Washington State History Museum 
Open until funding is exhausted

The Washington State Library is distributing federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to States. This funding is to be used?to help communities?respond directly and immediately?to the pandemic,?as well as?to?related?economic?and?community needs?through equitable approaches. They have earmarked funding specifically for museums and applications are open NOW.
A museum or historical organization that is open to the public, has dedicated staff or volunteers, and regular exhibits may apply. The State Library cannot make grants to friends groups or foundations.
The amount you can request is based on annual visits for 2019.
  • Up to 2,500 visitors  . . . . . . . .$3,000
  • 2,501 – 20,000 visitors . . . . . . $5,000
  • Over 20,000 visitors . . . . . . . $10,000
Funding will be granted for projects in these areas:
  • Connectivity, Digital Equity
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
  • Workforce Development
  • Needs Arising from the Pandemic
See examples of qualifying projects here.
There will be a free workshop hosted by the Washington State Historical Society on Thursday, June 24, 1 PM, to learn more about this funding opportunity. Representatives from the Washington State Library will be on had to offer tips and answer questions about the grant application and process. Register here for the workshop.
Learn more and apply here.
Questions? Email: wslgrants@sos.wa.gov