Tuesday, 07 March 2017 17:27

Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums

Sponsoring Organization

Institute of Museum and Library Services



Washington, D.C.






May 01, 2017
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2017 is now available.

Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000

Grant Period: Up to three years

Cost Share Requirement: For applications requesting grant funding of more than $25,000, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the request. No cost sharing is permitted for applications requesting amounts of $5,000-$25,000.

Program Overview:

Museums for America (MFA) grants support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Museums Empowered: Professional Development and Capacity Building Opportunities for Museums is a special MFA initiative to provide professional development and capacity building opportunities for eligible museums.

IMLS encourages applicants to invest in the professional development of museum staff, volunteers, and interns to enhance their skills and ensure the highest standards in all aspects of museum operations.

To support and empower museums of all sizes and disciplines in responding to the evolving needs of the museum profession and changes in their communities, this MFA special initiative has four areas of focus for professional development and capacity building:

  • Digital Technology: training and professional development learning opportunities for museum staff to fully explore, understand and optimize the use of digital technology in museums
  • Diversity and Inclusion: staff professional development and museum capacity building projects that explore proactive and inclusive ways to invite, connect, engage and strengthen ties with diverse communities
  • Evaluation: training and professional development opportunities in audience research and evaluation for museum staff to help a museum expand its evaluation capacity
  • Organizational Management: training and professional development opportunities for museum staff to learn best practices in organizational management, strategic thinking, embracing innovation and managing change in order to foster continued growth, relevancy and vitality

Potential projects will address one of these four priority areas and help strengthen the capability of an individual museum to better serve its public.

Eligibility: Museums that fulfill the eligibility criteria for museums may apply.

Program Contacts:

If you have questions, please contact either of the staff listed below:

Mark Isaksen
Senior Program Officer
misaksen@imls.gov(link sends e-mail)

Jill Connors-Joyner
Museum Program Specialist
jconnors-joyner@imls.gov(link sends e-mail)



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