May 17, 2022

IMLS Releases FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Funding Announcement

The announcement was first posted yesterday afternoon. Below is the full text of the funding opportunity. We’ve highlighted a change to the FY 2015 process.

From IMLS:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the first round of FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG). The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice with implications far beyond the grantee institutions. The grants help drive innovation and support projects with national impact.

This year, IMLS is adding an additional opportunity to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. IMLS will be accepting applications in October and again in February.   

For the October deadline we are implementing some changes that will allow the agency to address strategic issues identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings that were held earlier this year. To make it possible for IMLS to provide feedback to potential applicants before they prepare full proposals, we will be accepting brief preliminary proposals on October 13, 2014 and inviting selected applicants to submit full proposals. Invited full proposals will be due on January 15, 2015.

Applicants interested in learning more may participate in our webinars on August 20, at 3:00 PM ET, and (repeated) on September 16, at 3:00 PM ET. For more information about the webinars, see the IMLS Webinar webpage.

Last spring, agency leadership traveled to New York, San Francisco and Chicago to convene IMLS Focus, a series of nationally webcasted meetings to explore library trends and opportunities. These interactive events spotlighted the importance of strong libraries to benefit all Americans by providing opportunities for lifelong learning, anchors for community engagement, and access to content. Hundreds of library professionals and representatives of library organizations participated in these meetings nationwide, online and in person, for a rich discussion that captured input to help IMLS focus its approach to supporting innovation in the nation’s libraries.

The October 13, 2014, deadline for NLG libraries will focus on the three strategic priorities that were explored in these meetings.

  •     National digital platform, which focuses on key needs, gaps, opportunities, and goals to consider in furthering national digital initiatives
  •     Learning spaces in libraries, which focuses on emerging learning models that can deepen community engagement in libraries, particularly through learning labs, makerspaces, and digital commons
  •     STEM learning in libraries, which focuses on learning for all types of users, with an emphasis on models or practices that serve at-risk youth

For the February deadline, we will not require preliminary proposals. The NOFO for the February 2, 2015, deadline will be released in December, 2014.

The IMLS document includes timelines for both grant opportunities.

See Also: Additional Grant Details and Criteria For Libraries

See Also: Sample Applications

See Also: Search Previous Grant Recipients

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