Deadline: November 15, 2023*
Application: The FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity is not yet available. The FY 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF, 665KB) is available for reference.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000
Grant Period: One to two years
Cost Share Requirement: None
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, policy development and institutional planning, technology enhancements, professional development, community outreach, audience development, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Inspire! has three project categories:
- Lifelong Learning
- Institutional Capacity
- Collections Stewardship and Access
If you have questions, please contact any of the staff members listed under the category that best fits your project.
Collections Stewardship and Access
The FY 2023 webinars are available for reference.
Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2023 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 2023 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.
To view all archived webinars, please click here.
*All grant programs are subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion. Deadlines are tentative.