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Applications Open for Two Key IMLS Museum Grant Programs

September 29, 2017 ET


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard,

Applications Open for Two Key IMLS Museum Grant Programs
Due Date Is December 1

Washington, D.C. — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting grant applications for the Museums for America and the National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. The application deadline for each program is December 1, 2017.

Changes to the FY 2018 programs include adjustments to award amount limits for Museums for America (MFA); applicants may request awards of up to $250,000. The Museums for America program continues to support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

Applicants for The National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-M) program may now apply under four new project categories: Advancing Digital Assets and Capacity, Diversity and Inclusion, Collections Care and Access, and Professional Development. Program guidelines also include information about activities of special interest to IMLS for FY 2018.

“IMLS is looking forward to receiving applications in the newly-focused project categories of NLG-M from visionary and collaborative leaders who can address some of these current areas of need within the museum field. We encourage FY 2018 NLG-M applicants to take an outside-in perspective and propose projects that will allow them to go in-depth in one of the project categories and contribute towards far-reaching impact,” said Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of the Office of Museum Services at IMLS.

See the IMLS website for program guidelines (notices of funding opportunities), instructions for completing applications, staff contacts, and webinar information for both of these museum grant programs:

Applicants are encouraged to check the IMLS website for future notices of funding opportunities for the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Program, Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program, and Museums Empowered Program.

Webinars with Program Staff

Potential grant applicants are invited to view two pre-recorded webinars, which can help provide information on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and navigate the required IMLS forms. Click here for instructions on how to join the webinars. Pre-recorded webinars are accessible online.

IMLS also invites potential applicants to view a live webinar offered for each grant program. Details are available on the IMLS website at

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