Federal Support for Libraries and Museums

In 2020, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $280.6 million through grantmaking, research and policy development, to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations.

IMLS Generates Impact Total Awarded: $280.6M

$166.8M Awarded
N/A Applications
N/A Requested
$28.2M Awarded
537 Applications
$80.13M Requested
$38.5M Awarded
784 Applications
$153.77M Requested
$47.1M Awarded
1,842 Applications
$447.73M Requested

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Grant Stories

Museums and libraries across the country are contributing to the wellbeing and advancement of their communities using IMLS funding to develop and expand programs that educate, entertain, and engage visitors.

These institutions are dedicated to providing services ranging from health and wellness information to job resources, and laptop lending programs to virtual story times and online exhibit tours. By reaching out, museums and libraries develop an understanding of the needs in their community. Now, more than ever, connecting people with resources, programs, and information can make a substantial difference in the welfare of the community.

The stories of how grantees are overcoming challenges and supporting their local officials, educators, and patrons is inspiring and hopeful that more institutions will be able to build on those successes to help their communities thrive.

Check back soon to see stories about what your state is doing.

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Grant Spotlights

This grant project was a way to meet the needs of Native students and bring a much-needed cultural lens to the work of school librarians.
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Grant Spotlights

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month, this IMLS project at Plimoth Patuxet Museums highlights "how intertwined the Wampanoag and colonial cultures were and how it is impossible to tell the story of one culture without including the other."
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Grant Spotlights

Read how the Colorado State Library has encouraged young children and their families to read in a variety of successful ways.
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Grant Spotlights

The Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York, tells the inspiring stories of accomplished historical and contemporary women who were pioneers in the field of paleontology.
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Grant Spotlights

As we celebrate poetry this April, the youth ambassadors of the National Student Poets Program are hard at work collaborating with libraries and museums across the country to share the positive impact that poetry has on communities.

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