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Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums

March 01, 2018
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2018 will be posted 60-90 days before the next deadline.  The FY 2017 NOFO is available as a reference document on the IMLS website.
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Grant Period: Up to three years

Cost Share Requirement: For applications requesting grant funding of more than $25,000, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request. No cost sharing is permitted for applications requesting amounts of $5,000-$25,000.

Program Overview:
Museums for America (MFA) grants support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special MFA initiative to provide professional development and internal capacity building opportunities for eligible museums.

IMLS encourages applicants to invest in the professional development of museum staff, volunteers, and interns to enhance their skills and ensure the highest standards in all aspects of museum operations.

To support and empower museums of all sizes and disciplines in responding to the evolving needs of the museum profession and changes in their communities, this MFA special initiative has four areas of focus for professional development:

  • Digital Technology
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Evaluation
  • Organizational Management

Potential projects will address one of these four priority areas and help strengthen the ability of an individual museum to better serve its public through professional development activities that cross-cut various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.

Eligibility: Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply.

Program Contacts:
If you have questions, please contact either of the staff listed below:

Mark Isaksen
Senior Program Officer

Jill Connors-Joyner
Museum Program Specialist

Learn more about museum grant programs by participating in IMLS webinars.
A general presentation on IMLS museum grants.
FY18 Museums Empowered program webinar.