American Latino Museum Internship and Fellowship Initiative


This initiative is designed to provide opportunities for internships and fellowships at American Latino museums for students enrolled in Institutions of Higher Education, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The initiative will nurture students carrying out studies relating to American Latino life, art, history, and culture. There are two programmatic goals--supporting museum-based undergraduate internship programs and museum-based fellowships to increase museum career opportunities. Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for details of the specific goals and objectives for the initiative.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
The Institute of Museum and Library Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
20 USC Chapter 72 Museum and Library Services Act U.S.C. § 9101-9176; in particular § 9173 (Museum services activities)
20 U.S.C. National Museum of the American Latino, Educational and Liaison Programs U.S.C. § 80u(f)
Public Law 115-410
The Museum and Library Services Act authorizes the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services to enter into grants and other forms of assistance to support museums in providing learning and access to collections, information, and educational resources. The National Museum of the American Latino, Educational and Liaison Programs authorizes the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services ... to establish and carry out a grant program with the purpose of providing internship and fellowship opportunities at American Latino museums.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An applicant to this initiative must meet geographic and governance criteria and qualify as one of the following types of organizations: 1. A museum with a primary focus on American Latino life, art, history, and culture that uses 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. 2. A public or private nonprofit agency that is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets these criteria. 3. A museum service organization or association whose primary purpose, as reflected in its mission, is to support museums whose primary focus is on American Latino life, art, history, and culture. 4. An Institution of Higher Education, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions, that will engage in the project with one or more eligible museums. Applicants should consult the Notices of Funding Opportunity for more details.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Undergraduate and graduate students who wish to pursue studies and/or careers in the study of American Latino life, art, history, and culture will benefit from museum internships and fellowships supported through this assistance.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 1. Ensure that required registrations are active and user names and passwords are in place. 2. Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity carefully to get all the information required for applying. 3. Compose the complete application, using resources available through (e.g. on-demand webinars, instructions, Sample Applications, Reviewer Resources). 4. Contact an IMLS staff member to ask any questions about the application and review process. 5. Submit the application via by the deadline.
Award Procedure
IMLS staff review applications for eligibility and completeness. IMLS uses a peer review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications. Peer reviewers are experts in the field with relevant knowledge and expertise in the types of project activities identified in the applications. IMLS instructs reviewers to evaluate applications according to the review criteria outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Peer reviewers must comply with Federal ethics and conflicts of interest requirements. The IMLS Director takes into account the input provided by the review process and makes final funding decisions consistent with the purposes of the agency's mission and programs.
December 1, 2023 to March 1, 2024 Complete FY2024 applications must be submitted through by 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time, March 1, 2024.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. IMLS will not release information about the status of an application until the applications have been reviewed and all deliberations are concluded. IMLS expects to notify both successful and unsuccessful applicants of the final decisions by email in July 2024.
IMLS will provide copies of reviewer comments and scores to all unsuccessful applicants and invite them to consult with specific IMLS staff when determining whether to revise the proposal and submit it again to IMLS or another funding agency.
IMLS may extend particular grants at the discretion of the Director.
How are proposals selected?
Successful applications in this grant program will reflect a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge in creating and implementing museum internships and fellowships for students in higher education; present a work plan consisting of a set of logical, interrelated activities tied directly to addressing a specific key need or challenge identified in the application; and are designed to generate measurable results that tie directly to the identified need or challenge.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds must be used for the purposes outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, and in accordance with the Institute of Museum and Library Services General Terms and Conditions. Examples of allowable costs include personnel salaries, wages, and fringe benefits for project staff; travel expenses for key project staff and consultants; materials, supplies, software, and equipment related directly to project activities; adaptive and/or assistive technologies and other resources and services to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities; equipment to improve collections storage and exhibit environments; third-party costs; publication design and printing; program evaluation; staff and volunteer training; paid internships/fellowships; and indirect or overhead costs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees are required to submit a performance report annually. Reports are due according to the reporting schedule provided as part of the official award notification. Grantees must submit reports using the IMLS electronic grants management system. In support of the agency’s commitment to open government, interim and final performance reports may be made accessible on the IMLS website to engage the public in communities of practice and to inform application development and grant-making strategies.
Not applicable.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other project records must be retained for three years following the submission of the final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects awarded in FY2024 must begin August 1, 2024. Project activities may be carried out for one to three years. Money awarded must be obligated within the approved period of performance specified in the Official Award Notification. Funds are released as advances or reimbursements in response to requests for payment.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Connie Bodner
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20024 USA
Phone: 202-653-4636

Sandra Narva
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20024 USA
Phone: 202-653-4634
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $2,000,000.00; FY 24 est $3,500,000.00; - This was a new initiative for FY2023.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
This initiative was offered for the first time in FY2023, and awards have not been finalized as of this writing. For both FY2023 and FY2024, IMLS expects awards to range from $100,000 to $750,000, reflecting the size and complexity of the internship/fellowship program. A reasonable expectation of average award size is $550,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 200 and 2 CFR Part 3187. 20 USC Chapter 72 Museum and Library Services Act of 2018, ? 9101-9176; in particular, ? 9173 (Museum services activities). Guidelines are available online at or upon request from IMLS, 955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000, Washington DC 20024-2135. See the IMLS website at for the most current program information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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