Museum Grants for African American History and Culture


This program supports projects that (1) build institutional and staff capacity and (2) increase access to museum and archival collections at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and museums whose primary focus is African American art, life, history and culture.


Applicants must be either a unit of state or local government or be a private nonprofit AND be one of the following:

  • a museum whose purpose, as reflected in its mission, is African American life, art, history and/or culture. It must encompass: the period of slavery, the era of Reconstruction, the Harlem renaissance, the civil rights movement and other periods of the African American diaspora.
  • a public or private nonprofit agency responsible for the operation of such a museum and applying on behalf of the museum
  • a museum service organization or association whose primary purpose, as reflected in its mission, is to support museums whose primary purpose, as reflected in their mission, is African American life, art, history and/or culture
  • a Historically Black College or University
Role In Creative Placemaking

These funds can be used for projects that will increase a museum’s capacity to share African American history and culture through exhibits, events and outreach efforts.



No cost sharing for applications between $5,000 and $50,000


Museum of the African Diaspora – San Francisco, CA

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.