The McAllister & Quinn nonprofit team recently helped a client to obtain a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the development of an exhibit project at a local cultural center. The grant will help the center to develop new, interactive exhibits and promote outreach to schools and the surrounding community. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. A number of grant program application deadlines occur between September and December and fund activities that:
- Strengthen museums as active resources for lifelong learning, good stewards of the nation’s collections, and vital components of livable communities;
- Address challenges or needs of the museum field, have broad impact, and demonstrate innovation and collaboration;
- Strengthen African American museums by improving care of collections, developing professional management, or providing internship and fellowship opportunities;
- Enhance museum services to sustain heritage, culture at knowledge at federally recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations;
- Expand and test the boundaries of museum services and practices; and
- Support recruitment and education of library students and continuing education for those already in the profession.
IMLS supports a number of other activities and also runs award programs that recognize outstanding libraries and museums.