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: April 4, 2014

 Agency Grant Description Next Deadline
NEH 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 1, 2014
NEH Preservation and Assistance Research and Development

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

May 1, 2014 
NEH 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 1, 2014
NEH Challenge Grants

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

May 1, 2014 
NEA 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. 

May 8, 2014
Digital Projects for the Public
Supports projects that are largely created for digital platforms.
June 11, 2014
Bridging Cultures through Film
The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports films that examine international themes and subjects in the humanities.
June 11, 2014
AAM/IMLS Museum Assessment Program

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

July 1, 2014
NEH Humanities Collections and References Resources

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

July 17, 2014 
NEH 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.

Aug. 13, 2014

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. 

Aug. 13, 2014
NEH Media Projects: Development Grants

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

Aug. 13, 2014 
NEH 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. Aug. 13, 2014

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

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

Sept. 11, 2014
NEH 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.

Dec. 3, 2014
NEA Research: Art Works

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

NEA Our Town

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


Museum Grants for African American History and Culture


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

IMLS Museums for America  

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

IMLS 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.

IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

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

IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Science

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

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.

NEH 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.

Heritage Preservation/IMLS  Conservation Assessment Program

Provides a general conservation assessment of a museum's collection, environmental conditions and site.

NEA Art Works

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

Museum Connect

Supports museum-based exchanges that strengthen connections between people in the United States and abroad,