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Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #162643

Grant Description

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Grants to USA Tribes and nonprofit organizations representing and serving Native Hawaiians to present and preserve knowledge, heritage, and culture. Applicants must complete the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for educational programming and services, exhibitions, organizational capacity building, professional development, and collections stewardship.

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 goal of the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grant program is to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming, workforce professional development, organizational capacity building, and collections stewardship. As a result, the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program has significant potential to generate positive social impact through project activities undertaken as part of the grant-funded work and activities that may be complementary to the project.

IMLS does not prescribe the type, focus, reach, or scale of societal impact required for each project, but the questions to be addressed in the application Narrative and the review criteria reflect the agency’s commitment to both advancing knowledge and understanding and to ensuring that the federal investment made through grants generates benefits to society.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an award under this Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Notice of Funding Opportunity, your organization must be:
- a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe or
- a Nonprofit Organization that Primarily Serves and Represents Native Hawaiians.

Federally Recognized Indian Tribe:
To be eligible for funding as this type of entity, your 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.

Nonprofit Organization that Primarily Serves and Represents Native Hawaiians:
To be eligible for funding as this type of entity, your organization must be a nonprofit that primarily serves and represents Native Hawaiians, as that term is defined in 20 U.S.C. § 7517. For a museum to be eligible, it must demonstrate that it is established as an organization that meets these statutory eligibility criteria.

The Institute recognizes the potential for valuable contributions to the overall goals of the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grant program by entities that do not meet the eligibility requirements above. Although such entities may not serve as the lead applicant organization, they are encouraged to participate in projects as partners. Such entities may, for example, assist the lead applicant with project activities. Federally operated libraries and museums may not apply for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services grants, but they may serve as nonessential partners to applicants if they do not receive IMLS grant funds as a result of the project.

Contact IMLS before submitting an application involving a federal agency or federal collection.

For additional eligibility information, see:

For information about ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

- Submit through by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on November 15, 2022.
- Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: August 2023 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)

All organizations must submit their applications for funding using Workspace. Do not submit through email or postal mail to IMLS.

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 materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

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Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 26

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $100,000
- Award Floor: $5,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin on July 1, 2023.

Anticipated period of performance July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2026. Project activities may be carried out for one to three years.

Contact Information:

Program Contacts:
Sarah Glass, Senior Museum Program Officer

Jennifer Anstadt, Museum Program Specialist

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

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