The SHPO will then subgrant to organizations within their state. Proposals from organizations in the state must meet the SHPOs guidelines. 

So, if a state SHP Officer does not apply for, and receive a grant from NPS—maritime organizations in that state are cut out of the grant program. They will have no place to apply. 

NPS only expects to award about 10 grants. That means that ca 10 states, territories, District of Columbia, among the 59 SHPOs will receive a grant.

Note: Grants by NPS to SHPOs are in the usual two areas: Preservation and Education, or both. So, if you contact your state SHPO and urge the submission to NPS of a proposal, make sure the proposal you plan to submit to your SHPO will fit the SHPOs guidelines for subgrants—in education or preservation. The SHPO proposal to NPS can include both preservation and education projects. I would urge you to ask the SHPO to submit in both Education and Preservation areas.

Note, and be aware:   (from NPS guidance)

“Whether submitting an application to one of these areas (Education or Preservation), or an application to both, prime grantees (SHPOs) must determine the focus and criteria for the competitive subgrant program they wish to administer and describe this program in the application submitted to the National Park Service. If successful, prime grantees (SHPOs) will implement their own application process and project selection criteria for choosing which subgrant projects will be funded. Prime grantees may also fund “in house” projects. Subgrant projects are expected to be awarded competitively.”

I urge you to find out if your SHPO has some personal “in-house project” in mind that would soak up all the grant funds.

See the NPS maritime heritage page for how this new grant program is to work.   

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/maritimeheritage/maritime-heritage-grants.htm

For complete SHPO proposal guidance: file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Temp/Temp1_P22AS00347%20-%20Full%20Announcement%20-%20Application%20Instructions(1).zip/Foa_Content_of_P22AS00347.pdf

Link to SHPO directory for individual states, territories, DC:  https://ncshpo.org/directory/  This will provide the name and contact information of your SHPO.

You must reach out now to your SHPO to assure submission of a proposal by September 20.

NATIONAL MARITIME HERITAGE GRANT Application Advisory

Please be advised that there has been a change in the application process for the National Maritime Heritage Grant (NMHG) program for 2022. All grant applications are being submitted by State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs).  If you have a preservation or education project that the falls within the NMHG guidelines, please contact the SHPO officer in your state directly (see SHPO directory link below).  Time is short.  SHPO applications for the NMHG are due in late September.  This is a great time to build or reaffirm a relationship with your respective SHPO officers.

1) Link to SHPO directory for individual states and territories: Directory | NCSHPO

2) Link to the main website of National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers: NCSHPO | The National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers

3) For more about the National Maritime Heritage Grants and the $1.1 million available this year, see Grants | Maritime Heritage Program (nps.gov)

New Round of National Maritime Heritage Grants

The National Maritime Heritage Grants Program provides funding for education and preservation projects designed to preserve historic maritime resources and to increase public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States.

This funding opportunity is open to State Historic Preservation Offices and other organizations as described in the National Maritime Heritage Act. There are 59 State Historic Preservation Offices; one in each of the 50 states, the 5 territories, the District of Columbia, and the 3 Freely Associated States.

Refer to the below links for further information on these opportunities. Questions can be directed to Seth Tinkham at maritime_grants@nps.gov.

Maritime Preservation Grants notice of funding opportunity:

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340209

Maritime Education Grants notice of funding opportunity:

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340210

Submit electronic applications by September 20, 2022

National Parks Service Underrepresented Communities Grants Program

National Park Service’s Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (URC) works towards diversifying the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. URC grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and are administered by the NPS. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. Congress has appropriated $1.25 million for the URC Grant Program.

Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. All projects must result in the submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark Program, or an amendment to an existing nomination to include underrepresented communities. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match

Since 2014, the NPS has awarded almost $3 million in grants to diversify the nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Grant-supported projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites.

Who May Apply

  • State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs)
  • Indian Tribes that meet the definition in 54 USC 300309 and Native Hawaiian Organizations that meet the definition in 54 USC 300314
  • Certified Local Governments (CLG). A current list of CLGs is found at go.nps.gov/clglist.
  • Eligible applicants may partner with non-profits and other local government jurisdictions.

What Is Funded

  • The submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark program, or
  • An amendment to an existing National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities.

Applications are due August 10, 2022 

The URC grant opportunity number is P22AS00294.

Reminder – Supervisory Museum Curator (Exhibits Specialist) San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Supervisory Museum Curator (Exhibits Specialist) San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Salary $97,490 – $126,742 per year

The Supervisory Museum Curator (Exhibits Specialist) provides direction and oversight of research, development, and creation of physical and virtual exhibits. The position is responsible for overall professional and technical direction for the museum program, ensuring adherence to NPS and professionally recognized principles and standards, and expressing park themes of maritime history and heritage through immersive and relevant exhibits.

Duties include:

  • Managing a comprehensive exhibit division that includes planning, development, fabrication, and maintenance.
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising a diverse staff.
  • Leading cross-division teams to include collections management, preservation, and programming related to exhibits.
  • Partnering with internal and external partners and communities.

Located in the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers visitors the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history. The Park includes one of the largest and most diverse collection of National Historic Landmark ships, a Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District.  Exhibits are located throughout the park including award winning exhibits in the visitor center and on the three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship Balclutha. The Park has the oldest and largest maritime history collection in the western united states and the largest collection in the National Park Service.

Applying

Job applications are accepted through the USA Jobs website. You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement

Open & closing dates

04/04/2022 to 04/26/2022 – The job will close after 50 applications have been received. Which may be sooner than the closing date.

Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes—You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

Public Announcement

Announcement number

PW-1549-SAFR-22-11444969-DE

USAJOBS – Job Announcement

Reminder – NPS Semiquincentenial Grant Program Deadline is May 3

The National Park Service is pleased to honor the 250th anniversary of the United States with the launch of the Semiquincentennial Grant Program. This is a new grant program created by Congress in 2019 to support the preservation of State owned sites and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places that commemorate the founding of the nation.

Important Eligibility Information

  • Only resources that are both State owned and listed in the National Register of Historic Places (including National Historic Landmarks) individually or as contributing to a listed district at the time of application are eligible for this program.
  • Buildings, structures, sites, districts, and objects considered significant for their association with people, places, or events between the earliest known resources and December 31,1800 may be considered as associated with the “founding of the nation.”
  • While the resources to be supported by this program must be owned by a State government, eligible applicants may also include local governments, non-profit organizations, public and non-profit institutions of higher education, and tribes that are partnering with States.
  • Eligible costs for this program include architectural/engineering services (not to exceed 20% of the grant award) and physical preservation projects.

Applications are due May 03, 2022.

For more information and to apply for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program visit grants.govP22AS00035

The Semiquincentennial Grant Program is funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and managed by the National Park Service. Funding for the HPF is provided from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease revenues, not tax dollars. Congress has appropriated $10,000,000 for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program for FY2021.

North Carolina Maritime Museums Education Department Supervisor Position

The North Carolina Maritime Museums System has an opening for a Museum Curator Supervisor in its education department. Full details are here:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/3477093/education-curator-supervisor?location[0]=carteret&department[0]=Dept%20of%20Natural%20and%20Cultural%20Resources&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

MNPS Semiquincentennial Grant Program

The National Park Service is pleased to honor the 250th anniversary of the United States with the launch of the Semiquincentennial Grant Program. This is a new grant program created by Congress in 2019 to support the preservation of State owned sites and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places that commemorate the founding of the nation.

Important Eligibility Information

  • Only resources that are both State owned and listed in the National Register of Historic Places (including National Historic Landmarks) individually or as contributing to a listed district at the time of application are eligible for this program.
  • Buildings, structures, sites, districts, and objects considered significant for their association with people, places, or events between the earliest known resources and December 31,1800 may be considered as associated with the “founding of the nation.”
  • While the resources to be supported by this program must be owned by a State government, eligible applicants may also include local governments, non-profit organizations, public and non-profit institutions of higher education, and tribes that are partnering with States.
  • Eligible costs for this program include architectural/engineering services (not to exceed 20% of the grant award) and physical preservation projects.

Applications are due May 03, 2022.

For more information and to apply for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program visit grants.govP22AS00035

The Semiquincentennial Grant Program is funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and managed by the National Park Service. Funding for the HPF is provided from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease revenues, not tax dollars. Congress has appropriated $10,000,000 for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program for FY2021.

Maine Maritime Museum seeks new Executive Director

Maine Maritime Museum
Bath, ME
Job Profile
Executive Director

The world-renowned Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) in beautiful Bath, Maine, seeks an Executive Director to lead the institution, with its dedicated board, staff, and volunteers, into its seventh decade. Located on the site of a historic shipyard on the Kennebec River, MMM offers museum exhibits, traditional crafts (including boatbuilding), a research library, a remarkable collection of wooden watercraft, river and ocean excursions, and a wide array of educational programs to 50,000 visitors annually.

The new director will respect the museum’s institutional history while helping to build consensus on a vision for the future and playing a key role in managing a long-range plan currently in preparation. They will manage a strong financial operation deftly and transparently to achieve thoughtful, sustainable growth in staff and facilities. The director will be an enthusiastic and effective public face of the museum, engaging with and participating in the community in Bath and the surrounding region.

Opportunities
• Leading a museum whose cultural assets, financial condition, and human resources comprise a strong foundation for further growth.
• Working with a supportive board with deep institutional history and many skills.
• Leading a talented and compatible staff.
• Living in a scenic area with easy access to the water, wilderness, mountains, urban areas, and cultural life.
Challenges
• Restoring appropriate board and staff roles after an extended period without a permanent executive director.
• Setting priorities among diverse interests to focus resources and promote further sustainability.
• Balancing the maintenance of valued institutional traditions with the adoption of new ways of reaching and expanding our audience.
• Addressing recent incidents that could be viewed as affecting MMM’s public image, including a recent accident involving the Museum’s schooner, Mary E, and a protracted transition in leadership.

Candidate Profile
The successful candidate will be a museum professional whose understanding of current issues and best practices in the museum field has helped create a record of accomplishment as an institutional leader. Enthusiasm for the central role of maritime history in the nation’s story will be essential, along with a willingness to increase whatever knowledge of that history this person brings to the position.
This leader will relish engaging staff, volunteers, and the board in shaping and fulfilling the museum’s mission. They will not be shy about promoting and raising money for the museum. The new director will be an effective public face of the museum and a builder of partnerships.
Skills in management of people and processes will help them refine a well-functioning operation. They will be an adept financial manager able and willing to keep the board and staff appropriately informed to fulfill their duties.

Key Responsibilities
• Coordinating completion of a comprehensive long-range plan incorporating departmental plans being formulated by senior staff.
• Developing for board approval an annual operating plan and budget in pursuit of the long- range plan.
• Oversight of 20 full-time, 5 part-time, and 25 seasonal staff, and 237 volunteers. Hiring and evaluating paid staff.
• Managing an annual operating budget of $3 million—with independent projects of $1–$2 million at any given time—and transparently reporting to the board on finances.
• Working with the development director and board members to cultivate and solicit contributions from individuals and businesses. Oversight of grant-writing for projects.
• Representing the museum in the community and region and with the media.

Qualifications
• B.A. in United States history or a related subject. M.A. in museum studies or public history, or the equivalent in education and experience.
• At least three years’ successful management of a museum or museum department.
• A record of collaborative, team-based staff leadership and productive relationships with boards.
• Demonstrated skills in expository writing and public speaking.
• Experience managing effective public relations.
• A record of successful fiscal management and transparency.

About the Museum
MMM originated in the Marine Research Society of Bath, formed in 1962 to support research and publication of a monograph on the history of shipbuilding in the Bath area and “to establish and maintain a museum” dedicated to the same subject, which opened in 1964. In the 1970s, it acquired the grounds of what had been three nineteenth-century shipyards, chief among them being the Percy and Small Shipyard. The now 21-acre campus (half of it conserved wetlands) fronting the Kennebec River has been the museum’s home ever since.

The centerpiece of the museum is a permanent exhibit entitled A Shipyard in Maine: Percy & Small and the Great Schooners, which features five historic buildings: the mould loft, the paint and treenail shop, the mill and joinery shop, and the caulker’s shed and its pitch oven. An open- air interpretation of the shipyard’s blacksmith shop, complete with a working forge, occupies the site of the original, which was torn down in 1939. The museum’s oldest building is the 1868 residence of shipbuilder William T. Donnell, who later sold his yard to Percy and Small.
Dominating the museum campus is an evocation of the schooner Wyoming of 1909, one of the largest wooden vessels ever built. Life-sized outlines of the bow and the stern, as well as six masts, are situated where the ship was built.
The climate-controlled Maritime History Building, built in 1989, features three permanent exhibits—A Maritime History of Maine, A Shipyard in Maine: Percy & Small and the Great Schooners, and Into the Lantern: A Lighthouse Experience. Permanent exhibits in other parts of the campus include “Snow Squall”: An American Clipper, featuring the forefoot of an 1851 ship built in South Portland and recovered from the Falkland Islands in the 1980s; BIW: Building America’s Navy; Honing the Edge: The Apprenticeshop at 40; and Lobstering and the Maine Coast. The William T. Donnell House, built in 1868 for the owner of what was then the Deering and Donnell Shipyard, and the Mary E, a 1906 Bath-built fishing schooner, are also major exhibits.

The collections database comprises more than 34,000 records of artifacts, paintings, photographs, ships’ plans, ephemera, and manuscripts. The museum has also accessioned more than 100 watercraft, in addition to the Mary E, including working and recreational vessels from Maine’s inland and coastal waters, from a Wabanaki canoe and an 11-foot-long gunning skiff (1910), to Eight Bells (1928), a 28-foot-long lobster boat once owned by artist N. C. Wyeth.
The Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library houses some 15,000 books and journals, as well as nearly 400 logbooks and diaries. The museum holds approximately 2,300 linear feet of personal
manuscripts and corporate archives in more than 650 collections ranging in size from single bound volumes to hundreds of boxes. The museum is also home to one of the largest photo collections in the state, with more than 130,000 images.

MMM has a diverse range of educational programs. Since 1995, the museum’s Discovery Boatbuilding Program has taught traditional boatbuilding as a vehicle for STEM education to students from schools in four Maine towns. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)- funded Sense of Place caters to over 600 students in grades 2, 4, and 7 from six schools who enjoy several field trips to the museum over the course of the academic year. In 2021, the museum embarked on its first collaborative effort with a college or university. MMM educators co-taught the Introduction to Africana Studies course at Bowdoin College. This brought themes of the African Diaspora and the African American experience learned in the classroom to a new interpretation of archival documents and artifacts held in MMM’s collection. The work, funded in part by the NEH, culminated in Cotton Town: Maine’s Economic Connection to Slavery, a student-curated exhibit that opened in December.

In July 2021, the Museum’s recently restored schooner Mary E, suffered a knockdown while on a passenger cruise in the Kennebec River. The cause of the incident is currently the subject of an on-going Coast Guard investigation. The Museum is discussing its future plans for the vessel with all appropriate parties.

MMM employees characterize the staff as a good group of people working in a fun atmosphere with a diverse collection of activities and engagement areas and many exciting projects throughout the year. Departments are small, so department heads have decision-making power. Volunteers are a vital element of the museum’s character, helping to give visitors a genuine regional experience.

About the Region
Bath, a city of about 8,500 people, is the county seat of Sagadahoc County. Situated on the Kennebec River, it has been a center of shipbuilding for over 300 years, and Bath Iron Works (BIW) still builds ships for the U.S. Navy today. The downtown features an attractive array of shops and restaurants housed in nineteenth-century buildings.

MMM staff members say Bath is a fabulous community and a great place for a family. There is a lively arts scene. Nearby Brunswick (10 miles away), the home of Bowdoin College, and Portland (36 miles away) offer an array of culture, including music, theater, museums, and historic sites. Outdoor recreational opportunities are all around, from boating and fishing in the waters of the Kennebec River and nearby ocean to hiking and skiing the mountains within easy driving distance.

The Maine Maritime Museum is an EA/EO employer and actively encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. It does not discriminate against any candidate or employee based on race, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or veteran status.

HOW TO APPLY
Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, resumé or CV, salary requirement and names of 3 references and your professional relationship, with contact information by March 14, 2022, to: Scott Stevens, Senior Search Consultant, Museum Search & Reference at: Searchandref@museum-search.com. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.