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Grant Opportunities Open for Six IMLS Museum Programs

August 15, 2019

Grant Opportunities Open for Six IMLS Museum Programs
Applications Accepted Now Through November 15

Washington, D.C.—Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for six grant programs:

“American museums play an important cultural role in our nation, making significant contributions to improving the quality of life in their communities,” said Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of Museum Services. “IMLS grants enable museums and related organizations to strengthen their institutional capacities, expand staff professional development, explore innovative solutions to addressing relevant issues, and achieve positive outcomes for themselves and the people they serve. We are very pleased to empower museums with the FY 2020 funding opportunities so that they can continue to serve as active community partners.”

Applicants should note that IMLS has made changes to deadlines for its museum grant programs for FY 2020: applications for all six programs are due on November 15, 2019. Applicants should review the notices of funding opportunity carefully to understand these program goals and changes, which align with the 2018-2022 IMLS Strategic Plan.

Potential grant applicants are invited to view a webinar on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity, as well as to learn more about specific programs. Please review the webinar listing for a schedule of live and pre-recorded webinars that are accessible online. IMLS staff contacts listed in each notice of funding opportunity are available to answer any questions and provide guidance during the application process.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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