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Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

December 01, 2015
Grant Info: 

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

Grant Amount: $10,000 to $25,000

Grant Period: Up to one year

Cost Share Requirement:  No cost share requirements.

Program Overview: The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Project results – be they success, failure, or a combination thereof – should offer valuable information to the museum field and the potential for improvement in the ways museums serve their communities.

Eligibility: Museums that fulfill the general 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:

Helen Wechsler
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Jill Connors-Joyner
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 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program webinar.