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.
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:
On Monday, May 18, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Institute of Museum and Library Services Acting Director Maura Marx to present the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ten institutions from across the country attended the White House Ceremony to be recognized for outstanding service to their communities.
Westchester Library System, a cooperative library system, implemented a Creative Aging instructional arts program to empower community libraries to offer programs providing social engagement and creative expression to active and engaged seniors.
The Public Library Association partnered with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources accessible to libraries, patrons, and other community-based organizations.
Through a grant from IMLS, the Alutiiq Museum developed a project to educate adult skin sewers on Kodiak Island, recruit new sewers, create educational resources on skin sewing, and enrich community knowledge of the art of Native Alaskan skin sewing.
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries collaborated with library and community-based programs to support English language learning, civic engagement, and preparation for citizenship.