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Institute of Museum and Library Services: Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries

Deadline: December 2, 2019

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goals of this initiative are to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on transforming K-12 school library practice, community memory, or digital inclusion and are clearly linked to an individual institution’s broader community needs.

Amount: Approximately $1,250,000 is available to make up to 30 awards ranging from $10,000-$50,000 for a two-year project period.

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • Be either a unit of State or local government or be a private, nonprofit institution that has nonprofit status under the Internal Revenue Code
  • Be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau

In addition, applicants must be one of the following types of organizations:

  1. A library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a State agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library. Eligible libraries include: Public libraries; Public elementary and secondary school libraries; Tribal libraries; College (including community college) and university libraries; Research libraries and archives that are not an integral part of an institution of higher education and that make publicly available library services and materials that are suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available; Private or other special library, but only if the State in which such private or special library is located determines that the library should be considered a library for the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter.
  2. A digital library, if it makes library materials publicly available and provides library services, including selection, organization, description, reference, and preservation, under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian.
  3. A library agency that is an official agency of a State or other unit of government and is charged by the law governing it with the extension and development of public library services within its jurisdiction.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320100

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