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Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

December 01, 2016
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2017 is now available.

Grant Amount: $5,000 - $150,000

Grant Period: Up to three years

Cost Share Requirement: For applications requesting grants of more than $25,000, 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 permitted for applications requesting amounts from $5,000-$25,000.

Program Overview:

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support projects that improve the operations, care of collections, and development of professional management at African American museums.

Eligibility: 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


Learn more about museum grant programs by participating in IMLS webinars.

A general presentation on IMLS museum grants. We recommend that you view this presentation before participating in a program-specific webinar.

FY17 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program webinar.