Deadline: November 15, 2024*
Application: The FY 2025 Notice of Funding Opportunity is not yet available. The FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF, 683KB) is available for reference.
Grant Amount: $100,000–$500,000
Grant Period: One to three years
Cost Share Requirement: You must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of your IMLS request.

Program Overview:
The 21st Century Museum Professional (21MP) grant program supports projects that offer professional development to the current museum workforce, train and recruit future museum professionals, and identify and share effective practices in museum workforce education and training.

IMLS recognizes the important role of strong local and regional networks as an essential tool for providing peer to peer learning, training, and mentoring opportunities. The 21MP program encourages applications from museum associations, museum studies programs at institutions of higher education, and museums that serve as key parts of the professional learning and training environment.

Program Contacts:
If you have questions, please contact the following staff member:

Mark Isaksen
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
To schedule a time to talk to Mark Isaksen, click here.

The FY 2024 webinars are available for reference.

Getting Started With IMLS Museum Grants is a general presentation on IMLS museum grant programs. We recommend that you view this presentation for an overview before considering a specific grant program. Click here to access the recording or to read the transcript.

Applicant Information Session for 21MP provides detailed information about the goals of this specific grant program and how to apply. Click here to access the recording or to read the transcript.

*All grant programs are subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion. Deadlines are tentative.