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.
Access last year’s Grant Program Guidelines online
Read more about the Museums for America program on the IMLS website.
|Cost Share Requirement:
||1:1 for proposals requesting more than $25,000. No cost share required for proposals requesting $5,000-$25,000.
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:
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.
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.
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.
If you have questions, please contact any of the staff listed under the category that best fits your project.
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