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Economic/Community Development

Museums and libraries are community anchors that drive economic and community development.

Partnership: Building Sustainable Communities
IMLS is partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to better understand how museums and libraries are working to support comprehensive community revitalization. Through this partnership, IMLS will analyze existing cases and report back on best practices and strategies for successful museum-library and community collaborations fostering revitalization.

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

Economic/community development content on the IMLS Web site:
Representatives Steny Hoyer (left) and Mark Takano (right) enjoy the Museum of Science, Boston’s Faire activity
Blog Post: Highlighting the Power and Potential of Making

June 22, 2015 01:47 PM
The amazing world of “making” took hold of the nation’s capital this month, and IMLS played an important role organizing key festivities. Read More

 
People working in The Bubbler makerspace
Blog Post: You Can Make it Here...and Here's How

June 16, 2015 09:09 AM
Madison Public Library is tapping into their community of artists and makers to design programming for their makerspace, The Bubbler. Read More

 
Kids and teachers working on ribbon cutting
Blog Post: Exposing Kid Makers to a Little Spark

June 15, 2015 02:42 PM
The Chevron Maker Annex at the Children’s Museum of Houston is a unique space that caters to the innovator child. Read More

 
A girl at a naturalization ceremony holding the American flag.
Blog Post: Our Award Winning Libraries and Museums Are Welcoming New Americans

May 26, 2015 10:47 AM
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service shines a national spotlight on the many ways libraries and museums make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities across the country. Stories from winning institutions resonate with IMLS efforts to help institutions provide services to immigrant communities. Read More

 
President Barack Obama answers questions from students during the Discovery Education webinar
Blog Post: ConnectED: Open Books and Open Doors

May 1, 2015 02:01 PM
Yesterday, the President traveled to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., to announce new partnerships to expand access to free e-books for America’s students and to ensure every student has easy access to their local library and the wealth of knowledge and resources it can provide. Read More