May 23, 2022

IMLS Now Accepting Applications For New Round of Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 1, 2016.

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 that 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, 2016.
Getting Your Questions Answered
IMLS staff members are available by phone and e-mail to discuss general issues relating to the Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries program. We also invite you to participate in one of our webinars to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The webinars are scheduled for Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. EST and Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 2 p.m. ESTSee grant program guidelines for additional webinar details.
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