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How to Apply for a Smithsonian Affiliation

Entities interested in affiliating with the Smithsonian Institution should submit a proposal to Smithsonian Affiliations. All proposals should include the following:

  • A cover letter or statement describing the various ways in which the organization envisions collaborating with the Smithsonian Institution, its museums, education and outreach offices, and research branches.
  • A completed Profile Summary Sheet
  • Documentation of 501(c)(3) status or status as government-operated entity
  • For applicants organized as 501(c)(3) only:
    • A certificate of good standing from the state under whose laws it is incorporated
    • Copies of Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, for the previous two years
  • Organization's mission statement
  • Organizational chart
  • Annual reports for the past two years (if available)
  • Collections Management Policy
  • A completed American Alliance Association of Museums Standard Facilities Report

Applicants should submit two (2) original copies of the proposal to:

Smithsonian Affiliations
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 942
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Applicants sending proposals via Fed Ex or UPS should address them to:

Smithsonian Affiliations
470 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Suite 7400
Washington, DC 20024

Please feel free to contact Smithsonian Affiliations at (202) 633-5300 for assistance.

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