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The Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grant Program Guidelines) for the current fiscal year is not yet available. It will be made available 60-90 days before the program deadline. Until then, last year’s Grant Program Guidelines are available as a reference.

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Read more about the Museums for America program on the IMLS website.


Deadline: December 01, 2014
Grant Amount: $5,000–$150,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: 1:1 for proposals requesting more than $25,000. No cost share required for proposals requesting $5,000-$25,000.
Program Overview:

The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

MFA grants support activities that strengthen museums as active resources for lifelong learning, as important institutions in the establishment of livable communities, and as good stewards of the nation’s collections. MFA grants can fund both new and ongoing museum activities and programs. Examples include planning, managing and conserving collections, improving public access, training, conducting programmatic research, school and public programming, producing exhibitions, and integrating new or upgraded technologies into your operations.

There are three categories within the MFA program:

Learning Experiences

IMLS places the learner at the center and supports engaging experiences in museums that prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and our global society.Projects should provide high-quality, inclusive, accessible, and audience-focused learning opportunities; provide access to collections, information, and educational resources; encourage the use of technologies; and develop programs for specific segments of the public.

Community Anchors

IMLS promotes museums as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality.Projects should harness a museum’s expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, or other resources in order to address a specific need originating in the community. Museums may undertake the project alone or in partnership with one or more community organizations.

Collections Stewardship

IMLS supports exemplary stewardship of museum collections and promotes the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage. Projects should address high priority collections care or conservation issues.

Note to applicants: The FY2014 Museums for America grant opportunity encompasses those types of proposals that were previously solicited through the Conservation Project Support program. IMLS maintains its commitment to collections care, conservation, and preservation, and encourages step-by-step, progressive approach to conservation.


Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply.

Program Contacts:
If you have questions, please contact any of the staff listed under the category that best fits your project.

Learning Experiences

Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Sandra Narva, Senior Program Officer

Jill Connors-Joyner, Museum Program Specialist

Reagan Moore, Museum Program Specialist

Mary Sellers, Museum Program Specialist

Community Anchors or Collections Stewardship

Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Mark Isaksen, Senior Program Officer

Steve Shwartzman, Senior Program Officer

Sarah Glass, Museum Program Specialist

Mark Feitl, Museum Program Specialist


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