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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:
Blog Post: New Funding Available for Programs that Serve Disconnected Youth

November 26, 2014 12:31 PM
Learn more at Performance Partnership Pilot webinar on December 1st. Read More

 
Photo of Operation AmeriCorps document and stamp
Blog Post: Operation AmeriCorps Competition Launches

November 24, 2014 12:09 PM
The new grant competition will provide national service resources to solve tribal and community challenges. Read More

 
Photos of North Carolina religious books.
Blog Post: Introducing: The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection

November 18, 2014 03:15 PM
The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state. Read More

 
Blog Post: California Libraries Pay Tribute to Veterans

November 10, 2014 04:03 PM
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we take a look at how the California State Library is serving its veteran community. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: Connecticut State Library  

November 5, 2014 10:38 AM
Looking forward, the state library will focus on addressing 21st century skills including the five literacies: basic information, civic, social, health, and financial. Read More