Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for six (6) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant programs.
- Museums for America $5,000–$250,000
- The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.
- Inspire! Grants for Small Museums $5,000–$50,000
- Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans.
- Museums Empowered $5,000–$250,000
- Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff is a special initiative of the Museums for America grant program with the goal of strengthening the ability of an individual museum to serve its public through professional development activities that cut across various departments to generate systemic change within the museum.
- National Leadership Grants for Museums $5,000–$1,000,000
- 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.
- Museum Grants for African American History and Culture $5,000–$250,000
- The goals of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program (AAHC program) are to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.
- Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services $5,000–$100,000
- The goal of the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grant program is to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship.
Prospective grant applicants are invited to view a webinar on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity.
Applications for all six programs are due on November 16, 2020.