May 24, 2022

IMLS Announces Funding Opportunities For Libraries: 2nd Round of FY 15 National Leadership Grants & Sparks! Ignition Grants

Info/links about two funding opportunities follow.

From the Institute for Museum and Library Services:

National Leadership Grants

This year, IMLS offered two opportunities to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. This NOFO announces the February 2, 2015 deadline and is a call for two-page preliminary proposals. From the proposals, we will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in June. Applicants who were not invited to continue from the first round of funding are welcome to submit new preliminary proposals during this round.

We encourage applications that address two project categories. They were identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings held earlier this year:

  • National digital platform with support to bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital library infrastructure for increased efficiencies, cost-savings, access, and services. Note: the program cannot support the digitization of content.
  • Learning spaces in libraries, including work that builds institutional capacity, develops STEM learning, engages community, and encourages partnerships to support all types of learning and inquiry, including participatory and hands-on learning in libraries.

Announcement/Links: National Leadership Grants

Formal Notice of Funding Opportunity: National Leadership Grants

Sparks! Ignition Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 2, 2015.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are small grants that encourage libraries and archives to prototype and evaluate innovations that result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. They enable grantees to undertake activities that involve risk and require them to share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities.

The funding range is from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015.

Read the Complete News Release

Direct to Program Guidelines and Info

Formal Notice of Funding Opportunity: Sparks! Ignition Grants 

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