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Grants to USA Museums, Nonprofits, IHEs, and Tribes to Develop the Capacity of African American Museums

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture


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Funding Source
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
CFDA Number: 45.309
Funding or PIN Number: AAHC-FY24
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/15/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories museums, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal entities to develop the organizational capacity of African American museums. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for projects that nurture museum professionals, build institutional capacity, and increase access to museum and archival collections at African American museums and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Guiding the grantmaking are three agency-level goals with two objectives each.

Goal 1: Champion Lifelong Learning

  • Objective 1.1: Advance shared knowledge and learning opportunities for all.
  • Objective 1.2: Support the training and professional development of the museum and library workforce.

Goal 2: Strengthen Community Engagement

  • Objective 2.1: Promote inclusive engagement across diverse audiences.
  • Objective 2.2: Support community collaboration and foster civic discourse.

Goal 3: Advance Collections Stewardship and Access

  • Objective 3.1: Support collections care and management.
  • Objective 3.2: Promote access to museum and library collections.

The Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Program is designed to support the achievement of these agency-level goals and to facilitate the delivery of significant results consistent with the IMLS federal authorizing legislation. Each award that IMLS makes through Museum Grants for African American History and Culture will align with one of these agency-level goals and one associated objective and will thus contribute meaningfully to the achievement of both program and agency-level goals.

For further information about program goals and objectives, see:

For a list of eligible expenses, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for an award under this Museum Grants for African American History and Culture Notice of Funding Opportunity, your organization must meet all three of the following criteria:
1. Must be either a unit of State, local, or tribal government or be a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;
2. Must be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and
3. Must qualify as one of the following:
(a) A museum whose primary purpose, as reflected in its mission, 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; and using 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.
(b) A public or private nonprofit agency that is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets the eligibility criteria in 1, 2, and 3(a), applying on behalf of the museum;
(c) A museum service organization or association whose primary purpose, as reflected in its mission, is to support museums whose primary purpose, as reflected in their mission, is African American life, art, history, and/or culture; or
(d) A historically black college or university, as defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, 20 U.S.C. Section 2011, and pursuant to Executive Order 13256, dated February 12, 2002.

Native American tribal organizations may apply if they otherwise meet the above eligibility requirements.

For further eligibility information, see the following link:

For a list of unallowable costs, see the following link:

Pre-Application Information
- Submit through by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 15, 2023.
- Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: June 2024 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)

For Museum Grants for African American History and Culture, the requirements to provide cost share from non-federal sources differ according to the level of funding requested.
- Small Project: Cost share is not required.
- Large Project: At least 1:1 cost share from non-federal sources is required. Note: If you do not include at least 1:1 cost share in your project budget, your application will be rejected from further consideration.

Before submitting an application, an applicant organization must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number; a current and active System for Award Management (SAM) registration; and an active registration with an approved Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Check your materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active. For more details, see

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Expected amount of individual awards:
- Small Project: $5,000 - $100,000
- Large Project: $100,001 - $500,000

Term of Contract
Projects must begin on July 1, 2024.

Anticipated period of performance July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2027. Project activities may be carried out for one to three years.

Contact Information
Program Contact:

Jessica Ottley
Senior Program Officer

To schedule a time to talk to Jessica Ottley,

Institute of Museum and Library Services
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000
Washington, D.C. 20024-2135

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