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National Leadership Grants for Museums

Deadline: 
November 15, 2019

Application: The most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF, 484 KB) is available for reference.
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 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity.

All grant programs are subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion. The deadlines and other information are tentative until the FY 2021 NOFO is posted. The next anticipated deadline is November 16, 2020.

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 Care and Public Access
  • Data, Analysis, and Assessment
  • Digital Platforms and Applications
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Professional Development

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

Collections Care and Public Access

Data, Analysis, and Assessment

Digital Platforms and Applications

Diversity and Inclusion

Professional Development

Mark Feitl
Senior Museum Program Officer
mfeitl@imls.gov
202-653-4635

Helen Wechsler
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
hwechsler@imls.gov
202-653-4779

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

Webinars:
Learn more about museum grant programs by participating in IMLS webinars.

A general presentation on IMLS museum grants. We recommend that you view this presentation before participating in a program-specific webinar. The FY 2021 webinar would be posted in advance of the deadline. This FY 2020 webinar remains available for reference.

FY 2020 National Leadership Grants for Museums Information Session. The FY 2021 webinar would be posted in advance of the deadline. This FY 2020 webinar remains available for reference.