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This four-page overview of IMLS funding programs provides succinct information on the agency's grant and award programs, as well as agency initiatives and priorities. Read more.

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Are you interested in applying for an IMLS grant?

The links below will help you find the right grant for your institution, and introduce you to the process of applying so you can properly prepare for your application. 

The Application Process

1. Search for available grants
Grant programs and deadlines can be searched by name, by eligible institution type, and by project type. View available grants.

2. Check eligibility requirements
Eligibility criteria will vary by program. Checking the program-specific criteria will help you ensure you're applying for the right grant for your institution. Read more.

3. Read application guidelines
Read through the application guidelines carefully to get all the information you need on the grant program. Read more.

4. Compose your application
Use the Applicant Tools & Materials links on the right to help you compose a stronger, more competitive application.

5. Contact a program officer
We welcome calls from applicants and are happy to answer any questions about the grant application and review process. Conversations with program officers can provide useful guidance and help you to explore how your idea may match the goals of a grant program. Contact us.

6. Submit your application via
Consult our guidelines to ensure we will receive your application, complete and on-time. Read more.

7. What happens next?
Learn how applications are reviewed and when grant announcements are made. Read more.

Grant Search

Find Available Grants


Search Awarded Grants

Search our archive of grants awarded by the Institute. Search now

Tools & Materials

Sample Applications
Examples of successful applications from previous years

Outcome Based Evaluation
Introduction to and resources for successful program evaluation

Shaping Outcomes
An IMLS-funded online course on outcomes-based planning and evaluation, which will help participants improve program designs and evaluations.

Grantee Requirements
Administration and dissemination requirements for all grantees

Reviewer Materials
Guidelines and handbooks used during application review


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