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Institute of Museum and Library Services: American Rescue Plan Grants

Deadline: June 28, 2021

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) American Rescue Plan grants program supports museum and library services in addressing community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery. Projects may continue, enhance, or expand existing programs and services, or they may launch new ones to address emergent needs and unexpected hardships.

The IMLS American Rescue Plan grant program has two program goals and three objectives associated with each goal. Each applicant should align their proposed project with one of these two goals and one or more of the associated objectives.

Goal 1: Strengthen the institutional capacity of museums, libraries, and related organizations to respond to community needs quickly, effectively, efficiently, and responsibly.
* Objective 1.1: Advance digital inclusion through approaches that may include, but are not limited to, improving digital platforms, online services, connectivity (e.g., hotspots), and creating digital literacy programs, as well as creating new processes and procedures needed to sustain a robust online environment.
* Objective 1.2: Support hiring new staff and training or retraining existing staff to ensure a workforce that has the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities.
* Objective 1.3: Build community-focused partnerships, networks, and alliances with organizations such as other nonprofits, school systems, service organizations, community groups, government agencies, and institutions of higher education with an emphasis on complementing, rather than duplicating, resources and services.

Goal 2: Increase the ability of museums, libraries, and related organizations to deliver programs and services that contribute to the well-being of families, groups, and individuals of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
* Objective 2.1: Support the creation and delivery of online and in-person educational, interpretive, and experiential programs and exhibitions for learners of all ages.
* Objective 2.2: Provide trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue to foster recovery and rebuilding.
* Objective 2.3: Support efforts to collect, preserve, manage, and interpret documentary sources and tangible objects representing all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic experience.

Amount: $15,000,000 is available to award grants that range form $10,000-$50,000. The project period is one year. A cost stare that is equal to or greater than the request amount is required.

Eligibility: An applicant must meet the eligibility requirements of a Museum Entity, a Library Entity, a Federally Recognized Tribe, or a Nonprofit Organization that Primarily Serves and Represents Native Hawaiians. See solicitation for entity definitions.

Link: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/imls-american-rescue-plan

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