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Civic/Community Engagement

Libraries and museums build the civic strength of their communities and providing opportunities for public engagement.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen civic/community engagement (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

National Initiative: National Medal for Museum and Library Services
The National Medal honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.

Partnership:
StoryCorps
Each year, select museums and libraries receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for these institutions. Beginning with the 2009 winners,  personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions are being documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps.

Civic/community engagement content on the IMLS Web site:
IMLS and Department of Education’s OCTAE Present Digital Strategy Webinar for Librarians

December 9, 2014 09:08 AM
The December 18 webinar will cover national initiatives, resources, and tools that public and school librarians can use to enhance their digital literacy programming and services. Read More

 
IMLS-USCIS Webinar, December 17

December 5, 2014 08:43 AM
Join us for Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries at 2 p.m. ET. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

December 2, 2014 02:51 PM
IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries until the February 2 deadline. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

December 2, 2014 02:47 PM
Participate in a webinar to learn more, and submit your preliminary proposal by the February 2 deadline. Read More

 
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Learning Lab Publication Describes Transformative Spaces for Teens

November 20, 2014 10:19 AM
Learning Labs are creative spaces in libraries and museums that engage teens and tweens 21st century learning. Read More

 
Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.

September 18, 2014 08:28 AM
Today IMLS announces recipients of the Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Grants awarded in 2014 inspire museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar on ELIS, the Electronic Immigration System, for Public Librarians

September 16, 2014 11:33 AM
The September 29 webinar will help librarians understand how the ELIS system works and what’s in store as USCIS transitions to a fully electronic application process. Read More

 
IMLS Awards $3.9 Million for Library Service to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians

September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Grant to OCLC to Help Libraries Continue to Support Community Health Initiatives

September 4, 2014 01:36 PM
OCLC ZeroDivide will develop additional resources for individual libraries to highlight ways they can lead or support health initiatives. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

August 13, 2014 03:35 PM
IMLS seeks proposals that address new strategic priorities identified in nationally-webcast IMLS Focus meetings. Learn more at our webinars on August 20, at 3:00 PM ET, and (repeated) on September 16, at 3:00 PM ET. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: IMLS Provides $241,500 in Grants for the Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States

August 6, 2014 08:44 AM
IMLS announced grants that will help expand digital services and connectivity, digital literacy, professional development, and support summer reading, bookmobiles, collections, and more. Read More

 
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Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

July 17, 2014 09:41 AM
Does your museum or library have a commitment to excellence and serve its community new and innovative ways? Museums and libraries of all types can apply for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Send your nomination by October 15. Read More

 
IMLS Announces New Awards to Strengthen Early Learning Activities at Libraries and Museums

July 11, 2014 11:15 AM
Three awards, totaling $771,854, will help involve libraries and museums in state-level and systems-level early learning strategies. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grants of $2 Million for U.S. Museums

July 10, 2014 08:58 AM
IMLS announces 37 museum grants awarded through three programs: African American History and Culture, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. Read More

 
Financial Education Webinar for Librarians

July 7, 2014 03:02 PM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau presents a webinar July 10 about resources to help library customers make more informed decisions about money. Read More

 
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IMLS Releases 2011 Public Libraries in the United States Report

June 18, 2014 11:45 AM
The report shows the state of public library service in the U.S. and how investments affect library usage. Read More

 
Museums and Libraries in the Middle of the Maker Movement

June 18, 2014 10:46 AM
As part of the first White House Maker Faire, IMLS announces support for making across the nation’s community centers of learning. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar for Public Librarians on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

June 17, 2014 12:11 PM
June 25 webinar will provide librarians with a basic understanding of deferred action, specifics on who may qualify, and identify how to file. Read More

 
IMLS at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas

June 11, 2014 09:57 AM
Visit IMLS at Booth #1534 to meet with IMLS staff and learn more about our funded projects Read More

 
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Let’s Move! Webinar Will Feature CMOM’s EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum

May 21, 2014 12:43 PM
Learn how to use its creative educational approach for programming at your institution. Read More

 
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ACM, IMLS Announce Children’s Museum Access Program for Low-Income Families

May 15, 2014 11:19 AM
The Museums for All initiative aims to make the high-quality learning experiences of children’s museums more accessible to low-income families. Read More

 
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First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal for Museum and Library Service at White House Event

May 8, 2014 03:37 PM
Michelle Obama presented medals to each winner and praised the community service and educational roles of museums and libraries. Read More

 
E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification Webinar for Public Librarians

May 7, 2014 11:12 AM
IMLS will present the third webinar in the USCIS series on June 2 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Library Stakeholder Meeting May 15 at San Francisco Public Library

May 6, 2014 03:13 PM
Watch the webcast of the library learning spaces discussion and join in on Twitter: #imlsfocus. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

April 24, 2014 08:52 AM
Mrs. Obama will present the awards at a May 8 White House ceremony. Read More

 
IMLS to Host Meetings with Library Stakeholders to Inform Future Grant Directions

March 19, 2014 12:37 PM
IMLS will host the first in a series of meetings about future funding strategies at the New York Public Library on April 29. Read More

 
IMLS Grant to Support Development of Library Digital Badging System

March 12, 2014 10:19 AM
IMLS is awarding a $250,000 grant to the Brooklyn Public Library and its partner BiblioCommons for the creation and piloting of an online badging system for libraries. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists

March 3, 2014 09:00 AM
Thirty institutions from across the country are finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
Workshop Invitation for American Indian Libraries

February 20, 2014 12:33 PM
IMLS, Department of the Interior, and the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) present a day of Making Connections. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program

February 19, 2014 09:37 AM
IMLS celebrates 20 years of the award that has recognized 132 outstanding museums and libraries. Read More

 
Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians Scheduled

January 16, 2014 10:58 AM
IMLS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics on February 4. Read More