Grant Recipients - Grantee Communications Kit

Fast Fact Sheet: Museums for America (2012)

Vital Statistics

Number of applications received: 470
Number of awards made: 152
Total amount requested: $52,296,907
Total amount awarded: $18,113,376
Total recipient match: $34,666,759

Program Statement

Museums for America is the Institute's largest grant program for museums, supporting projects and ongoing activities that build museums' capacity to serve their communities.

Museums for America grants strengthen a museum's ability to serve the public more effectively by supporting high-priority activities that advance the institution's mission and strategic goals. Museums for America grants are designed to be flexible: funds can be used for a wide variety of new or ongoing museum activities and programs, such as improvement of institutional infrastructure, planning, management of collections, public access, professional development, purchase of equipment or services, research and scholarship, public programming and exhibitions, development and/or implementation of education programs, or efforts by museums to upgrade and integrate new technologies into their overall institutional effectiveness.


"Congratulations to the Museums for America grantees. This year’s funded projects reflect the wide array of museum types in the country. In every case IMLS funds are supporting initiatives that advance an institution’s strategic plan for the benefit of the community it serves."

- IMLS Director Susan Hildreth

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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