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Native Hawaiians for Culture and Heritage Preservation

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

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11/15/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA Tribes and nonprofit organizations representing and serving Native Hawaiians to promote knowledge, heritage, and culture. Required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for educational programming and services, exhibitions, organizational capacity building, professional development, and collections stewardship.

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, workforce professional development, organizational capacity building, and collections stewardship. As a result, the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program has significant potential to generate positive societal impact through project activities undertaken as part of the grant-funded work and activities that may be complementary to the project. IMLS does not prescribe the type, focus, reach, or scale of societal impact required for each project, but the questions to be addressed in the application Narrative and the review criteria reflect the agency’s commitment to both advancing knowledge and understanding and to ensuring that the federal investment made through grants generates benefits to society.

Reflecting IMLS’s agency-level goals, the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program has three program goals and from two to four objectives associated with each goal. Each applicant should align their proposed project with one of these three goals and one or more of the associated objectives. 

  • Goal 1: Empower people of all ages and backgrounds through experiential and crossdisciplinary learning and discovery.
    • Objective 1.1: Support public programs, adult programs, family programs, and early childhood programs.
    • Objective 1.2: Support exhibitions, interpretation, and digital media.
    • Objective 1.3: Support in-school and out-of-school educational programs.
    • Objective 1.4: Support the professional development of the Native American and Native Hawaiian museum workforce.
  • Goal 2: Build the capacity of organizations to serve their communities.
    • Objective 2.1: Support institutional planning and policy development.
    • Objective 2.2: Support technology enhancements.

• Goal 3: Advance the management and care of Native American and Native Hawaiian collections and their associated documentation.

    • Objective 3.1: Support cataloging, inventorying, and registration; collections information management; and collections planning.
    • Objective 3.2: Support conservation and environmental improvement and/or rehousing; conservation surveys; and conservation treatment.
    • Objective 3.3: Support database management, digital asset management, and digitization.
    • Objective 3.4: Support the preservation and perpetuation of indigenous languages and traditional cultural practices.

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Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 26

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $100,000
- Award Floor: $5,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin on July 1, 2022.

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 Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Notice of Funding Opportunity, your organization must be:
- a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe or
- a Nonprofit Organization that Primarily Serves and Represents Native Hawaiians.

Federally Recognized Indian Tribe
To be eligible for funding as this type of entity, your organization must be an “Indian tribe,” which means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A list of eligible entities is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Nonprofit Organization that Primarily Serves and Represents Native Hawaiians
To be eligible for funding as this type of entity, your organization must be a nonprofit that primarily serves and represents Native Hawaiians, as that term is defined in 20 U.S.C. § 7517. In order for a museum to be eligible, it must demonstrate that it is established as an organization that meets this statutory eligibility criteria.
The Institute recognizes the potential for valuable contributions to the overall goals of the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program by entities that do not meet the eligibility requirements above. Although such entities may not serve as the lead applicant organization, they are encouraged to participate in projects as partners. Such entities may, for example, assist the lead applicant with project activities. Federally operated libraries and museums may not apply for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants, but they may serve as nonessential partners to applicants if they do not receive IMLS grant funds as a result of the project. Please note that federally appropriated funds, whether they are disbursed directly to you by an agency of the federal government or indirectly through another organization, do not count toward your cost share, if any.

Contact IMLS before submitting an application involving a federal agency or federal collection.

Applications involving partnerships or collaborations are welcome. When two or more eligible institutions or organizations work together on a project, one of them must meet all eligibility requirements, serve as the lead applicant, and administer the award on behalf of the other(s). If IMLS funds the project, the lead applicant will be programmatically, fiscally, and legally responsible for the award.

The following list includes some examples of unallowable costs, both for IMLS funds and for cost share under this announcement:
- General fundraising costs, such as development office staff or other staff time devoted to general fundraising
- Contributions to endowments
- General operating support
- Acquisition of collections (see 2 C.F.R. § 3187.15(b))
- General advertising or public relations costs designed solely for promotional activities other than those related to the specific project
- Construction or renovation of facilities (generally, any activity involving the construction trades is not an allowable cost)
- Social activities, ceremonies, receptions, or entertainment
- Research projects (see 2 C.F.R. § 200.1)
If you have questions about whether specific activities are allowable, contact IMLS staff for guidance.

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)

Registration Requirements
Before submitting an application, an applicant organization must have a current and active Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S®) Number; a current and active System for Award Management (SAM) registration; and an active registration with an approved Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Check materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

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Contact Information:

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

Program Contacts:
Mark Feitl
Senior Museum Program Officer

Jennifer Anstadt
Museum Program Specialist

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.

Visit the Federal Service Desk at or call 1-866-606-8220 for questions about registering or renewing your registration with or Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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

Be sure to obtain a case number when calling the Federal Service Desk or for support.

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