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: Dec. 1, 2014

 Agency Grant Description Next Deadline
AAM/IMLS
Museum Assessment Program

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

Dec. 1, 2014
Heritage Preservation/IMLS 
Conservation Assessment Program

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

Dec. 1, 2014
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.

Dec. 1, 2014
IMLS
Museums for America

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

Dec. 1, 2014
IMLS
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

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

Dec. 1, 2014
IMLS
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

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

Dec. 1, 2014
IMLS

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.

Dec. 1, 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
NARA 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.

Dec. 4, 2014
NARA
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.

Dec. 4, 2014
NEH
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.

Dec. 9, 2014
NEH
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.

Dec. 9, 2014
NEA Our Town

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

Dec. 15, 2014
NEH
National Digital Newspaper Program

NEH is soliciting proposals from institutions to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP is creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all the states and U.S. territories.

Jan. 15, 2015
AAM/DOS
Museum Connect

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

Jan. 20, 2015
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.

Feb. 18, 2015
NEH 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.

Feb. 24, 2015
NEH 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.

Feb. 24, 2015
NEH
Digital Projects for the Public
Supports projects that are largely created for digital platforms.

June 10, 2015
IMLS
National Medal for Museum and Library Science
Honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

TBA
NEA
Research: Art Works

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

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
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.

TBA
NEH Preservation and Assistance Research and Development

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

TBA
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.

TBA
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.

TBA
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.

TBA
NEH
Bridging Cultures through Film

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

TBA
NEH
Humanities Collections and References Resources

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

TBA
NEA
Art Works

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

TBA
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
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.

TBA
NEH
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.

TBA
NEH
Media Projects: Development Grants

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

TBA
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.

TBA
NARA
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
NARA
Access to Historical Records 

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

TBA
NEH
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Awards relatively small grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

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