Grant Recipients - Grantee Communications Kit

Fast Fact Sheet: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (2013)

Vital Statistics

Number of applications received: 35
Number of awards made: 11
Total amount requested: $3,985,103
Total amount awarded: $1,336,274
Total recipient match: $1,550,095

Program Statement

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.


"The African American History and Culture grants have been strengthening museums in the United States since 2006," said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. "I am proud to announce the 2013 recipients.  With these grants, African American institutions will improve the care of their collections, provide professional training to staff, and expand career opportunities in the museum field through internships and fellowships.”

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