Application: The FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF, 433KB) 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 your IMLS request.

Program Overview:
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cut across various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.

Museums Empowered has four project categories:

  • Digital Technology: To empower museum staff to fully explore, understand, adopt, and optimize the use of digital technology in museums
  • Diversity and Inclusion: To empower museum staff to develop cultural competency and support museum relevancy in their communities
  • Evaluation: To empower museum staff to use formative and summative evaluation of programs, practices, and products that can help the museum yield indicators and measurable outcomes
  • Organizational Management: To empower museum staff to learn best practices in organizational management, strategic thinking, innovation, and managing change

Program Contacts:
Mark Isaksen
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Laura Zamarripa
Museum Program Specialist

We invite you to view two pre-recorded webinars:

Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2021 is 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.

FY 2021 Museums Empowered provides detailed information about the goals of this specific grant program and how to apply.

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