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Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

November 01, 2018
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 403KB) is now available.
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.

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


We invite you to view two pre-recorded webinars:
FY19 Choosing a Funding Opportunity: We recommend that you view this presentation before participating in a program-specific webinar.
FY19 IMLS Forms: This webinar provides detailed tips on completing required forms for all grant programs.

We invite you to view a pre-application webinar to learn more about the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture.

Learn more about accessing IMLS webinars at the bottom of the Events and Webinars page of the IMLS website.