Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Sarbanes Announces Federal Grant of More Than $125,000 for Sandy Spring Museum

Funding Will Support Exhibits, Events, Performances and Other Programs That Highlight Local History
September 6, 2018
Contact: Daniel Jacobs
(202) 225-4016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that the Sandy Spring Museum will receive $126,349 in federal funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support community-generated exhibits, events, performances and other programs that highlight local history.

“The Sandy Spring Museum plays a critical role telling the story of a tight-knit community’s important contributions to the region, including in the areas of women’s suffrage, agriculture, education and African-American history,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The new federal grant funding made available to the museum will connect more Montgomery County residents with the Sandy Spring community’s rich local history.”

Funding comes from IMLS’s Museums for America program, which supports projects that improve individual museums’ ability to serve the public. Sandy Spring Museum will use its new federal grant funding to hire a part-time outreach coordinator and offer more exhibits, events, workshops, performances, and other programs to the local community. The museum will also use the grant funding to devise a financially stable community-generated content model that can be shared with other institutions around the country.

For more information about IMLS’s Museums for America program, visit: