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The Application Process

1. Search for available grants
Grant programs and deadlines can be searched by name, by eligible institution type, and by project type.

2. Check eligibility requirements
Eligibility criteria will vary by program. Checking the program-specific criteria will help you ensure you're applying for the right grant for your institution. Read more.

3. Read application Notice of Funding Opportunities
Read through the application Notice of Funding Opportunities carefully to get all the information you need on the grant program. Read more.

4. Compose your application
Use the following Applicant Tools & Materials links to help you compose a stronger, more competitive application.

a. Sample Applications - Examples of successful applications from previous years

b. Outcome Based Evaluations - Introduction to and resources for successful program evaluation

c. Shaping Outcomes - An IMLS-funded online course on outcomes-based planning and evaluation, which will help participants improve program designs and evaluations.

d. Grantee Requirements - Administration and dissemination requirements for all grantees

e. Reviewer Materials - Guidelines and handbooks used during application review

5. Contact an IMLS Staff Member
We welcome calls from applicants and are happy to answer any questions about the grant application and review process. Conversations with staff can provide useful guidance and help you to explore how your idea may match the goals of a grant program. To reach an IMLS staff member please click on a link below for the grant program in which you are interested.

6. Submit your application via
Consult our guidelines to ensure we will receive your application, complete and on-time. Read more.

7. What happens next?
Learn how applications are reviewed and when grant announcements are made. Read more.


Save America's Treasures
December 03, 2018

Applications: Save America’s Treasures applications will be accepted through through December 3, 2018. Please visit for more information.

Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff
December 14, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 389KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Program Overview: Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff, a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program, supports staff capacity building projects that use professional development to generate systemic change within a museum.

National Leadership Grants for Museums
December 14, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 385KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$1,000,000
Program Overview: National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve service to the public.

Museums for America
December 14, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 375KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Program Overview: The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP)
February 01, 2019

Application: CAP applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 through February 1, 2019. Please visit for application information.

Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies
April 01, 2019

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula. SLAAs may use federal funds to support statewide initiatives and services; they also may distribute the funds through subgrant competitions or cooperative agreements to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries in their state.