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Grants to USA Museums, Nonprofits, IHEs, and Tribes
to Develop the Capacity of African American Museums

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

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11/15/21 11:59 PM EST Electronic Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories museums, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and tribal organizations to develop the organizational capacity of African American museums. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding may be used for projects that nurture museum professionals, build institutional capacity, and increase access to museum and archival collections at African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Guiding IMLS' grantmaking are three agency-level goals with two objectives each.

Goal 1: Champion Lifelong Learning

  • Objective 1.1: Advance shared knowledge and learning opportunities for all.
  • Objective 1.2: Support the training and professional development of the museum and library workforce.

Goal 2: Strengthen Community Engagement

  • Objective 2.1: Promote inclusive engagement across diverse audiences.
  • Objective 2.2: Support community collaboration and foster civic discourse.

Goal 3: Advance Collections Stewardship and Access

  • Objective 3.1: Support collections care and management.
  • Objective 3.2: Promote access to museum and library collections.

The Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Program is designed to support the achievement of these agency-level goals and to facilitate the delivery of significant results consistent with the IMLS federal authorizing legislation (20 U.S.C. § 9101 et seq.; in particular, § 9173 (Museum services activities)); and 20 U.S.C. § 80r (National Museum of African American History and Culture), in particular 20 U.S.C. § 80r-5 (Educational and liaison programs). Each award that IMLS makes through Museum Grants for African American History and Culture will align with one of these agency-level goals and one associated objective and will thus contribute meaningfully to the achievement of both program and agency-level goals.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162642

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Small Project: $5,000 - $50,000
Large Project: $50,001 - $250,000

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Anticipated period of performance: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025. Project activities may be carried out for one to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an award under this Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Notice of Funding Opportunity, your organization must meet all three of the following criteria:
1. Must be either a unit of State, local, or tribal government or be a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;
2. Must be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and
3. Must qualify as one of the following:
(a) A museum whose primary purpose, as reflected in its mission, is African American life, art, history, and/or culture, encompassing: the period of slavery; the era of Reconstruction; the Harlem renaissance; the civil rights movement; and other periods of the African American diaspora; and using a professional staff, is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational, cultural heritage or aesthetic purposes; owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects; and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates.
(b) A public or private nonprofit agency that is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets the eligibility criteria in 1, 2, and 3(a), applying on behalf of the museum;
(c) A museum service organization or association whose primary purpose, as reflected in its mission, is to support museums whose primary purpose, as reflected in their mission, is African American life, art, history, and/or culture; or
(d) A historically black college or university, as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. Section 2011, and pursuant to Executive Order 13256, dated February 12, 2002.

Native American tribal organizations may apply if they otherwise meet the above eligibility requirements.

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For a list of unallowable costs, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Submit through by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 15, 2021.
Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: June 2022 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)

Applicants must apply electronically through Workspace or a system-to-system solution.

IMLS strongly recommends that applicants obtain a D-U-N-S® number, register with SAM and, and complete and submit applications early (see Section D3). IMLS makes grants only to eligible applicants that submit applications, including attachments, through, on or before the deadline, as indicated by the date stamp generated by

IMLS recommends that applicants allow several weeks to complete the SAM registration and to secure a CAGE Code.

Cost Share Requirement: If your total request for federal funding is between $5,000 and $50,000, then no cost share is required. If your request for federal funding is between $50,001 and $250,000, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of your IMLS request.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Contacts:
Mark Isaksen
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Ashley Jones
Museum Program Specialist

Visit Support, email, or call Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 for technical assistance. Applicant Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for federal holidays.

To request an audio recording of this announcement, call 202-653-4744. To request a paper copy of this announcement, call 202-653-4744 or email

Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing (TTY Users) can contact IMLS at 202-207-7858 via 711 for TTY-Based Telecommunications Relay Service.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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