Cincinnati Museum Center awarded $497,000 federal grant

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) and the Public Library of Cincinnati-Hamilton County are excited to announce they were awarded a substantial grant to develop a sustainable digital learning model. The $496,707 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will help bridge the digital divide for local communities.

The IMLS grant will help CMC and the Library develop robust and equity-centered programs that can be scaled to different group sizes and learning levels. The project seeks to increase digital access and proficiency, reach pre-K through 5th grade students learning fully or partially from home and engage seniors to lessen social isolation. In the process, the team seeks to strengthen connections among CMC, the Library, schools and community organizations, working in concert to bridge digital divides that can hold learners back.

The IMLS grant was particularly competitive: the CMC and Library submission was one of 1,701 applications from museums and libraries throughout the U.S. With only 68 projects selected for funding, CMC and the Library are among just 4% of applicants to earn an award.

CMC and the Library are aided by Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM), who will serve as project evaluator and provide critical support throughout the project. The project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant CAGML-248047-OMLS-20.

For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org

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