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Museums for America

Institute of Museum and Library Sciences

Funding Amount

$5,000 – $250,000

Matching Funds

You must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of your IMLS request

Funding Cycle

Application deadline is November 15, 2023


Museums for America has three project categories:
- Lifelong Learning
- Community Engagement
- 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 purposes
- 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 and (202) 653-4657

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