Museum Program Rolls Out $20M Competition, Children Efforts Eligible

IMLS_LogoAgency: Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS); Program: 2017 Museums for America (CFDA Number: 45.301) (Funding Opportunity Number: MFA-FY17); Eligibility: Governments and 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: $20 million for 126 awards (a 1:1 match is required for grant requests larger than $25,000); Deadline: Dec. 1.

Summary: These IMLS funds go to help museums better serve their communities. Examples of funding uses include art collection enhancements, public/school programming, research and technology upgrades. Outside-the-box submissions are encouraged. The Museums for America program now incorporates proposals previously solicited through the Conservation Project Support program.

All types of organizations should consider submitting an application. The U. of California (Lawrence Hall of Science), Berkeley, CA, won a $150,000 grant for an early learning literacy program. And, the Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview, IL, won a $149,000 grant to expand its Early Childhood Connections project, a professional development effort to help teachers and childcare providers who are working with young children at risk of academic failure from low-income communities.

Info: (NOFA); for questions, Sandra Narva, senior program officer, 202-653-4634,;  Connie Bodner, supervisory grants management specialist, 202-653-4636,; or Steve Shwartzman, senior program officer, 202-653-4641.

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