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Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Funding Amount

$5,000 – $50,000

Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Application deadline is November 15, 2023


Three project categories:
- Lifelong Learning
- Institutional Capacity
- Collections Stewardship and Access

Who Can Apply

All applicants must be either:
- a unit of State, local, or tribal government or
- a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal
Revenue Code

To be eligible for funding as a “museum,” an organization must also:
- use a professional staff – An institution uses a professional staff if it employs at
least one staff member, or the full-time equivalent, paid or unpaid, primarily
engaged in the acquisition, care, or exhibition to the public of objects owned or
used by the institution
- be organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic
- own or use tangible objects, either animate or inanimate
- care for these objects
- exhibit these objects to the general public on a regular basis, at least 120 days
a year
- conduct these activities in facilities that it owns or operates

Depending on the grant program, other organizations that may be eligible for
funding include:
- colleges and universities
- organizations that serve museums
- federally recognized Native American tribes
- organizations that serve Native Hawaiians

Additional Eligibility Requirements


Additional Information

For additional information, contact the organization at or (202) 653-4657

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