Federal Grant Opportunities

Several federal agencies offer grants to support the work of museums. For full guidelines and the most up-to-date information, please visit the agency’s website.   

Have a grant opportunity or deadline to share with the museum field? Contact communications@aam-us.org

Last updated: August 10, 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities 

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Bridging Cultures through Film

The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.

TBA 
Challenge Grants 

Capacity-building grants intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources.

TBA 
Collaborative Research Grants

Supports interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years.

December 9, 2015 
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Funds the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field.

February 17, 2016 
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Awards relatively small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

September 16, 2015
Digital Projects for the Public

Supports projects that are largely created for digital platforms.

June 8, 2016
Humanities Collections and References Resources 

Supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education and public programming in the humanities.

July 19, 2016 
Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers 

Program supports a series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators. Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities.

February 25, 2016
Media Projects: Development Grants

Enables media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production.

August 12, 2015
Media Projects: Production Grants

Supports the production and distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public.

August 12, 2015
Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations Implementation Grants

Supports final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production and installation of a project for presentation to the public.

August 12, 2015 
Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations Planning Grants 

Supports the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing and audience evaluation.

August 12, 2015
National Digital Newspaper Program

The National Digital Newspaper Program is creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all the states and U.S. territories.

January 14, 2016

Preservation and Access: Education and Training

Supports educational programs that prepare the next generation of conservators and preservation professionals as well as projects introducing the staff of cultural institutions to new information and advances in preservation and access practices.

May 3, 2016 

Preservation and Access: Research and Development

Supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.

June 21, 2016

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions

Helps small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.

May 3, 2016 
Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Supports the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions.

December 9, 2015
Summer Seminars and Institutes 

Grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks.

February 25, 2016 

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.

December 1, 2015

National Endowment for the Arts 

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Description

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Art Works

Supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

TBA

Challenge America

Offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

TBA 
Challenge America: Fast-Track

Offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.

TBA 
Our Town

Supports creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core.

September 21, 2015 

Research: Art Works

Supports research projects to analyze the value and impact of the arts in the U.S.

October 20, 2015

Institute of Museum and Library Services


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Museum Assessment Program

Helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet national standards.

December 1, 2015

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture 

Enhances institutional capacity and sustainability through professional training, technical assistance, internships, outside expertise and other tools.

TBA  
Museums for America

Supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.

TBA 
National Leadership Grants for Museums

Supports projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public.

TBA

National Medal for Museum and Library Science

Honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

October 1, 2015

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services 

Provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development and collections stewardship.

 TBA

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

Supports projects that address problems, challenges or needs of broad relevance to museums.

TBA

National Archives and Records Administration

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Access to Historical Records

This grant program is designed to support archival repositories in preserving and processing primary source materials.

TBA

Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections

Grants are awarded for digitizing documentary source materials. Applicants may digitize a single collection or set of collections for online dissemination. Such online publications should provide basic access to collections.

October 8, 2015

Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records

Offers support for projects that will result in archives reaching audiences through digital literacy programs and workshops, new tools and applications, and citizen engagement in archival processes.

 October 8, 2015

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

Offers support for projects providing access to and editorial context for the historical documents and records that tell the American story.

October 8, 2015

Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

Offers support for projects providing access to and editorial context for the historical documents and records that tell the American story.

TBA

Other Grants

 

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US Department of State Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in the arts and humanities. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide. Fully funded awards are available to support projects that build institutional capacity and design innovative curriculum, mentor programs, workshops and exhibitions as well as increase mutual understanding and cross-cultural dialogue.

TBA 
US Department of Education  Investing in Innovation

The Investing in Innovation Fund, established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs) and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The purpose of this program is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

 August 11, 2015

NPS

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

Awards to defray costs associated with the packaging, transportation, contamination removal, reburial and/or storage of NAGPRA-related human remains and/or cultural items.

TBA

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Awards

Recognizes and supports excellence in out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people and open new pathways to learning, self-discovery and achievement.

TBA