Science History Institute Receives $95K IMLS Grant

Prestigious award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support institutional culture of evaluation.

The Science History Institute was awarded a grant of $95,247 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff, a special initiative of the Museums for America program. This year IMLS received 62 applications in this category and selected only 18 projects to receive funding totaling $2,635,212. This is the second IMLS grant the Institute has received in the past 3 years.

“The grant will support the Institute’s efforts to build an institutional culture of evaluation by providing a series of training, mentoring, and coaching opportunities for staff and members of the Institute’s board,” said Erin McLeary, director of the Institute’s museum. Over the course of this project, staff from across the Institute will work with colleagues and evaluation experts to develop skills in evaluative thinking and outcomes-based program design. The sessions will be recorded to create a training library, ensuring that new staff and board members have access to this work.

“We are delighted to receive funding for this important project that will benefit our organization, and hence our visitors, for years to come,” said Robert G. W. Anderson, the Institute’s president and CEO.

Museums for America supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public by providing high-quality, inclusive learning experiences; by serving as community anchors and essential partners in addressing community needs; and by preserving and providing access to the collections entrusted to its care.

“We received a very rich slate of applications this year making the award process extremely competitive,” said Paula Gangopadhyay, deputy director of the IMLS Office of Museum Services. “IMLS is pleased to fund projects in museums across America that are making an impact on their local communities, helping preserve and make collections more accessible, and enriching life-long learning experiences.”

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS advances, supports, and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. The IMLS vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.


October 21, 2019