Federal Support for Libraries and Museums

In 2021, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $425.7 million through grantmaking, research and policy development, to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations.

IMLS Generates Impact Total Awarded: $425.7M

59Awards
$168.8M Awarded
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286Awards
$32.3M Awarded
530 Applications
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$97.76M Requested
275Awards
$42.6M Awarded
943 Applications
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$154.03M Requested
88Awards
$181.9M Awarded
270 Applications
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$188.67M Requested

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Grant Stories

Museums and libraries across the country are contributing to the wellbeing and advancement of their communities using IMLS funding to develop and expand programs that educate, entertain, and engage visitors.

These institutions are dedicated to providing services ranging from health and wellness information to job resources, and laptop lending programs to virtual story times and online exhibit tours. By reaching out, museums and libraries develop an understanding of the needs in their community. Now, more than ever, connecting people with resources, programs, and information can make a substantial difference in the welfare of the community.

The stories of how grantees are overcoming challenges and supporting their local officials, educators, and patrons is inspiring and hopeful that more institutions will be able to build on those successes to help their communities thrive.

Check back soon to see stories about what your state is doing.

Screenshot displaying NYS Digital Equity Portal interface.

Grant Spotlights

Federal CARES Act funding from IMLS allowed the New York State Library to be a community leader in digital equity.
A person wearing headphones and using a computer

Grant Spotlights

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Lake City Public Library used IMLS funding to adapt traditional digital inclusion programming to meet the needs of their community.
Influenza ward, Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C., about Nov. 1, 1918.

Grant Spotlights

The Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia used an IMLS grant to research the 1918 Flu and its implications for public health today.
Wash and Learn library participants engage in table activity and a row of coin laundry machines in the background.

Grant Spotlights

Libraries Without Borders US offers early childhood literacy, digital literacy, and information access services inside laundromats.
Kapa visitors pound clay (wauke) with an interactive display station.

Grant Spotlights

The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture used IMLS funding to help foster an interactive learning environment to encourage interest and engagement in science and math for students from preschool to eighth grade.

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