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Application Guidelines Now Available for IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Monday, November 15, 2010


IMLS Press Contacts
Natasha Marstiller,
Mamie Bittner,

Application Deadline: January 18, 2011

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is pleased to announce the availability of guidelines and application forms for the 2011 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. The grant program supports projects that enhance institutional capacity and sustainability in the nation’s African American museums through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other important tools. Successful applications will focus on one or more of the following goals:

Developing or strengthening knowledge, skills, and other expertise of current staff at African American Museums
Attracting and retaining professionals with the skills needed to strengthen African American museums
Attracting new staff to African American museum practice and providing them with the expertise needed to sustain them in the museum field
Application guidelines and instructions are available here. Please direct any questions about the program to Mark Isaksen, Senior Program Officer, 202-653-4667, or Twinet Kimbrough, Program Specialist, 202-653-4703,

Webinars with Program Staff
Learn more about the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program at one of IMLS’s upcoming webinars. Program staff will talk about the purpose of the grants and the grant application process and answer participants’ questions during two upcoming webinars. The webinar schedule is as follows:

  • November 30, 2:00 pm EST
  • December 7, 2:00 pm EST

Click on the webinar link: Access audio in one of two ways: 

  • Follow the instructions in the Webinar’s "Join Teleconference" dialogue box to allow the computer to call your phone line.
  • If you do not have a direct phone line (or a computer), call the following conference call number: 1-888-850-4523; Participant Passcode: 761243

Please test your computer’s compatibility with Adobe Connect Pro by visiting the following link: We recommend you do this well before the conference begins.

Participants may begin logging in to the webinar up to 10 minutes prior to the conference start time. We recommend you log in to the webinar before calling the conference call line. If you do not have a computer available to you, you may participate solely through the conference call line.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture