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National Leadership Grants for Museums

Deadline: 
December 01, 2017
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2018 will be posted in September 2017. The NOFO for FY 2017 remains available for reference.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$1,000,000
Grant Period: Up to three years

Cost Share Requirement: In order to receive a National Leadership Grants for Museums 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 required for research projects or projects in the rapid prototyping $5,000 - $50,000 funding level 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 four project categories. Note that these categories are new for FY 2018 and are different from those in the FY 2017 NOFO:

  • Advancing Digital Assets and Capacity
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Collections Care and Access
  • 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.

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

National Leadership Grants for Museums Contacts

Advancing Digital Assets and Capacity

Diversity and Inclusion

Collections Care and Access

Professional Development

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

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

Connie Bodner
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
cbodner@imls.gov
202-653-4636

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

Reagan Moore Museum Program Specialist
rmoore@imls.gov
202-653-4637

Jill Connors-Joyner
Museum Program Specialist
jconnors-joyner@imls.gov
202-653-4791

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

Jill Connors-Joyner
Museum Program Specialist
jconnors-joyner@imls.gov
202-653-4791

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 2018 webinar will be posted in September. This FY 2017 webinar remains available for reference.

FY17 National Leadership Grants for Museums program webinar. The FY 2018 webinar will be posted in September. This FY 2017 webinar remains available for reference.