Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
03/30/20 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit institutions and state and local government agencies to enhance libraries through the professional development and training of library employees. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application and should register online several weeks before applying. Funding is intended to motivate the library and archival field to innovate, implement, and adapt potentially transformative approaches in response to society’s demographic and cultural shifts.
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by: enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting, educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals. This work may be achieved through projects at various phases of maturity (exploring, piloting, scaling, or enhancing).
Indicators (characteristics) of successful projects in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program are as follows:
U.S. museums and libraries are at the forefront in the movement to inform and empower individuals and communities. As stewards of cultural and natural heritage with rich, authentic content, libraries and museums provide learning experiences for everyone. In FY2018-2022, each award under this program will support one of the following three goals and an associated objective from the IMLS strategic plan, Transforming Communities:
The funding categories are:
The application must designate one of these four funding categories. Applicants may submit as many applications as they wish; however, the same proposal may not be submitted to IMLS under more than one category.
The project categories are:
Applications must designate one of these three project categories. Applicants may submit as many applications as they wish; however, the same proposal may not be submitted to IMLS under more than one category. Below is detailed information about each project category area.
The project types are:
The application must designate one of these five project types. If the applicant has selected the Research in Service to Practice funding category, please select the project category that best aligns with the research focus. Note that all Early Career Development applicants should select the Early Career Development project type regardless of research focus. Applicants may submit as many applications as they wish; however, the same proposal may not be submitted to IMLS under more than one project type.
More information about indicators of success can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-ols-lb21-nofo.pdf#page=6.
A description of funding categories can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-ols-lb21-nofo.pdf#page=9.
A description of project categories can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-ols-lb21-nofo.pdf#page=10.
A description of project types can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-ols-lb21-nofo.pdf#page=13.
A list of generally allowable costs can be found at https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-ols-lb21-nofo.pdf#page=33.
GrantWatch ID#: 162207
- Planning Grants: Up to $100,000
- National Forum Grants: Up to $150,000
- Project Grants: Up to $1,000,000
- Research Grants: Up to $500,000
Anticipated start dates for new awards: Not earlier than August 1, 2020. Projects must begin on August 1 or September 1, 2020.
Anticipated period of performance: The grant period is: August 1, 2020– August 31, 2024. Project activities may be carried out for one to four years based on the selected project category.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Prior to submitting a preliminary proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact IMLS program officers, who can offer general information about the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the review process.
Jill Connors-Joyner (Early learning, Young adult services, Informal STEM learning, Making)
Sarah Fuller (Community development, Workforce development, Services for new Americans, Public health)
James Neal (Broadband, Digital inclusion, Open educational resources, Data privacy and security)
Kelcy Shepherd, (Digital collections, Digital preservation, Archives and special collections, Community archives)
Ashley Sands, PhD (Research data management, Scholarly communications, Open infrastructures)
Sandy Toro, PhD (Native American library services, Native Hawaiian library services)
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