Federal Support for Libraries and Museums

In 2021, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $425.7 million through grantmaking, research and policy development, to advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations.

IMLS Generates Impact Total Awarded: $425.7M

$168.8M Awarded
N/A Applications
N/A Requested
$32.3M Awarded
531 Applications
$97.86M Requested
$42.6M Awarded
943 Applications
$154.03M Requested
$181.9M Awarded
270 Applications
$188.67M 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

The University of Illinois Rare Books and Manuscript Library is using IMLS funding to conserve the collection of acclaimed Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, Gwendolyn Brooks.
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Grant Spotlights

Since receiving a 2019 IMLS grant, the project staff at the museum has been working to create and maintain hundreds of digital assets focusing on their permanent collection of artworks by women artists in California.
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Grant Spotlights

Here’s how the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center set out to start a national dialogue and build an inclusive community to collect and preserve Black knowledge and information.
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Grant Spotlights

Opening a museum after years of planning and development is exciting on its own, but when it’s also the destination of Dr. Jill Biden’s first official trip as First Lady, it’s even more reason to celebrate. The Play is on Base project fills a gap in services by bringing a children’s museum to a military installation for the first time anywhere in the world.
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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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