May 23, 2017


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard, 202-653-4799

Administration’s FY 2018 Budget Request Includes $23 Million to Start Wind-Down of IMLS Operations

Washington, DC—Today, President Donald J. Trump released his FY 2018 budget request to Congress, which includes $23 million for administrative expenses to begin conducting a closeout of operations of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) starting in Fiscal Year 2018. IMLS is one of several independent agencies designated for elimination in the FY 2018 budget request. The budget request expands upon the initial Administration budget request released in March, proposing the elimination of IMLS. The request released today includes no funding for IMLS grant programs.

For information about how the proposed budget and budget process may affect institutions with existing grants or IMLS operations generally, see the FY 2018 IMLS Budget Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 68.8KB) document.

IMLS is an independent grantmaking agency and the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. The agency helps ensure that all Americans have access to critically needed museum, library, and information services. It supports innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement, enabling museums and libraries from geographically and economically diverse areas to deliver essential services that make it possible for individuals and communities to thrive.