Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 will be posted 60-90 days before the deadline. The NOFO for FY 2018 (PDF, 389 KB) remains available as a 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.
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.
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.
If you have questions, please contact either of the staff members listed below:
Senior Program Officer
Museum 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. The FY 2019 webinar will be posted in August. This FY 2018 webinar remains available for reference.
FY18 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program webinar. The FY 2019 webinar will be posted in September. This FY 2018 webinar remains available for reference.