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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 Grants.gov
Consult our Grants.gov 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.

Search Available Grants

Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies
Deadline:
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.

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

Application: CAP applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 through February 1, 2019. Please visit www.conservation-us.org/cap for application information.

Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff
Deadline:
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
Deadline:
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
Deadline:
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.

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
Deadline:
November 01, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 384KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000
Program Overview: IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America Program designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plan.

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
Deadline:
November 01, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 369KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000 - $100,000
Program Overview: Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grants support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. They are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship.

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
Deadline:
November 01, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 403KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000 - $250,000
Program Overview: Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support activities that build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.

National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Deadline:
October 01, 2018

Download FY 2019 Nomination Form (PDF, 219KB)
Program Overview: The National Medals are designed to recognize outstanding libraries and museums that contribute significantly to the wellbeing of their communities.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Deadline:
September 17, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 424KB) is now available.
Program Overview: National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that enhance the quality of library and archive services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline:
September 17, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY2019 (PDF 441KB) is now available
Program Overview: The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.

Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets - A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative
Deadline:
May 14, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2018 (PDF 569KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: Up to $150,000
Grant Period of Performance: One to two years
Cost Share Requirement: 1:1 cost share required.

Native Hawaiian Library Services
Deadline:
May 01, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2018 (PDF 364KB) is now available.
Program Overview: Native Hawaiian grants are competitive grants available to carry out activities, described in 20 U.S.C. 9141, that enhance existing library services or implement new library services.

Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants
Deadline:
May 01, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2018 (PDF 270KB) is now available.
Program Overview: Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement new library services.

Native American Library Services: Basic Grants
Deadline:
April 02, 2018

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2018 (PDF, 295KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $6,000 - $10,000
Cost Share Requirements: Cost share is not allowed
Grant Period: One Year

Save America's Treasures (SAT)
Deadline:
February 21, 2018

Applications: Applications for historic property and museum collection projects are accepted through Grants.gov.
Program Overview: Save America's Treasures is a National Park Service grant program in collaboration with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Museum Assessment Program (MAP)
Deadline:
February 01, 2018

Application: The 2019 MAP deadline is TBD. Please visit Museum Assessment Program for further information.
Program Overview: The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future.

STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums (STEMeX)
Deadline:
May 01, 2016

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2016 is now available.
Grant Amount: Up to $1,000,000
Grant Period of Performance: Up to two years.
Cost Share Requirement: Because these are research projects, no cost sharing is required. Any cost share provided will not be considered in the review of the application.

LSTA Competitive Grants for the Pacific Region and U.S. Virgin Islands
Deadline:
April 01, 2016

Application: IMLS will send application information to eligible entities on a yearly basis. Application review, by peers in the field, is administered by the Regional Educational Laboratory-Pacific (REL-P) at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). IMLS awards grants based upon their recommendations.
Grant Amount: Varies*
Grant Period:  Awards are generally made in July with allotments expended over a 14-month period.