By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Bloomberg Philanthropies says it’s expanding its funding for cultural institutions’ digital projects to help increase visitors’ access to their resources.

The nonprofit says it is committing $17 million to six museums.

In New York they are the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. The other recipients of the expanded grant program are the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay and the Science Museum in London.

The projects include interactive devices and mobile applications that enable visitors to explore and engage with the institutions’ content on and off site.

In addition to the new grants, the foundation previously has provided $83 million for technology at art institutions.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s foundation.

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