Museum Grants for African American History and Culture


Museum Grants for African American History and Culture are intended to enhance institutional capacity and sustainability through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise, and other tools. Successful proposals will focus on one or more of the following three goals: (1) developing or strengthening knowledge, skills, and other expertise of current staff at African American museums; (2) attracting and retaining professionals with the skills needed to strengthen African American museums; and (3) attracting new staff to African American museum practice and providing them with the expertise needed to sustain them in the museum field.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2015 17 awards made in FY15.
Museum and Library Services Act (20 USC CHAPTER 72) and National Museum of African American History and Culture Act (20 USC CHAPTER 3, SUBCHAPTER XIV (20 USC 80r-5)).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include museums whose primary purpose 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. Nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to support museums identified above may also apply. Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) are also eligible. For more information about eligibility requirements, visit
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public and private non-profit museums. Through activities and projects funded, beneficiaries include the general public.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR Part 200 applies to this program. As part of the president's E-government initiative, the federal government developed, a single Web site for organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all 26 of the federal grant-making agencies. Beginning with the 2008 grant cycle, the Institute required all applicants to apply online through Applicants who are unable to use should contact an IMLS program officer. The Institute no longer accepts mailed paper applications. For more information on the process of applying through, visit
Award Procedure
Proposals are reviewed by field and/or panel reviewers, staff, and the director.
December 1, 2015 December 1, 2015.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately seven months.
Appeals may be made in writing to the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services may extend particular grants at the discretion of the director.
How are proposals selected?
See Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Consult the current funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for complete information ( Grant funds must be used for the purposes outlined in the relevant guidelines or program announcement, and in accordance with the Institute of Museum and Library Services General Terms and Conditions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Grant recipients will be required to maintain standard financial statements and project records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Awards will not exceed $150,000; awards of $25,000 or less do not require matching; awards of more than $25,000 must be matched one-to-one, but the match may include in-kind contributions.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects may be carried out for a period of up to 24 months. Direct payments for a specialized use upon request.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Mark Isaksen
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW
Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20024 US
Phone: 202-653-4667
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 15$1,407,000.00; FY 16 est $1,481,000.00; FY 17 est $1,407,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Between $5,000 and $150,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See the IMLS website at for the latest program data.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015 Visit the IMLS website at to search awarded grants.
Fiscal Year 2016 Visit the IMLS website at to search awarded grants.