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Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff

Deadline: 
March 01, 2018
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2018 (PDF, 419KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Grant Period: Up to three years

Cost Share Requirement: For applications requesting grant funding 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 of $5,000-$25,000.

Program Overview:
The goal of the Museums for America (MFA) program is to support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.  Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special MFA initiative with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cross-cut various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.

IMLS encourages applicants to invest in the professional development of museum staff, volunteers, and interns to enhance their skills and ensure the highest standards in all aspects of museum operations.

To support and empower museums of all sizes and disciplines in responding to the evolving needs of the museum profession and changes in their communities, this MFA special initiative has four project categories for professional development:

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

Potential projects will address one of these four priority areas and help strengthen the ability of an individual museum to better serve its public.

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

Program Contacts:
If you have questions, please contact either of the staff listed below:

Mark Isaksen
Senior Program Officer
misaksen@imls.gov
202-653-4667

Jill Connors-Joyner
Museum Program Specialist
jconnors-joyner@imls.gov
202-653-4791

Webinars:
We invite you to view two pre-recorded webinars:

We invite you to participate in a live webinar to learn more about the FY18 Museums Empowered program:

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