General Information

The North Carolina Science Museums Grant program is currently funded at more than $2,300,000 annually. Applications will be accepted on a two-year cycle that coincides with the state’s biennium budget.

Potential awards are given to eligible applicants based on criteria set forth by state government per G.S. 143B-135.227. Award amounts will be determined by the following criteria:

  1. When compared to other museum applicants:
    1. Are located in counties that are more economically distressed according to the annual rankings prepared by the Department of Commerce pursuant to G.S. 143B-437.08(c).
    2. Generate a larger portion of their operating funds from non-State revenue.
    3. Have a higher attendance-to-population ratio.
    4. Partner with other museums in the State to share exhibits, programs, or other activities.
    5. Are not located in close proximity to other science or STEM education museums.

Award maximums are based on each applicant’s county tier designation:

  • Tier One – up to $75,000
  • Tier Two – up to $60,000
  • Tier Three – up to $50,000