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Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.
IMLS Announces Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums Recipients
Washington, DC—Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced new grants for 211 museum projects, totaling $25,576,662, through its highly competitive Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs.
This brings total IMLS support for museum services in 2014 to $30,062,585 for 263 projects. Museums of all types benefit from this funding—art museums, science centers, aquariums, children’s museums, and history museums among them. A list of recipients is available on the IMLS website.
Museums and other organizations across the country will use these funds to support learning experiences, engage community members, make rich collections more accessible, and safeguard the nation’s cultural and scientific heritage represented by the collections. Museums for America grants help museums address their key needs or challenges, enabling them to provide better service to their communities. National Leadership Grants for Museums address critical needs of the museum field and have the potential to advance professional practice nationwide.
“Millions of Americans visit museums each year,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “These federal investments will ultimately help museums deliver enhanced learning experiences, improve collections care, and address community needs.”
In addition to the grant recipients announced today for Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums, IMLS announced grant recipients earlier this year for its Museum Grants for African American History and Culture, Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program, and Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums.
IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects, including exhibits; onsite and offsite arts and education programming; projects to digitize collections; partnerships to reach underserved neighborhoods and to address community needs; projects for people with disabilities and underserved populations; conservation of threatened or fragile collections, including living collections in zoos and botanical gardens; creative physical spaces for hands-on learning; internships; makerspaces and STEM-based learning projects; and much more.
For information about IMLS museum grant programs, see https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded-grants.
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 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.