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Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

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 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture on the IMLS website.


Deadline: December 01, 2014
Grant Amount: $5,000-$150,000
Grant Period: Up to two years
Cost Share Requirement: 1:1
Program Overview:

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture are intended to enhance institutional capacity and sustainability through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other tools. Successful proposals will focus on one or more of the following three goals: (1) developing or strengthening knowledge, skills, and other expertise of current staff at African American museums; (2) attracting and retaining professionals with the skills needed to strengthen African American museums; and (3) attracting new staff to African American museum practice and providing them with the expertise needed to sustain them in the museum field.


Eligible applicants include museums whose primary purpose is African American life, art, history, and/or culture, encompassing: the period of slavery; the era of Reconstruction; the Harlem renaissance; the civil rights movement; and other periods of the African American diaspora. Nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to support museums identified above may also apply. Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) are also eligible. Please see program guidelines for specific eligibility criteria.


Program Contacts:

Mark Isaksen, Senior Museum Program Officer

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