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Fast Fact Sheet: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums (2013)

Vital Statistics

Number of applications received: 99
Number of awards made: 21
Total amount requested: just over $2.3 million
Total amount awarded: $496,978
Total recipient match: $408,150

Program Statement

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are small grants that encourage libraries and museums to test and evaluate innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks! grantees demonstrate innovation and broad potential impact, often turning turn small investments of funds into nationally significant projects.


“Museums and libraries use Sparks! Ignition Grants for projects that test creative, new solutions to challenging problems,” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director. “The projects of the 21 libraries and museums receiving grants exhibit a wonderful variety of fresh ideas.  They include a pop-up science education program delivered by fire engine to a community in California; an investigation into how 3D printing can be used to engage audiences at a Chicago art museum; and a program of technology assistance, training, and mentoring by an academic library to help veterans transition into college life.”

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.