Federal Support for Libraries and Museums

In 2020, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $280.6 million through grantmaking, research and policy development, to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations.

IMLS Generates Impact Total Awarded: $280.6M

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$166.8M Awarded
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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.

Helaina Blume, Director of Exhibitions, Paleontological Research Institution

Grant Spotlights

The Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York, tells the inspiring stories of accomplished historical and contemporary women who were pioneers in the field of paleontology.
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Grant Spotlights

As we celebrate poetry this April, the youth ambassadors of the National Student Poets Program are hard at work collaborating with libraries and museums across the country to share the positive impact that poetry has on communities.
A Museum Educator explores the museum using a tablet to communicate with students in real time for a remote learning session.

Grant Spotlights

The Intrepid Museum, whose maritime collection on the Hudson River includes the aircraft carrier Intrepid, is boosting its virtual science, engineering, and history educational resources for around 12,000 local residents thanks to an IMLS CARES Act grant.
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Grant Spotlights

To call attention to the racial injustice that Till’s death represents, the Mississippi-based Emmett Till Memorial Project created a smartphone app to guide visitors through virtual or on-site tours of 22 sites related to his murder.
People sitting at a conference table inside Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh building.

Grant Spotlights

A National Leadership Grant for Libraries to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is empowering community members to learn together.

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