Funding Opportunity

The Decorative Arts Trust

Curatorial Internship Grant

DEADLINE: September 30, 2018
ACCEPTING FROM: March 14, 2018
ACCEPTING UNTIL: September 30, 2018


The Decorative Arts Trust is now accepting applications for a two-year Curatorial Internship Grant. The Trust’s Internship Grants provide critical employment opportunities for emerging museum professionals at qualified institutions. This is a two-year challenge grant of $17,500 per year. The intern will receive from the Trust an additional $2,500 in funding per year to offset the cost of travel related to research and professional development programs. Potential museum and historical society collaborators should apply by September 30, 2018. The application packet must consist of a formal letter of interest describing the nature of the project(s) in which the intern will be involved during the two-year period and identifying the staff member who will supervise and mentor the intern; a statement of how the institution plans to raise the $35,000 in matching funding over two years; the supervisor’s CV; and pertinent background information related to particular initiatives, exhibitions, or research related to the intern’s planned projects. Images and a draft of a job description are strongly encouraged. Please note that mentorship is a significant consideration in this program. The Trust’s selection will be announced by October 31, with grant funds available as early as January 1, 2019.

For information about past recipients, please visit the Trust’s website. Please submit applications by mail to The Decorative Arts Trust, 20 South Olive Street, Suite 204, Media, PA 19063 or email to

Named in honor of the Decorative Arts Trust’s late board member Dean F. Failey, a noted scholar of Long Island material culture, Failey Grants support noteworthy research, exhibition, and publication projects in the field of American decorative arts. The Trust awards one $5,000 grant per year. Organizations wishing to apply must submit a formal application letter by October 31, 2018. The letter must describe the nature of the project and its impact on the field. Please include CV’s for the project’s primary curator(s), author(s), and/or researcher(s) as well as a project budget. Special consideration will be given to projects that employ or are led by young professionals in the museum field. The Trust’s selection will be announced by November 30, with grant funds available as early as January 1, 2018.

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