Grant Applicants - Program Guidelines

Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants – FY 2014 Guidelines
Application Deadline: March 3, 2014 (NOTE NEW EARLIER DEADLINE)
(Projects must begin October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2014.)

Date Posted: December 12, 2013
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 45.311

IMLS Information

Guideline Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Program Information

  3. Eligibility

  4. Registration Requirements

  5. Preparing and Submitting an Application

  6. After You Apply

Questions? See the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants Web page for IMLS contact info.

Teletype (TTY/TDD) (for persons with hearing difficulty): 202-653-4614
Upon request, IMLS will provide an audio recording of this or any other publication.

Webinars with IMLS Staff Members

We are available by phone and through email to discuss general issues relating to the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants program. We will also offer a webinar, available through the Blackboard Collaborate system, for the FY2014 cycle.

We invite you to participate in this pre-application webinar to learn more about the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants program, ask questions of IMLS staff members, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The webinar for the FY14 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants program will occur on January 16, 2014, at 3 PM (Eastern). Click here to join the webinar.

If you are a first-time user of Blackboard Collaborate, click here to check your system compatibility in advance of the webinar. You will be able to confirm that your operating system and Java are up-to-date and enter a Configuration Room that will allow you to configure your connection speed and audio settings before the IMLS webinar begins. (If you choose to enter a Configuration Room, please note that the IMLS webinar will use Blackboard version 12.5.)

You will be required to provide a name to enter the webinar. When joining the webinar, you may be prompted to install the latest version of Java. If you get system prompts while logging in, choose “Run,” “Accept,” or “OK.”

The audio for the webinar is available through your computer’s speakers. Please click here to enter a Configuration Room to test your audio. Alternatively, you may dial in to hear audio for the webinar over your telephone. Using any touch-tone phone, call (866) 299-7945. When prompted to enter a passcode, enter 9485763#.

Please note that the webinar schedule is subject to change. 

Equal Opportunity

IMLS-funded programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Civil Rights Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street, NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036-5802.

Office of Management and Budget Clearance Numbers

Guidelines: OMB No. 3137-0029; Expiration Date: 9/30/2015.
Forms: OMB No. 3137-0071; Expiration Date: 9/30/2015.

How long should it take me to complete this application?

We estimate the average amount of time needed for one applicant to complete the narrative portion of this application to be 40 hours. This includes the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and writing and reviewing the answers.

We estimate that, in addition to the time needed for you to answer the narrative questions, it will take you an average of 15 minutes per response for the Program Information Sheet and 3 hours per response for the IMLS Budget Form.

Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the Institute of Museum and Library Services at 1800 M Street, NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036-5802, and to the Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (3137-0029), Washington, DC 20503.

 

1. Introduction

The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Services is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. We provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.

U.S. museums and libraries are at the forefront of the movement to create a nation of learners. As stewards of cultural heritage with rich, authentic content, libraries and museums provide learning experiences for everyone. We have adopted a strategic plan for 2012-2016, called Creating a Nation of Learners. The first three of its five goals relate directly to this grant program:

  • IMLS places the learner at the center and supports engaging experiences in libraries and museums that prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and our global society.
  • IMLS promotes museums and libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality.
  • IMLS supports exemplary stewardship of museum and library collections and promotes the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage.

Supporting National Initiatives

IMLS invites libraries to address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in their programs and projects in order to advance learning and support the acquisition of STEM knowledge at all ages, but particularly for at-risk youth. Click here to learn more about IMLS’s role in STEM initiatives. Projects addressing STEM learning should check the appropriate box on the Program Information Sheet component of the application.

 

2. Program Information

What are Enhancement Grants?

Enhancement Grants are competitive grants available to support activities that advance your library operations to new levels of service.

What is the deadline for applying for an Enhancement Grant?

The deadline for the FY 2014 Native American Library Enhancement Grants is March 3, 2014.

What is the period of time in which we can conduct activities funded by a FY 2013 Enhancement Grant?

Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2014. Projects must begin on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the final month of the project. Generally, project activities supported by Enhancement Grants may be carried out for up to two years.

How much money can my institution apply for?

Enhancement Grant awards are up to $150,000, subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion.

Do we have to provide funds from other sources in order to be eligible for an Enhancement Grant?

Cost sharing is encouraged but not required in this program. Click here for further information on cost sharing.

What types of activities can be funded with an Enhancement Grant?

Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly as they relate to the following goals in the updated Museum and Libraries Services Act (20 U.S.C. §9141):

(1) Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals’ needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills
(2) Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities, as described in 20 U.S.C. §9134(b)(6), for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services
(3) (A) Providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services, and
     (B) Enhancing efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services
(4) Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations
(5) Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills
(6) Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved
(7) Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks
(8) Carrying out other activities consistent with the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter of the IMLS statute (20 U.S.C. §9121).

How many applications can we submit to this program?

You may apply for one Enhancement Grant in a fiscal year. You are required to have an active Basic Grant in the same fiscal year to be eligible to apply for an Enhancement Grant. The same population cannot be served by more than one Enhancement Grant.

A grantee receiving a two-year Enhancement Grant may not apply for another Enhancement Grant covering the second year of the first grant. For example, if you receive a two-year Enhancement Grant in FY2014, you may not apply for another Enhancement Grant until FY2016.

What do I need to know about acknowledgement of IMLS support, sharing IMLS-supported work products and copyright, and data management and sharing?

Read more about acknowledgement of IMLS support, sharing IMLS-supported work products and copyright, data management and sharing.

What requirements govern the use of IMLS funds in general?

You may only use IMLS funds for costs that are allowable under the FY2014 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants program (see below), and IMLS and government-wide administrative, cost-principle, and audit rules, including OMB Circulars and regulations. Call us with questions about the allowability of specific expenses.

How do I determine what costs are allowable with an Enhancement Grant?

In addition to program-specific requirements, organizations of similar types doing similar work with the federal government must follow similar cost principles and procedures. Title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provides specific information on cost principles for allowable costs in federal grants.

Consult these Enhancement Grant program guidelines and the appropriate cost principles in the CFR to determine the allowability of a proposed cost item in your budget proposal.

If your organization is a …

Then use these cost principles …

Non-profit Organization

2 CFR 230 (OMB Circular A-122)

State, Local or Indian Tribal Government

2 CFR 225 (OMB Circular A-87)

College or University

2 CFR 220 (OMB Circular A-21)


The following list includes some examples of allowable costs in this grant program. Please consult 2 CFR 225 (OMB Circular A-87)  for additional guidance on allowable costs.

  • project personnel (contract or in-house) whose staff time is necessary for the proper and efficient execution of the project
  • project consultants
  • purchase of equipment, materials, supplies, or services
  • project activities
  • integration of technology into operations or programs
  • project-related travel of key project staff and consultants
  • evaluation to show the extent to which the project has met its goals
  • indirect or overhead costs (Click here to learn more about indirect costs.)

The following list includes some examples of unallowable costs in this grant program. Please consult 2 CFR 225 (OMB Circular A-87) for additional guidance on unallowable costs.

  • social activities, ceremonies, receptions, or entertainment, including food, gifts, and promotional items
  • contributions to endowments
  • construction or renovation of facilities
  • pre-award costs

If you have questions about allowable costs, please call us for guidance.

Are partners required for Enhancement Grants?

Partners may strengthen an Enhancement Grant application, if they are appropriate to the project, but they are not required. An application may include one or more partners. The lead applicant must be eligible to apply as an individual entity, and all partners should be active contributors to project activities. Please note that we encourage the lead applicant to include a letter of support from each partner. Click here to learn more about partners.

 

3. Eligibility

Is my organization eligible for an award under the Enhancement Grant program?

Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant program. Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of this program and their staff may serve as project directors in partnership with an eligible applicant.

For purposes of funding under this program, "Indian tribe" means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)), which is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A list of eligible entities is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Minimum Requirements of Library Service

To be eligible for this program you must be able to document an existing library that meets, at a minimum, three basic criteria: (1) regularly scheduled hours, (2) staff, and (3) materials available for library users.

 

4. Registration Requirements

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® Number, System for Award Management (SAM.gov) registration, and Grants.gov registration. Check your materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

What is a D-U-N-S® Number and how do I get one?
Click here to learn more about getting a D-U-N-S® Number.

What is the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) and how do I register?
Click here to learn more about SAM.gov Registration.

What is Grants.gov and how do I register?
Click here to learn more about Grants.gov Registration and Tips for Using Grants.gov.

 

5. Preparing and Submitting an Application

WE MAKE GRANTS ONLY TO ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS THAT SUBMIT COMPLETE APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING ATTACHMENTS, ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE.

For the FY 2014 Enhancement grants, Grants.gov will accept applications through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 13 2014.

We strongly recommend that you REGISTER EARLY and COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE APPLICATION EARLY.

Click here to learn more about Grants.gov.

Use one of the following identifiers to locate the Enhancement Grants package in Grants.gov: 
CFDA No: 45.311
Funding Opportunity Number: NAG-ENHANCEMENT-FY14

What documents are required to make a complete application?

The Table of Application Components below will help you prepare a complete and eligible application. Links to more information and instructions for completing each application component are provided in the table. Applications missing any Required Documents or applicable Conditionally Required Documents from this list will be considered incomplete and will be rejected from further consideration.
How should the application components be formatted, named, and sequenced?

  • Document format: Aside from the first two documents listed below which are created in Grants.gov, all application components must be submitted as PDF documents.
  • Page limits: Note page limits listed below. We will remove any pages above the limit, and we will not send them to reviewers as part of your application.
  • Naming convention: Use the naming convention indicated below. IMPORTANT: You are limited to using the following characters in all attachment file names: A-Z, a-z, 0-9, underscore (_), hyphen (-), space, period. If you use any other characters when naming your attachment files, your application will be rejected.
  • Document order: In Grants.gov, append all application components in the sequence listed below. Use all available spaces in the "Mandatory Documents for Submission" box first. You should append any remaining application components in the "Optional Documents for Submission" box.

Use the table below as a checklist to ensure that you have created and attached all necessary application components.

Any document you create must be converted to PDF format before submitting it. Click here for assistance in converting documents to PDF. Also, do not send secured or password-protected PDFs; we cannot process these files.
When entering the names of project staff into the SF-424S, note that the Authorized Representative cannot be the same person as the Project Director.

Table of Application Components

Component

Format

File name to use

Required Documents

The Application for Federal Assistance/Short Organizational Form (SF-424S)

Grants.gov form

n/a

Abstract (to be uploaded through Grants.gov) (one page, max.)

Text document that you create

n/a

Program Information Sheet

IMLS PDF form

Programinfo.pdf

Narrative (eight pages, max.)

PDF document

Narrative.pdf

Schedule of Completion (one page per year, max.)

PDF document

Scheduleofcompletion.pdf

IMLS Budget Form

IMLS PDF form

Budget.pdf

Budget Justification

PDF document

Budgetjustification.pdf

List of Key Project Staff and Consultants (one page, max.)

PDF document

Projectstaff.pdf

Resumes of Key Project Staff and Consultants that appear on the list above (two pages each, max.)

PDF document

Resumes.pdf

Conditionally Required Documents

Federally Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement

PDF document

Indirectcostrate.pdf

Digital Content Supplementary Information Form (if applicable)

IMLS PDF form

Specificationsdigital.pdf

Supporting Documents

Information that supplements the narrative and supports the project description provided in the application

PDF document

Supportingdoc1.pdf
Supportingdoc2.pdf
Supportingdoc3.pdf
etc.

 Abstract

A project abstract should be no more than one page. Insert the text, which you generate through a word processing program and save as a PDF, into the Abstract field in Grants.gov.
Information in the abstract should cover the following areas as related to the proposed project:

  • What is the time frame for the project?
  • What community need will the project address?
  • Who is the intended audience for the activities?
  • What will be the specific project activities, results, and tangible products?
  • What are the intended outcomes for audience members in terms of measurable changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes, or behavior?

This abstract may be used for public information purposes, so it should be informative to other persons working in the same or related fields, as well as to the lay reader. The abstract must not include any proprietary or confidential information.

Program Information Sheet

1. Applicant Information

  1. Enter Legal Name: From 5a of the SF424S.

  2. Enter Applicant D-U-N-S® Number: From 5f of the SF424S.

  3. Check Yes or No, and provide expiration date, if you check the Yes box. Please note that, before submitting an application, your organization must have a current SAM.gov registration. 

  4. Organizational Unit: Do not complete.

  5. Organizational Unit Address: Be sure to include the four-digit extension on the ZIP code.

  6. Organizational Governance: Select "Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)"

  7. Organizational Unit Type: Select "Native American Tribe/Native Hawaiian Organization"

2. Organizational Financial Information
Do not complete this section.

3. Grant Program Information 
Select Enhancement Grant under c. Native American/Native Hawaiian Library Services

4. Please check this box if your project addresses STEM goals

5. Funding Request Information

  1. IMLS Funds Requested: Enter the amount in dollars sought from IMLS.

  2. Cost Share Amount: Enter the amount of non-federal funding you are providing. Please note that cost sharing is encouraged but not required for Enhancement Grants. Click here to learn more about cost share.

6. Project Subject Area
Check the boxes that reflect the subject areas to be addressed by your project.

7. Population Served
Check the boxes that reflect the population(s) to be served by your project.

8. Museum Profile 
Do not complete this section.

9. Project Elements 
Do not complete this section.

Download Program Information Sheet (minimum requirements Adobe Reader 7.0.5): 
Adobe® PDF (850 KB)

Narrative

How should my narrative document be formatted?
Limit the narrative to eight single-spaced, numbered pages. We will remove any pages above the eight-page limit, and we will not send them to reviewers as part of your application.

Make sure your organization’s name appears at the top of each page. Use at least 0.5-inch margins on all sides and a font size of at least twelve-point. See the instructions for "Supporting Documents" to provide supplementary material.

How will my narrative be reviewed?
We use a peer review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications. Reviewers are professionals in the field with relevant knowledge and expertise in the types of project activities identified in the applications. They will base their evaluations on the information presented in the application. Your project narrative should therefore be clear, concise, and well organized with a minimum of technical jargon.

Review criteria are listed below for each section of the narrative. These criteria describe what the reviewers are instructed to consider as they evaluate proposals. Keep these application review criteria in mind when writing your narrative. Be certain to address the bullet points under each of the narrative sections as you write. Address the sections of the narrative separately and in the same order in which they are listed below.

1. Introduction and Assessment of Need (2 pages suggested)

  • Briefly describe your community, including population profile, location, economy, educational levels, languages, culture, and other characteristics that you consider important.
  • Describe the current role of the library in the community and the services it provides (e.g., mission, goals, hours and days of operation, staffing, size and content of collection, number of registered patrons, circulation statistics, computer technology, Internet connectivity and access, public programs offered).
  • Describe the purpose of the proposed Enhancement Grant project as it relates to a specific need that you have identified. What specific audience(s) will the library serve with this project? (e.g., particular age groups, underserved community members, other types of target audience)
  • What type of assessment was conducted to identify this need as a priority for the library? Describe the results of the assessment, including baseline data that can be used to compare with final results to determine the project's success. Why do you consider your approach to be the best solution to meet the needs of the targeted audience?

Evaluation Criteria: Reviewers will look for evidence that the applicant has conducted a formal or informal assessment of community needs and library capacity and carefully considered the appropriate role for the library in addressing the need it has identified for the project. They will look for baseline data that can be used to determine project results.

2. Project Goals and Expected Results (1½ pages suggested)

  • Describe the goals that will be established to guide your project to completion. (Goals are statements of broad results that guide the organization's design of programs, choice of projects, and management decisions.)
  • What results do you want to see at the end of the project period? In other words, what new knowledge, skills, attitudes, or behaviors do you expect to see in your audience? How will it specifically benefit the individuals or groups that you have served?

Evaluation Criteria: Reviewers will look for efficient, effective, and reasonable goals that will achieve clearly envisioned project results and improve the audience's knowledge, skills, attitudes, or behaviors in particular ways. They will look for indications that the project is realistic and achievable.

Resources for Evaluating a Project’s Impact 
Click here for helpful information about project evaluation.


3. Project Design and Required Resources (3 pages suggested)

  • For each project goal, describe in narrative form the specific resources you will need to achieve success (including permanent staff expertise and time commitment, temporary staff, consultants, materials, equipment, training, technology, partners, etc.). Also describe in the narrative how you will carry out the activities and services that you have planned in order to ensure your project's success. Include a timeline of activities for each goal.
  • If your project includes digital products, the Digital Content Supplementary Information Form  form is a required document. Projects developing digital products may include the conversion of non-digital material to digital format, the repurposing of existing digital content, and the creation of new digital content.

Evaluation Criteria: Reviewers will look for indications that the design, methods, and timeline match the scope of the project; that project goals can be met successfully; and that project personnel have relevant expertise and can commit adequate time to carry out the project activities and achieve project goals. Reviewers will look for evidence that partners are contributing to and benefiting from the project, if appropriate. Reviewers will determine whether appropriate digitization plans are in place, if applicable.

4. Evaluation Methods, Dissemination, and Sustainability (1½ pages suggested)

  • How will you know whether this project was successful? How will you know what knowledge, skills, attitudes, or behaviors have been changed in the target audience?
  • How will you measure it? What information will be collected during the project to compare with the baseline data to determine these changes? How often will you collect it? What data sources will you use? (Data sources can include surveys, interviews, or informal feedback.) During the project, what interim benchmarks will be established to ensure that the project stays on track?
  • Describe specific methods by which information about project results and lessons learned will be shared both locally and nationally with the Native American community and the library field. (For example, what radio, newspaper, TV outlets, and community meeting venues will you use for local coverage? What conferences, websites, or blogs, etc. will you take advantage of to get the word out to a broader audience?)
  • Describe your plan to sustain project activities and results beyond the period of federal funding. What specific, viable alternative funding sources are you considering?

Evaluation Criteria: Reviewers will look for indications that reliable information that demonstrates the extent of the project’s success will be collected. Reviewers will look for evidence that evaluation will take place on a continuing basis to allow for adjustments and improvements in the project design. They will want information that shows how project results will be broadly disseminated. Reviewers will look for evidence that there is a solid plan for continued support after the end of the grant period.

Conditionally Required Documents for Enhancement Grant Applications

Please consult the table below to determine if any additional documents are required. If any of the conditions in the left column apply to your project, then the documents described in the right column are required. If you do not provide them, your application will be considered incomplete and will be rejected from further consideration.


If your project involves …

Then you must include …

A federally negotiated indirect cost rate

A current copy of your Federally Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement

Digital products that result from converting non-digital material to digital format, repurposing existing digital content, and/or creating new digital content

Digital Content Supplementary Information Form

Supporting Documents

You may submit other attachments of your choosing as part of your application package, but do not overload the reviewers with too much information. These attachments should include only information that will supplement the narrative and support the project description provided in the application. They should help reviewers envision your project, but they should not be used to answer narrative questions. You may wish to consider the following:

  • Needs assessments (i.e. formal or informal documentation used to justify, evaluate, and plan projects)
  • Letters of commitment from consultants, partners, or other groups that will work closely with the applicant on this project
  • Letters of support from subject-matter experts who are familiar with your proposed project
  • Long-range Plan
  • Reports from planning activities
  • Vendor quotes
  • Equipment specifications
  • Web links to relevant online materials

 Note: When attaching these documents, give each one a specific title for clear identification. All Supporting Documents must include dates of creation and authorship.

What Federal Laws Do I Agree to Comply With When I Submit My Application?

As an applicant for Federal funds, you must certify that you are responsible for complying with certain nondiscrimination, debarment and suspension, drug-free workplace, and lobbying laws. These are outlined below and are set out in more detail, along with other requirements, in the Assurances and Certifications. By signing the application form, which includes the Assurances and Certifications, you certify that you are in compliance with these requirements and that you will maintain records and submit any reports that are necessary to ensure compliance. Your failure to comply with these statutory and regulatory requirements may result in the suspension or termination of your grant and require you to return funds to the government.

1. Nondiscrimination Statutes: You certify that you do not discriminate:

  • on the grounds of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency), in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq.);
  • on the grounds of disability, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. §701 et seq., including §794);
  • on the basis of age, in accordance with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, as amended (42 U.S.C. §6101 et seq.); and
  • on the basis of sex, in any education program or activity, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq.).

2. Debarment and Suspension (2 C.F.R. Part 180 and 2 C.F.R. Part 3185):
You certify that neither you nor your principals: (a) are presently excluded or disqualified; (b) have been convicted within the preceding three years of offenses listed in 2 C.F.R. §180.800 (including but not limited to: fraud, antitrust, embezzlement, or offense indicating lack of business integrity) or have had a civil judgment rendered against you or them for one of such offenses within that time period; (c) are presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity (Federal, State, or local) with commission of any of such offenses; or (d) have had one or more public transactions (Federal, State, or local) terminated within the preceding three years for cause or default. Where you are unable to certify to any of the above, you must attach an explanation to this application. You must also comply with applicable sections of the OMB guidance in 2 C.F.R. Part 180, and include a term or condition in lower-tier transactions requiring lower-tier participants to comply with subpart C of the OMB guidance in 2 C.F.R. Part 180.

3. Federal Debt Status:
You certify that you are not delinquent in the repayment of any Federal debt. Examples include delinquent payroll or other taxes, audit disallowances, and benefit overpayments.

4. Drug-Free Workplace:
You must provide a drug-free workplace by complying with the requirements of 2 C.F.R. Part 3186. This includes: making a good faith effort to maintain a drug-free workplace; publishing a drug-free workplace statement; establishing a drug-free awareness program for your employees; taking actions concerning employees who are convicted of violating drug statutes in the workplace; and identifying (either at the time of your application or upon award, or in documents that you keep on file in your offices) all known workplaces under your Federal awards.

5. Lobbying Activities (31 U.S.C. §1352):
You are subject to various restrictions against lobbying or attempting to influence a Federal employee or a Member of Congress or congressional employees, in connection with legislation, appropriations, or the award or modification of a Federal contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or loan. Certain additional restrictions apply if you are requesting over $100,000 in Federal assistance.

The Assurances and Certifications contain other general requirements that may apply depending on the nature of your grant activity (for example, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966).

 

6. After You Apply

What is the application review process?

We use a peer review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications. Reviewers are professionals in the field with relevant knowledge and expertise in the types of project activities identified in the applications. They are instructed to evaluate proposed projects according to the criteria identified in the program guidelines. The Director of IMLS takes into account the advice provided by the review process and makes final funding decisions consistent with the purposes of the agency’s programs.

When will we find out if we have been selected to receive a grant?

No information about the status of an application will be released until the applications have been reviewed and all deliberations are concluded. IMLS expects to notify both funded and unfunded applicants of final decisions by September 2014. Funded projects may not begin earlier than October 1, 2014.

What do I need to know about acknowledgement of IMLS support, sharing IMLS-supported work products and copyright, and data management and sharing?

What are IMLS's requirements for publications and other products that result from a funded project?

Read more about acknowledgement of IMLS support, sharing IMLS-supported work products and copyright, data management and sharing.