Deadline: November 15, 2021*
Application: The FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity is not yet available. The FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF 384KB) is 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
  • Institutional Capacity
  • Collections Stewardship and Access

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

Lifelong Learning

Institutional Capacity

Collections Stewardship and Access

Reagan Moore
Senior Museum Program Officer

Mark Feitl
Senior Museum Program Officer

The FY 2021 webinars are available for reference.

Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2021, a general presentation on IMLS museum grants.We recommend that you view this presentation for an overview before considering a specific grant program. Click here to access recordings in different formats, or to read the transcript.

Inspire! Grants for Small Museums, information about this program for FY 2021. Click here to access recordings in different formats, or to read the transcript.

To view all archived webinars, please click here.

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