National Leadership Grants for Libraries

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National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Program Overview:
National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

We anticipate two FY16 National Leadership Grants for Libraries funding opportunities with two separate deadlines. In addition to the opportunity described in the above Notice of Funding Opportunity, an additional NLG funding opportunity is anticipated to be announced in December 2015 with an application submission due date in February 2016.

For the NLG deadline, we encourage applications to address one of two agency priorities:

  • National digital platform
  • Learning in libraries

We will also accept any applications that explore the following issues:

  • What will move library and archival services in the United States forward?
  • What will help libraries and archives make decisions about their own investments?
  • What knowledge, capacity, functions, or infrastructure can libraries and archives share?

We conducted a series of IMLS Focus convenings in 2015 that identified issues in the National Digital Platform and Learning in Libraries areas, among other topics. The reports, synthesizing key takeaways from this year’s Focus convenings, may help inform the development of projects.

General Information

Document Type: Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number: NLG-LIBRARIES-FY16
Funding Opportunity Title: National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Arts (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards: 20
CFDA Number(s): 45.312 — National Leadership Grants
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes
National Leadership Grants For Libraries
Application:
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grant Program Guidelines) for the current fiscal year is now available:

Access FY 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity Online

Read more about the National Leadership Grants program on the IMLS website.

Posted Date: Aug 31, 2015
Creation Date: Aug 31, 2015
Original Closing Date for Applications: Jan 15, 2016  The application process for this round of the NLG program is a two phase process. In the first phase, all applicants must submit a two page preliminary proposal by October 1, 2015, describing the proposal, its relevance to one of the two agency priorities (if applicable), its potential impact, its projected performance goals and outcomes and its estimated budget. Those applicants, whose preliminary proposals are the most promising and best aligned with the IMLS’s agency priorities, will be invited to participate in the second phase of the process by submitting a full proposal and complete application by January 15, 2016.
Current Closing Date for Applications: Jan 15, 2016   The application process for this round of the NLG program is a two phase process. In the first phase, all applicants must submit a two page preliminary proposal by October 1, 2015, describing the proposal, its relevance to one of the two agency priorities (if applicable), its potential impact, its projected performance goals and outcomes and its estimated budget. Those applicants, whose preliminary proposals are the most promising and best aligned with the IMLS’s agency priorities, will be invited to participate in the second phase of the process by submitting a full proposal and complete application by January 15, 2016.
Archive Date: Feb 14, 2016
Estimated Total Program Funding: $12,000,000
Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
Award Floor: $10,000

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: To be eligible as an applicant for this National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program, you must: be either a unit of State or local government or be a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt 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; and qualify as one of the following: 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, 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. Research libraries must be under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian and be either generally recognized as possessing unique, scholarly research materials and services that are made available to the public, or able to demonstrate that such is the case when submitting an application to IMLS a private library or other special library, but only if the State in which it is located determines that the library should be considered a library for purposes of Library Services and Technology (see 20 U.S.C. 9121-9165) an academic or administrative unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science that is part of an institution of higher education through which it would make application 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 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 a library consortium that is a local, statewide, regional, interstate, or international cooperative association of library entities that provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources of eligible libraries, as defined above, and information centers that work to improve the services delivered to the clientele of these libraries or a library association that exists on a permanent basis; serves libraries or library professionals on a national, regional, State, or local level; and engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of libraries and the library profession Note to applicants: In order to receive an IMLS award, you must be in compliance with applicable requirements and be in good standing on all active IMLS awards.

Additional Information

Agency Name: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Description: National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. We anticipate two FY16 National Leadership Grants for Libraries funding opportunities with two separate deadlines. In addition to the opportunity described in this Notice of Funding Opportunity, an additional NLG funding opportunity is anticipated to be announced in December 2015 with an application submission due date in February 2016.
Link to Additional Information: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=14
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