In this interactive workshop, you will not only learn about Institute of Museum and Library Services funding opportunities to support the work of your museum, but you’ll get to refine a project idea into the basis for an actual grant proposal. We will zip through a speed round of looking at recently funded projects to stimulate your thinking, and we’ll review the common characteristics of successful grant proposals. Then you’ll have the chance to pitch your project idea to your peers and to IMLS program officers in an interactive Idea Generation Session, and use real-time feedback to polish and perfect it. We’ll set aside time to answer questions and troubleshoot areas of concern you may have about preparing a federal grant proposal.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud and Schultz & Williams


  • Mark Isaksen


  • Connie Bodner
  • Helen Wechsler
  • Sandra Narva
  • Steven Shwartzman