Issue: IMLS Office of Museum Services Funding


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary federal agency responsible for helping museums connect people to information and ideas. Its Office of Museum Services (OMS) awards grants to museums to support educating students, preserving and digitizing collections, and engaging communities. Grants are awarded in every state, but current funding has allowed the agency to fund only a small fraction of the highly-rated grant applications it receives. IMLS has been regularly reauthorized by Congress with broad support, most recently in 2010 with a funding authorization of $38.6 million for the Office of Museum Services. IMLS received $231 million in FY 2017 appropriations, of which just $31.7 million went to the Office of Museum Services.

  • We support funding of $38.6 million in FY 2018 for the IMLS Office of Museum Services and urge members of Congress to sign the Gillibrand and Tonko/Lance/Slaughter/McKinley letters in support of robust funding for OMS.

Download the PDF of the full IMLS Office of Museum Services Funding Issue Brief

Supporting Letters and Testimony


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