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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 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity Online

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


Deadline: October 01, 2015
Grant Amount: Project & Research: $10,000-$2,000,000. Planning: $10,000-$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.

We anticipate two FY16 National Leadership Grants for Libraries funding opportunities with two separate deadlines. In addition to the opportunity described in the above Notice of Funding Opportunity, an additional NLG funding opportunity is anticipated to be announced in December 2015 with an application submission due date in February 2016.

For the NLG deadline, we encourage applications to address one of two agency priorities:

  • National digital platform
  • Learning in libraries

We will also accept any applications that explore the following issues:

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

We conducted a series of IMLS Focus convenings in 2015 that identified issues in the National Digital Platform and Learning in Libraries areas, among other topics. The reports, synthesizing key takeaways from this year’s Focus convenings, 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:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015,  4-5pm EDT
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 3-4pm EDT


* Click here for further information on cost sharing.

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