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IMLS Calls for 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant Applications

January 10, 2011


IMLS Press Contacts
Natasha Marstiller,
Mamie Bittner,

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the 2011 21st Century Museum Professionals grants program. Proposals will be accepted from museums, museum service organizations, and universities for projects that will improve the knowledge and skills of museum staff in multiple institutions. The 21st Century Museum Professionals grants are intended to reach broad groups of museum professionals throughout a city, county, state, region, or the nation. Successful proposals will reflect an understanding of museum service needs in the communities to be served by the project and how the proposed project will benefit multiple institutions and diverse audiences.

Funding will support projects involving core museum management skills such as planning, leadership, finance, program design, partnership, and evaluation. Projects may also focus on collections care and management, interpretation, marketing and audience development, staff retention, visitor services, governance, and other areas of museum operations.

IMLS encourages applicants to review its report, Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills, and respond with project proposals that promote the skills necessary to develop 21st century communities, citizens, and workers.

Learn more about the 21st Century Museum Professionals program by participating in one of the upcoming IMLS webinars. Program staff will talk about the purpose of the grants, the grant application process and answer participants’ questions.

Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Check the application guidelines and instructions page for more information closer to the event date.

Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff with their questions:

Mark Isaksen, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4667

Twinet G. Kimbrough, Program Specialist
Phone: 202/653-4703

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