Smithsonian Receives $50 Million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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The Smithsonian receives $50 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These grants will go towards supporting three new initiatives: $30 million for widening access to the Smithsonian through a Youth Access Endowment, $10 million for four consortia in the Smithsonian's Strategic Plan, and $10 million for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Youth Access Endowment aims reach students in underserved areas around the country. With the help from the grants the Smithsonian will develop innovative ways to reach their distant audiences, such as interactive websites and online conferences.


  • Gates, Bill 1955-
  • Gates, Melinda 1964-
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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Smithsonian Newsdesk, "Smithsonian Institution Receives $50 Million to Support Three New Initiatives," November 10, 2010

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November 10, 2010


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