Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program


The Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program (NANH-Museums) serves federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Hawaiians by supporting projects that sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge. There is one program goal with three associated objectives. GOAL: Build the capacity of Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to provide museum services to their communities. Obj. 1: Support the preservation and perpetuation of Indigenous languages and traditional cultural practices. Obj. 2: Support the professional development of the workforce of Indigenous museums. Obj. 3: Support the management and care of Indigenous collections and their associated documentation.

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; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2015 21 awards made in FY15.
Fiscal Year 2021 IMLS made 26 standard awards in Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services plus an additional 15 awards funded through the CARES Act, designated CARES Act Grants for Native American/ Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services.
Fiscal Year 2023 IMLS made 34 awards in Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services.
20 USC Chapter 72 Museum and Library Services Act of 2018 U.S.C. § 9101-9176, in particular § 9173 (d) (Services for Native Americans)
The Act authorizes the Director of IMLS to award grants to or enter into cooperative agreements with Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians to support museums in providing learning and access to collections, information, and educational resources.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribe: To be eligible for funding as this type of entity, an 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, an 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
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.
August 15, 2023 to November 15, 2023 Complete applications must be submitted through by 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time, November 15, 2023.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 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 by June 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 are structured to address an identified need or challenge facing an organization; reflect a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter; define a work plan consisting of a set of logical, interrelated activities tied directly to addressing a key need or challenge; 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 must begin on July 1, 2024, and project activities may be carried out for one to three years. 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 US
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$2,272,000.00; FY 23 est $3,772,000.00; FY 24 est $3,772,000.00; FY 21$2,272,000.00; FY 20$2,672,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY2022 awards ranged from $25,953 to $100,000. Average = $90,880. FY2023 awards ranged from $35,383 to $216,982. Average = $110,944. In FY2024, requests may range from $5,000 to $250,000.
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 (d) (Services for Native Americans). 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
Fiscal Year 2015 Visit the IMLS website at to search awarded grants.
Fiscal Year 2016 Visit the IMLS website at to search awarded grants.
Fiscal Year 2023 Visit Choose Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services under “Program” and search by fiscal year, state, city, institution, and/or keyword.