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Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Grant Info: 

Deadline: The FY 2019 deadline was November 1, 2018.
Application: The FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF 384KB) remains available for reference.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000
Grant Period: Up to two years
Cost Share Requirement: None

Program Overview: 
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. This special initiative is designed to inspire small museums to apply for funding to implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Anchors and Catalysts
  • Collections Stewardship and Public Access

Eligibility: Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply.

Program Contacts:
If you have questions, please contact the staff member listed under the category that best fits your project:

Lifelong Learning

Community Anchors and Catalysts

Collections Stewardship and Public Access

Reagan Moore
Museum Program Officer
rmoore@imls.gov
202-653-4637

Jill Connors-Joyner
Museum Program Officer
jconnors-joyner@imls.gov
202-653-4791

Mark Feitl
Museum Program Officer
mfeitl@imls.gov
202-653-4635

Webinars:

You may learn more about museum grant programs by viewing the following FY 2019 on-demand webinars. New webinars will be posted during the next open application period.

Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2019, a general presentation on IMLS museum grants. We recommend that you view this presentation for an overview before considering a specific grant program. Please click here to access recordings in different formats, or to read the transcript.

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums, information about this program for FY 2019. Please click here to access recordings in different formats, or to read the transcript.

To view all archived webinars, please click here.