What is FOCoS?

  • Free On-Site Consultation Services (FOCoS)
  • FOCoS provides advice and guidance to small or emerging museums using the resources and expertise found in established museums around the state. As a result of FOCoS, not only do museums receive valuable feedback on their programs and operations, but the museum community and Council are strengthened through the collaborative effort of professionals reaching out to share their knowledge of the field.

What are we doing to relaunch FOCoS?

  • Updated applications
  • Year-Round Applications Accepted

o FOCoS projects that can be handled remotely via ZOOM or Google Meet Ups will be ongoing as consultants are available.
o As large, in-person projects arise, we will plan accordingly as budget permits.

  • List of available consultants

o If your project does not match with an existing consultant, we will do ort best to find a consultant that works for you and your institution.

When will FOCoS relaunch?

  • An official relaunch date has not been selected. We would like to relaunch Summer 2021. Follow us on social media, check our website, or become a member to get all the latest details on when applications will be accepted.

Commonly Asked FOCoS questions

What areas of consulting are offered?

  • Sites can obtain free consultations in a maximum of two of the following topic areas:

o Collections Management
o Administration of Facility
o In-Person and Digital Educational Programming
o Recruiting and Managing Volunteers
o Marketing and Social Media
o Community Engagement
o Exhibit Design and Construction (in person consulting only)

Who can apply?

  • Any institution may apply. However, partiality will be given to those facilities with fewer financial resources (generally with an operating budget under $100,000).

Do I have to be an NCMC member to apply?

  • Individual or institutional membership in NCMC is not a requirement for applicants. While enlisting new members is an ongoing objective of NCMC's work, the overriding mission of FOCoS is to help small institutions, regardless of affiliation with NCMC.

Who do I contact?

  • FOCoS will be administered through NCMC's vice president working in cooperation with the chairs of Membership Development and Professional Development. If you are interested in serving as a consultant or would like to receive a visit from FOCoS consultants, please contact NCMC’s Vice President:

How do I apply?

  • We are not currently accepting applications as we relaunch FOCoS. If you want more information, please contact the Vice President.
  • Please note that applications can be created by staff or volunteers at a museum or site, but must be finalized, reviewed, and signed by the director or site representative of the applicant organization. The director or site representative is then the direct contact for all interactions involving the FOCoS program.

Some Recent Recipient Institutions

Could your institution be next?

2019 – Iredell Museums

2018 – The Museum of the Waxhaws

2017 – The Milton Renaissance Foundation

2017 – Scotland County Historic Properties Commission

2016 – Swansboro Heritage Society

2015 – Asheville History Center

2012 – Korner’s Folly 

2012 – Rockingham County Historical Society Museum and Archives

2011 – Penderlea Homestead Museum

2011 – St. Paul Museum / North Randolph Historical Society

2010 – Orange County Historical Museum

2010 – Robeson County History Museum

2009 – Kannapolis History Associates

2009 – Hamlet Historic Depot Museum 

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