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National Leadership Grants for Museums

Deadline: 
November 16, 2020

Application: The FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF, 452KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$1,000,000
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, unless otherwise indicated in the FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Program Overview:
National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. This program has five project categories:

  • Collections Stewardship and Access
  • Data and Evaluation
  • Digital Platforms and Applications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professional Development

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

Collections Stewardship and Access
Data and Evaluation
Digital Platforms and Applications

Diversity and Inclusion
Professional Development

Helen Wechsler
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
hwechsler@imls.gov

Mark Isaksen
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
misaksen@imls.gov

Webinars:
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 National Leadership Grants for Museums 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.