The MetLife Foundation has created a new initiative entitled Partnership for Lifelong Learning for science and technology museums in the United States. In 2005, the foundation expects to award grants totaling $1.25 million under this program. The guidelines and definitions of funding categories are intentionally broad to encourage imaginative and innovative approaches to reaching people and engaging them in the excitement of learning. Projects should aim to reach large numbers of people in a cost-effective way; collaboration with schools and/or other organizations is a plus. Science and technology museums may apply under only one of the following categories: (1) programs for children and youth; (2) programs for older adults; and (3) programs and/or exhibitions to increase understanding of aging. The maximum grant generally will be $50,000. If the proposed project includes the creation of an exhibition, the MetLife Foundation will consider awarding grants of up to $100,000 each.

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