Application: The FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF, 407KB) is now available
Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000
Grant Period: Up to three years
Cost Share Requirement: If your total request for federal funding is between $5,000 and $50,000, then no cost-share is required. If your request for federal funding is between $50,001 and $250,000, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of your IMLS request.

Program Overview:
The goals of the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program (AAHC program) are to build the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of museum professionals at African American museums.

The AAHC program supports 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). Organizations that fulfill the eligibility criteria specified in the FY2021 NOFO may apply.

Program Contacts:
Mark Isaksen
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Ashley Jones
Museum Program Specialist

We invite you to view two pre-recorded webinars:

Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2021 is a general presentation on IMLS museum grants. We recommend that you view this presentation for an overview before considering a specific grant program. Click here to access recordings in different formats or to read the transcript.

FY 2021 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture provides detailed information about the goals of this specific grant program and how to apply.

*All grant programs are subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion.