March 23, 2018

IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard

IMLS Receives Funding Increase for Remainder of FY 2018

Washington, D.C. — Today, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the end of September 2018.

The legislation includes $240 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is $9,000,000 above the FY 2017 enacted funding.

The legislation includes increases over FY 2017 enacted funding levels for the following programs and offices. 

  • Grants to States (+$4,700,000)
  • Native American Library Services and Native Hawaiian Library Services (+$1,000,000)
  • Museums for America (+$1,750,000)
  • Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (+$500,000)
  • Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (+$750,000)
  • Research, Evaluation, Data Collection (+$300,000)

Funding levels for IMLS administration and other programs remain at their current enacted levels.

"The increases in IMLS's Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations are an acknowledgement of the enduring value of our nation's museums and libraries," said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. "We are honored to be able to carry out our strategic role in support of America’s museums and libraries and their transformative work for communities."

For a complete appropriations table, please view the IMLS Appropriations Table: FY16 - FY18 (PDF, 68KB).

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