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NC Science Museums Grant Program

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Funding Amount

Award maximums are based on each applicant’s county tier designation:
Tier One – up to $75,000
Tier Two – up to $60,000
Tier Three – up to $50,000

Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Previous cycle has closed (May 1 - May 31, 2023). Applications will be accepted on a two-year cycle


Grant awards are based on criteria that promote the priorities of state government per general statute 143B-135.227, especially in the areas of economic development and education

Who Can Apply

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for an award:
1. The museum must be a science center or museum or a children’s museum that is physically located in the State
2. The museum must be open, operating, and exhibiting science or science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education objects to the general public at least 120 days of each year for the past two or more years
3. The museum must be a municipal or nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income taxes pursuant to section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code
4. The museum has on its staff at least one full-time professional person
5. The museum’s governing body has adopted a mission statement that includes language that shows the museum has a concentration on science or STEM education

Award amounts will be determined by the following criteria:
(When compared to other museum applicants)
- Are located in counties that are more economically distressed according to the annual rankings prepared by the Department of Commerce pursuant to G.S. 143B-437.08(c)
- Generate a larger portion of their operating funds from non-State revenue
- Have a higher attendance-to-population ratio
- Partner with other museums in the State to share exhibits, programs, or other activities
- Are not located in close proximity to other science or STEM education museums

Additional Eligibility Requirements

All parties will be given the opportunity to submit a full Application Form, which includes questions to establish grant eligibility. A preview of the information required for the Application form is available here:

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