Deadline: The FY 2019 deadline was December 14, 2018.
Application: The FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF 385KB) remains 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. No cost sharing is required for research projects or projects in the rapid prototyping $5,000 - $50,000 funding level.
National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-M) 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. NLG-M has five project categories:
- Collections Care and Public Access
- Data, Analysis, and Assessment
- Digital Platforms and Applications
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Professional Development
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.
If you have questions, please contact any of the staff member 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
You may learn more about museum grant programs by viewing the following FY 2019 on-demand webinars. New webinars will be posted during the next open application period.
Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2019, a general presentation on IMLS museum grants. We recommend that you view this presentation for an overview before considering a specific grant program. Please click here to access recordings in different formats, or to read the transcript.
National Leadership Grants for Museums, information about this program for FY 2019. Please click here to access recordings in different formats, or to read the transcript.
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