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: November 10, 2016

National Endowment for the Humanities 


Grant

Description

Next Deadline

Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Supports individual faculty or staff members at Hispanic-Serving Institutions pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences.

April 12, 2017
Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Supports individual faculty or staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences.

April 12, 2017
Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Supports individual faculty or staff members at Tribal Colleges and Universities pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences.

 April 12, 2017
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 7, 2016
Common Heritage

Supports both the digitization of cultural heritage materials and the organization of public programming at community events that explore these materials as a window on a community’s history and culture.

May 11, 2017
Creating Humanities Communities

Provides matching grants to help stimulate and proliferate meaningful humanities activities in states and U.S. territories underserved by NEH’s grantmaking divisions and offices.

 February 15, 2017
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others to think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service.

November 2, 2016
Digging Into Data Challenge

Supports projects that address research questions in the humanities and/or social sciences by using techniques of large-scale digital data analysis and shows how these new techniques can lead to new theoretical insights.

June 29, 2016
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Awards grants in three levels of funding (with sustainability match option) to support the planning stages and subsequent implementation of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

Jan. 11, 2017
Digital Projects for the Public

Supports projects that are largely created for digital platforms.

June 7, 2017
Documenting Endangered Languages

Supports fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases.

September 15, 2017
Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. Recognizing that at times scholars need to work away from their homes and institutions, the FPIRI program sponsors fellowships that provide scholars with research time, a stimulating intellectual environment, and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them.

August, 9, 2017
Fellowships

Supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.

April 26, 2017
Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Supports research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations.

April 26, 2017
Humanities Access Grants

Supports capacity building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.

May 3, 2017
Humanities Collections and References Resources 

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

July 20, 2017
Humanities Connections

Supports projects that focus on connecting the resources and perspectives of the humanities to students’ broader educational and professional goals, regardless of their path of study at two- and four-year institutions.

October 5, 2017
Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges

Supports the teaching and study of the humanities, in subjects such as history, philosophy, literature, religion, and the interpretation of the arts at community colleges.

January 12, 2017
Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Supports the teaching and study of the humanities, in subjects such as history, philosophy, literature, religion, and the interpretation of the arts at Hispanic-serving institutions.

 June 22, 2017
Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Supports the teaching and study of the humanities, in subjects such as history, philosophy, literature, religion, and the interpretation of the arts at Hispanic-serving institutions.

June 22, 2017
Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Supports the teaching and study of the humanities, in subjects such as history, philosophy, literature, religion, and the interpretation of the arts at tribal colleges and universities.

June 22, 2017
Humanities Open Book Program

Supports academic presses, scholarly societies, museums, and other institutions in the digitization of outstanding out-of-print humanities books to make them available to a wide audience.

September 13, 2016
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities.

March 14, 2017
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.

March 1, 2018
Media Projects: Development Grants

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

January 11, 2017
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.

January 11, 2017
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions, art centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application.

 February 2, 2016
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 12, 2017
NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Supports individual scholars pursuing research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. Digital publication must be essential to the project’s research goals.

 April 26, 2017
Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation Grants

Support universities in instituting wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs.

February 17, 2016
Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants

Support universities in preparing to institute wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs.

February 17, 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 2, 2017

Preservation and Access: Research and Development

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

June 8, 2017

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 2, 2017
Public Humanities Projects

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

January 11, 2017
Public Scholar Program

Supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership.

February 1, 2017
Research and Development

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

June 8, 2017
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 7, 2016
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.

March 1, 2017
Summer Stipends Supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. September 27, 2017

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, 2016

See a list of March 2016 grants to museums



National Endowment for the Arts 

Grant

Description

Next Deadline

Art Works


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

Art Works: Creativity Connects


July 14, 2016

March 3, 2016

 Big Read
Supports development of community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Activities focus on one book from the NEA Big Read library. January 26, 2017
Challenge America

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

April 14, 2016
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 12, 2016

Research: Art Works

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

October 11, 2016

Institute of Museum and Library Services


Grant

Description

Next Deadline

Museum Assessment Program

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

December 1, 2016

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture 

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

December 1, 2016

Museums for America

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

December 1, 2016

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.

December 1, 2016

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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

October 3, 2016

 

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.

December 1, 2016

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums

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

 
TBA

National Archives and Records Administration

Grant

Description

Next Deadline

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.

TBA

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.

 TBA

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 6, 2016

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 6, 2016

Other Grants

 

 Agency

Grant

Description

Next Deadline

National Park Service
African American Civil Rights Grants

Documents, interprets, and preserves the sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century.

October 14, 2016
US Department of State
Museums Connect 
Strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities.
 
 

TBA

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.

September 12, 2016

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.

 July 15, 2016

National Park Service

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Repatriation

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

June 1, 2017

National Park Service
 
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Consultation and Documentation
Support the efforts of museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to consult and document NAGPRA-related human remains and cultural items in non-federal collections.  March 9, 2017

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