August 18, 2020

Six IMLS Museum Grant Opportunities Now Open
Applications Accepted Now Through November 16

Washington, DC—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 is now accepting applications for six grant programs:

Applications for all six programs are due on November 16, 2020. Applicants should review the notices of funding opportunity carefully to understand the program goals, which align with the 2018-2022 IMLS Strategic Plan.

"IMLS understands the importance of funding projects that can stabilize and strengthen the capacity of museums and help them continue serving their communities," said Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of Museum Services. "This need has been heightened in the current pandemic situation. Museums are facing extraordinary challenges, yet remain committed to carrying out their mission of educating, safeguarding collections, and facilitating community connections. We encourage eligible museums of all types and sizes, and related organizations to apply for these grants."

Prospective 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. Visit the IMLS website for a listing of upcoming and on-demand webinars.

For questions or guidance, please contact the staff members listed in each notice of funding opportunity.

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