Deadline: November 15, 2021*
Application: The FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity is not yet available. The FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF 389KB) is 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 your IMLS request.

Program Overview:
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff, a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program, supports staff capacity building projects that use professional development to generate systemic change within a museum. Museums Empowered has four project categories:

  • Digital Technology
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Evaluation
  • Organizational Management

Program Contacts:
Mark Isaksen
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Laura Zamarripa
Museum Program Specialist

The FY 2021 webinars are available for reference.

Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2021, a general presentation on IMLS museum grants.We recommend that you view this presentation for an overview before considering a specific grant program. Click here to access recordings in different formats, or to read the transcript.

Museums Empowered, information about this program for FY 2021. Click here to access recordings in different formats, or to read the transcript.

To view all archived webinars, please click here.

*All grant programs are subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion. Deadlines are tentative.