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Museums for America

December 14, 2018
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2019 (PDF 375KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Grant Period: Up to three years

Museum Grant Deadline Extended for Applicants in California Wildfire Major Disaster Declaration Areas
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is extending the deadline for its Museums for America, National Leadership Grants for Museums, and Museums Empowered grant programs from December 14, 2018, to January 4, 2019, for institutions located in counties included in the California Wildfires Major Disaster Declaration made on November 12, 2018. Institutions in the affected areas may request an extension by emailing by Friday, December 14, at 11:59 pm ET. See the November 26 news release for more information.

Cost Share Requirement: You must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of your IMLS request.

Program Overview:
The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. MFA has three project categories:

Lifelong Learning
Community Anchors and Catalysts
Collections Stewardship and Public Access

Eligibility: Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply.

Program Contacts:
If you have questions, please contact any of the staff members listed under the category that best fits your project.

Lifelong Learning

Community Anchors and Catalysts

Collections Stewardship and Public Access

Sandra Narva
Senior Program Officer

Steve Shwartzman
Senior Program Officer

Connie Bodner
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Reagan Moore
Museum Program Officer

Ashley Jones
Museum Program Specialist

Mark Feitl
Museum Program Officer


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 FY19 Museums for America program.

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