September 15, 2015


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard

IMLS Announces Grants of More Than $25 Million for U.S. Museums

 Two largest federal museum grant programs award grants to 217 museum projects

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 217 museum projects totaling $25,996,400. The museums were selected from 583 applications requesting a total of $73,954,575 and were awarded through the highly competitive Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $33,841,194 in non-federal funds.

“IMLS helps museums provide opportunities for visitors to experience science, history, art, technology and living collections in unique and interactive ways,” said IMLS Acting Director Maura Marx. “With this federal support, museums all over the country will be better equipped to care for their collections, create exhibitions and learning experiences for visitors, and contribute to a better quality of life for their communities.”

The Museums for America grants support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to address its key needs or challenges for better service to its community. The National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public.

See the list of projects funded by Museums for America Grants by state.

See the list of projects funded by a National Leadership Grants by state.

For information about Museums for America, see For information about National Leadership Grants for Museums, see

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