Cultural Programs Can Win IMLS Awards

IMLS_LogoAgency: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Program: 2016 Sparks! Ignition Museum Grants (CFDA Number: 45.312); Eligibility: Nonprofits, schools, museums and institutions of higher education (children’s and youth museums are encouraged to apply); Funding (Tentative): Up to 10 awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each; Deadline (Estimated): February.

Summary: officials tell us to anticipate a NOFA in the fall with a December deadline.

Grants support innovative literacy and cultural programs. The grants provide targeted investments for high-risk, innovative programs attempting to solve problems faced by cultural heritage institutions, museums and libraries. Youth programs have won support. The IMLS made a $25,000 Sparks Grant to the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA) Museum Of Contemporary Art for a digital app for iPads called “You Are the Artist!” for children three to six years old. The U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC, won a grant for a greenhouse-garden-on-wheels to provide a bedside field trip for hospitalized children at the UNC Hospital. For a complete list of prior grantees, go to:

Info: (most recent NOFA);  Tim Carrigan, 202/653-4639; e-mail,; for questions about the competition.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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