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National Leadership Grants for Museums

December 01, 2015
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2016 is now available.

Grant Amount: $50,000–$500,000

Grant Period: Up to three years

Cost Share Requirement:  In order to receive a National Leadership Grants for Museum award, 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 expected for research projects and will not be considered in the review of the application.

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. National Leadership Grants for Museums has three project categories:

Learning Experiences

IMLS supports the unique ability of museums to empower people of all ages through experiential learning and discovery. Successful projects provide high-quality, inclusive educational opportunities that address particular audience needs.

Community Anchors

IMLS promotes the role of museums as essential partners in addressing the needs of their communities by leveraging their expertise, knowledge, physical space, technology, and other resources. These projects strive to create a better quality of life within communities.

Collections Stewardship

IMLS supports the exemplary management, care, and conservation of museum collections. Projects address a clearly articulated and well-documented need and contribute to the long-term preservation of materials entrusted to the museum’s care.

Eligibility:  Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply. Public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may also apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and non-profit universities, are eligible.

Program Contacts:

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

Learning Experiences Community Anchors Collections Stewardship

Helen Wechsler
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Mark Isaksen
Senior Program Officer

Connie Bodner
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist


Sarah Glass
Museum Program Specialist

Mark Feitl
Museum Program Specialist


Learn more about museum grant programs by participating in IMLS webinars. Click here for instructions.

A general presentation on IMLS museum grants. We recommend that you view this presentation before participating in a program-specific webinar.

FY16 National Leadership Grants for Museums program webinar.