Each year, CCLI welcomes a new group of institutions, which includes museums of all disciplines, to participate in its year-long professional development process. CCLI is currently accepting applications for the cohort beginning in February, 2020.

CCLI Includes:

  • Comprehensive staff survey
  • Coaching for development/implementation of a year-long strategic initiative
  • 2 day in-person workshop in Washington, DC
  • Monthly webinars
  • Network of peer museums
  • Resources and tools
  • Unique staff development opportunity
  • Cross-departmental team engagement

Please download this Microsoft Word document and fill it out, with input from other team members. Create one PDF that includes the Microsoft Word document and other necessary attachments, including organizational chart and any supplemental letters. Upload your PDF document here to ensure safe delivery of your application. If your document is above the 20 Mb limit, please upload photos or supporting documents separately.

Thank you for submitting your application to CCLI. You will receive a confirmation email of its receipt within 2 business days. If, for some reason, you do not receive an email receipt notification, please email

CCLI Application and Implementation Timeline

 Now Extended to
 November 21, 2019

 Application Due

 December 17, 2019

 Selection and Notification

 January, 2020

 Comprehensive Staff Survey

 February, 2020

 2 day in-person workshop in Washington, DC

 March, 2019 - January, 2021

 Monthly Webinars & Initiative Implementation


There is a graduated fee schedule for participation in CCLI, based on operating budget:*

CCLI Tuition Schedule

Operating Budget


 $10 million and above


 $5 million-$9.9 million


 $3 million-$4.9 million


 Under $3 million


 *Rates are subsidized by a national leadership grant and may not be available in future years.

Selection Criteria:

The following will be considered in the selection process, which is conducted by the CCLI steering committee:

  • A confirmation of the commitment of museum leadership to the project
  • Institutional commitment to and experience with diversity/inclusion/cultural competence efforts
  • Representation of a variety of museum types, sizes, and regions (a maximum of six museums will be selected).


Cultural Competence is a process of lifelong learning.  It results in knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes that allow us to work effectively with others from different cultural backgrounds, increases the ability of organizations to maximize the benefits of diversity within their workforces, and improves the services we offer to our various stakeholders.

Culture refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include the language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups.

Diversity encompasses all those differences that make us unique, including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender, socio-economic status, age, and physical and mental ability.  A diverse group, community or organization is one in which a variety of social and cultural characteristics exist.

Inclusion denotes an environment where each individual member of a diverse group feels valued, is able to fully develop his or her potential and contributes to the organization’s success.

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