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Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Grant Info: 

Deadline: The FY 2019 deadline was November 1, 2018.
Application: The FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF 403KB) remains available for reference.
Grant Amount: $5,000 - $250,000
Grant Period: Up 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 the request. No cost sharing is required for applications requesting amounts from $5,000-$50,000.

Program Overview:
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support activities that build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.

Eligible applicants include museums with a primary purpose and focus on African American life, art, history, and/or culture, encompassing: the period of slavery; the era of Reconstruction; the Harlem renaissance; the civil rights movement; and other periods of the African American diaspora. Museum applicants must also fulfill the IMLS general eligibility criteria for museums.

Nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to support museums identified above may also apply. Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) are also eligible. Please see program guidelines for specific eligibility criteria.

Program Contacts:
Mark Isaksen
Senior Program Officer

Ashley Jones
Program Specialist


To learn more about museum grant programs, IMLS has made FY 2019 on-demand webinars available. New FY 2020 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.

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture, 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.