Today the IMLS updated their museum program funding. In a nutshell, the grants have been combined so now there are 2 types of grants, the Museums for America (MFA), which will include funding for the activities and projects that were supported previously under Conservation Project Support, and National Leadership Grants (NLG) for Museums, which will now include funding for the activities and projects that were supported previously under 21st Century Museum Professionals.
Museums can apply for an unlimited number of grants, and applications will be reviewed by subject-matter experts. Museums submitting applications in more than one project category will compete with other museums in each category, not with themselves.
I guess conservation is going to have to get a bit more sexy to compete with other museum departments.