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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

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Read more about the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program on the IMLS website.

Deadline: October 01, 2015
Grant Amount: Project: $50,000–$1,000,000. Planning: up to $50K. Nat. Forum: up to $100K. Research: up to $500K
Grant Period: Up to three years, except for doctoral program projects, which may be up to four years
Cost Share Requirement: In order to receive an LB21 Project Grant, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the grant after subtraction of student support costs. Cost sharing is not expected for Research Grants, Early Career Development Grants, or for applications for grants under $250,000, and will not be considered in the review of the application.*
Program Contact: Mary Alice Ball, AMLS, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer

Tim Carrigan, Senior Library Program Officer

Trevor Owens, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer

Sandra Toro, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer

Emily Reynolds, Library Program Specialist
Program Overview:

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports professional development, graduate education and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop the human capital capacity they need to meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.

We anticipate two FY16 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program funding opportunities with two separate deadlines. In addition to the opportunity described in the above Notice of Funding Opportunity, an additional LB21 funding opportunity is anticipated to be announced in December 2015 with an application submission due date in February 2016.


Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. See Notice of Funding Opportunity 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, 3-4pm EDT

 * Click here for further information on cost sharing.

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