Federal Support for Libraries and Museums

In 2019, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $223.5 million through grantmaking, research and policy development, to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations.

IMLS Generates Impact Total Awarded: $223.5M

63Awards
$160.8M Awarded
N/A Applications
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N/A Requested
312Awards
$24.6M Awarded
593 Applications
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$102.18M Requested
212Awards
$34.4M Awarded
855 Applications
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$133.02M Requested
24Awards
$3.7M Awarded
58 Applications
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$11.07M 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.

Bryant's Grocery Archival Photo

Grant Spotlights

To call attention to the racial injustice that Till’s death represents, the Mississippi-based Emmett Till Memorial Project created a smartphone app to guide visitors through virtual or on-site tours of 22 sites related to his murder.
People sitting at a conference table inside Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh building.

Grant Spotlights

A National Leadership Grant for Libraries to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is empowering community members to learn together.
Library Patrons attend a Critical Path Center open house to learn about the digital literacy training courses available at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia FIGHT)

Grant Spotlights

How do you use a computer or write an email? An IMLS grant is teaching community members the valuable digital skills they need in today’s world.

Visitors use the interactive map at the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s exhibit “Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land”. (Photo courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute)

Grant Spotlights

“Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,” a Native American Museum Services Grant to the Sealaska Heritage Institute, brings interactive stories of the past into the present.

Social work interns Simone Moonsamy and Lydia Hawkins.

Grant Spotlights

Here’s how mentorship and after-school clubs are lifting up young people in Georgia.

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