The competitive North Carolina Science Museums Grant program is one of the many ways that the State of North Carolina invests in sustaining and advancing one of the most diverse and widespread networks of science museums in the country. These museums are critical resources for schools and communities in providing learning experiences in and out of the classroom that enhance science literacy.

Grant awards are based on criteria that promote the priorities of state government per general statute 143B-135.227, especially in the areas of economic development and education.