Speak Up for Museums: The AAM Guide to Advocacy

Advocacy book

Smart, practical advice on how to be an effective advocate.


Federal Funding

The Alliance closely tracks several legislative and policy issues affecting museums—including funding for grant-making federal agencies, tax incentives for charitable giving and education policy. See the PDFs below for a more detailed look at these issues and funding priorities.

Accessing Federal Grants

Grants.gov allows museums to search all 26 federal grant-making agencies and their more than 900 programs. The site offers resources that explain how the site works and tips about the grant search and application process. 

OMB Watch provides information on the “DUNS” number and how to request one. As of October 1, 2003, all federal grant applicants must have a “DUNS” number, which the federal government uses as a universal identifier.

Federal Grant-Making Agencies

The following federal agencies and offices make grants available to museums.