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National Leadership Grants for Libraries

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (Grant Program Guidelines) for the current fiscal year is now available:

Access FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity Online

Read more about the National Leadership Grants program on the IMLS website.


Deadline: February 02, 2015
Grant Amount: Project & Research: $10,000-$2,000,000. Planning: up to $50,000. Nat. Forum: up to $100,000.
Grant Period: Up to three years for Project Grants. Up to one year for Planning Grants and National Forum Grants.
Cost Share Requirement: In order to receive a NLG-Libraries grant, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the grant. No cost sharing is expected for research projects, or for applications for grants under $250,000, and will not be considered in the review of the application.*
Program Contact: Tim Carrigan, Senior Library Program Officer

Trevor Owens, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer

Sandra Toro, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer

Sarah Fuller, Library Program Specialist
Program Overview:

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

For the February NLG deadline, IMLS accepts applications under two project categories/funding priorities:

  • National digital platform
  • Learning spaces in libraries

IMLS is particularly interested in proposals that explore the following issues:

  • What will move the library and archival services in the United States forward?
  • What will help libraries and archives make decisions about their own investments in these areas?
  • What knowledge, capacity, functions or infrastructure can libraries and archives share?

IMLS conducted a series of focus meetings in 2014 that identified issues in each of these areas. The materials from those meetings may help inform the development of projects.


Applicants that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. See program guidelines for special conditions of eligibility for this program.


Grant Program Webinars:

We invite you to participate in one of two pre-application webinars to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. Click here for instructions for participating.

Webinar schedule:

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 3 PM EST
  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 3 PM EST.


* Click here for further information on cost sharing.

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