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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 Provides $487,158 in Grants for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and Hawaii

September 26, 2013 02:14 PM
IMLS provides support for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and U.S. Virgin Islands through a competitive process. Grants to the region include funding for a project in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read More

 
More than $14.6 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to U.S. Libraries

September 26, 2013 08:13 AM
IMLS announced grants for 63 library projects across the nation through three grant programs, Native American Library Services Enhancement program, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries . Read More

 
Research Brief 5
Use of Small and Rural Libraries Grows in the Digital Age

September 25, 2013 02:25 PM
More than 77 percent of all public libraries in the United States are small. New IMLS data provide the first federal look at small and rural libraries. Read More

 
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Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Collaborate with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties

September 17, 2013 12:32 PM
IMLS will host a free webinar to provide ideas and advice for museums and gardens that wish to collaborate with their local officials in the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! initiative. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Nearly $30 Million in Federal Grants to Museums across the U.S.

September 12, 2013 07:41 AM
Across the country museums are innovating to engage their communities, creating exciting new learning experiences, and caring for their rich collections. IMLS will honor museum grantees at a workshop and ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 18th. Read More