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Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grant Program Guidelines) for the current fiscal year is now available:

Access FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity Online

Read more about Sparks! Ignition Grants on the IMLS website


Deadline: December 01, 2014
Grant Amount: $10,000 to $25,000
Grant Period: Up to one year
Cost Share Requirement: No cost share requirements.
Program Overview:

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Project results – be they success, failure, or a combination thereof – should offer valuable information to the museum field and the potential for improvement in the ways museums serve their communities.


Museums that fulfill the general criteria for museums may apply. Public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may also apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and non-profit universities, are eligible.

Learn more about museum grant programs by participating in IMLS webinars. Click here for instructions.

  1. A general presentation on IMLS museum grants. We recommend that you view this presentation before participating in a program-specific webinar.

  2. FY15 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program webinar

Program Contacts:

Helen Wechsler
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Jill Connors-Joyner
Museum Program Specialist

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