The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications to its largest museum grant program, Museums for America (MFA), for fiscal year 2011. Museums for America grants provide up to $150,000 in funding and support projects that strengthen a museum's capacity to serve its community.
Museums for America grants are awarded in the following areas:
1. Engaging communities (education, exhibition, and interpretation)
2. Building institutional capacity (management, policy, and training)
3. Collections stewardship (management of collections)
Through these broad categories, IMLS supports a full range of museum activities including digitization of collections, staff training, research, exhibitions, educational programs, Web site enhancement and development, collections management, and other similar activities.
MFA grants are available to museums of all types and sizes that fulfill the eligibility criteria and are located in the United States or its territories. Applicants are required to demonstrate that proposed grant activities are clearly linked to the institution's strategic plan and will enhance the museum's ties and value to its community