Deadline: November 15, 2021*
Application: The FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF 665KB) is now available.
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. It is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Inspire! has three project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Institutional Capacity
  • Collections Stewardship and Access

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

Lifelong Learning

Institutional Capacity

Collections Stewardship and Access

Reagan Moore
Senior Museum Program Officer
rmoore@imls.gov
202-653-4637
To schedule a time to talk to Reagan Moore about Lifelong Learning, click here.

Reagan Moore
Senior Museum Program Officer
rmoore@imls.gov
202-653-4637
To schedule a time to talk to Reagan Moore about Institutional Capacity, click here.

Mark Feitl
Senior Museum Program Officer
mfeitl@imls.gov
202-653-4635
To schedule a time to talk to Mark Feitl about Collections Stewardship and Access, click here.

Laura Zamarripa
Museum Program Specialist
lzamarripa@imls.gov
202-653-4753
To schedule a time to talk to Laura Zamarripa about Lifelong Learning, click here.

Jennifer Anstadt
Museum Program Specialist
janstadt@imls.gov
202-653-4765
To schedule a time to talk to Jennifer Anstadt about Institutional Capacity, click here.

Lola Clairmont
Museum Program Specialist
lclairmont@imls.gov
202-653-4764
To schedule a time to talk to Lola Clairmont about Collections Stewardship and Access, click here.

Webinars:
We invite you to view two pre-recorded webinars:

Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2022 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.

FY 2022 Inspire! Grants for Small Museums 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.

Deadline
November 15, 2021