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Webinars for Prospective Applicants Rescheduled; National Medal for Museum and Library Service Deadline Extended

October 18, 2013 02:31 PM
IMLS has rescheduled five live webinars for people considering applying for IMLS grants and extended the deadline for its National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
Call for Applications for Five IMLS Museum Grant Programs for FY 2014

September 16, 2013 02:52 PM
Grant guidelines for IMLS museum grant programs are now available. The application deadline for each of these programs is December 2, 2013. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Nearly $30 Million in Federal Grants to Museums across the U.S.

September 12, 2013 07:41 AM
Across the country museums are innovating to engage their communities, creating exciting new learning experiences, and caring for their rich collections. IMLS will honor museum grantees at a workshop and ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 18th. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Priority to Create More Inclusive Outdoor Experiences, Boosted with IMLS Support

July 22, 2014 08:18 AM
The Massachusetts Audubon Society created better experiences for visitors with a wide range of vision, hearing, and mobility levels by adding sensory elements to eight ADA trails. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Saving Video Games at the Strong

September 6, 2013 02:13 PM
With the challenges of ever-changing technology, a grant from IMLS is helping the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong preserve video games. Read More

 
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Using History to Transform a Community: Peralta Hacienda Historical Park


Peralta Hacienda Historical Park strengthened its relationship with its surrounding community by involving local residents as exhibit developers, tour leaders, oral history subjects, audience, and staff. The project empowered community members to lead historical tours using their own stories. Read More

 
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Open-Ended Exploration: "Making" Endless Possibilities in STEM


The New York Hall of Science, in partnership with the Queens Museum of Art, created "Queens Makes," a program to foster invention, experimental problem solving, design, and building for young tinkerers and their families. Read More

 
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January 2013: Ancient Mammoth, Newfound Paleontological Pride


Dee, a Columbian Mammoth, was 65 to 70 when he died approximately 11,600 years ago. In 2010, Dee was reborn as the centerpiece of a major Ice Age exhibit at the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College. Read More

 
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2015 Guide to Funding Programs and Opportunities


This four-page overview of IMLS funding programs provides succinct information on the agency's grant and award programs, as well as agency initiatives and priorities. Read More

 
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2014 Office of Museum Services Update: Building Capacity and Leadership


In 2013, the impact of IMLS grants was felt across the nation, in rural and urban communities, in museums both small and large. All types of museums, from art, history, and children’s museums to botanic gardens, aquaria, science and technology centers, tribal museums and zoos received support. Read More

 
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Supporting Museums – Serving Communities: An Evaluation of the Museums for America Program (Executive Summary)


Museums for America (MFA) is the largest IMLS grant program for museums. In 2009 and 2010, RMC Research Corporation carried out an independent evaluation of the program and found that it has had an immediate and sustained impact on museum users. Read More

 
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Museums for America: Johnson County Museum

September 22, 2011 12:00 AM
The Johnson County Museum, a half-century old history museum in suburban Kansas describes how an MFA grant helped to expand their presence from a small building to the online environment. Working with the Johnson County Library, they created a web-accessible archive containing more than 22,000 photographs from the mid-1850s to the present, as well as historic atlases, and aerial and architectural photographs. Read More

 
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Museums for America: Chicago Botanic Garden

September 22, 2011 12:00 AM
Chicago Botanic Garden describes how it used an MFA grant to establish the North Lawndale Green Youth Farm, a program serving high school youth in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The project allowed the Chicago Botanic Garden to extend their community garden work into a deeper commitment to communities, more extensive opportunities for youth education and explicit connections between gardening and food systems. Read More

 
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Museums for America: Pratt Museum

September 22, 2011 12:00 AM
The Pratt Museum describes its Museums for America grant for The Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place, which aligned educational programming to a new focus and deepened relationships with the local community. The project also initiated new activities and conversations with Native youth and elders focused on engaging youth members. The museum had several partners, including the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local science and arts organizations. Read More