IMLS Acknowledgement

Guidelines for IMLS Acknowledgement

You must include an acknowledgment of IMLS support in all grant products, publications, and websites developed with IMLS funding. Acknowledgment should include the credit line, with grant number, and the IMLS logo, where space permits. Posters or brochures about IMLS-funded programs and projects may also include the IMLS logo. Online products, publications, and websites must link to the IMLS website,, include the IMLS logo and/or the credit line or boilerplate.

The Grantee Communications Kit provides guidance for fulfilling your requirements and spreading the word about your grant project. It covers:
  • IMLS Acknowledgement Requirements
  • The IMLS Grant Announcement Process and How to Benefit
  • Tips for Sharing your News with the Public
IMLS Acknowledgement Requirements

The guidelines below refer to “credit line,” “logo,” and “IMLS boilerplate language.” Here’s what we mean by those terms:

"This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [include IMLS grant number when space allows]."

State Library of Kansas LSTA subgrant recipients suggested funding statements: 

"This project is made possible by the State Library of Kansas and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services."
"Funding provided by the State Library of Kansas through a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services."

Use of the IMLS Logo:
IMLS Logos are available in color and black and white and in a variety of formats, including JPG, BMP, EPS, and GIF. The IMLS Logo Standards Guide describes the agency’s symbol, brandmark and wordmark and how to use them with the authorized colors, sizing, and positioning.

The IMLS logo may be used in a variety of ways: on Web sites, multimedia materials, annual reports, newsletters, posters, news releases and press kits, educational materials, signage, banners, invitations to events, and even on your stationery. Please review the Logo Standards Guide before using the IMLS logo. 

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

In materials that contain or present substantive project content, such as an exhibition, article, catalogue or other publication, video documentary, or online exhibition or website, the acknowledgement must also include the following statement: “The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) (article) do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.” If you have any question about whether your product requires this statement, please contact the Office of Communications and Government Affairs at 202-653-4757.

Acknowledgement of Support in Publicity and Public Events


The IMLS boilerplate and logo should be used in your press releases.

You may make use of the social media messages IMLS generates on the day of the grant award announcement. On that day, you can  retweet the IMLS tweet about the grant program awards and “like” or comment on the IMLS Facebook update ( If you issue your own posts, be sure to include @US_IMLS in your tweets and on your Facebook page.

IMLS support should be orally acknowledged during all news media interviews, including radio, television, and press conferences.

At programs or public gatherings related to your award, acknowledge IMLS orally. Display the logo on signage at events. See the IMLS Logos page for details.

Audio/video broadcasts must include the tagline, “This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.” Video broadcasts must display the IMLS logo.

If you have questions regarding the forms of acknowledgment, contact the Office of Communications and Government Affairs at 202-653-4757.