Grant Recipients - Grantee Communications Kit

The IMLS Grant Announcement Process and How to Benefit

Tell Us What You’re Doing
Think of IMLS as a partner in publicizing your grant project. We’d like to know if you produce a publication, create a website, or hold a large public event as part of your grant activities. IMLS uses several strategies to publicize grant announcements and the activities of IMLS-funded projects. Let us know about recent news coverage, or photos or videos from your grant.

Congressional Notification
We contact federal representatives and senators to provide them with advance notice of all awards three days before our public announcement by news release. If you have questions about IMLS and Congress, contact Gladstone Payton at gpayton@imls.gov.

Public Announcement
IMLS issues news releases for each grant program and posts them with lists of grant recipients on the IMLS website. IMLS also issues tweets and makes Facebook posts about grant program award announcements.

UpNext Blog
The IMLS UpNext blog supports conversations about lessons learned and what works in library and museum service, including knowledge sharing and best practices. IMLS accepts blog posts about projects, trends, news, and views that are relevant to museum and library professionals.

Before submitting a blog, please review our guest blogger guidelines and authorization form. Submissions should be written in the first person with a conversational tone and include photos and links. Blogs should be no longer than 500 words. In addition, please be sure your blog adheres to the IMLS Commenting and Posting Policy.

Send your draft to Melissa Heintz at mheintz@imls.gov, with a signed IMLS Blog Contributor Authorization and Release. If your post is accepted, IMLS will also request a one- to two-sentence summary for the IMLS website.

Submitting Photos
We encourage you to submit images of your community’s involvement with your project. They may be included in our publications, on our website, or on the IMLS Facebook page. Images should be 300 dpi or higher. Please include caption and credit information, as well as a completed photo release form. Email them to Ellen Arnold-Losey at earnold-losey@imls.gov.

Project Profiles
Each month, IMLS highlights an agency-funded project through a short feature story on the IMLS website. These stories are prominently positioned our homepage and in our monthly e-newsletter, Primary Source.

Project Profiles feature links to the grantee’s website, photos of the project in action, and contact information for the project director. If you would like to be considered for a Project Profile, contact Giuliana Bullard at gbullard@imls.gov.

Primary Source
The IMLS e-newsletter, Primary Source, is delivered to more than 17,000 museum and library professionals each month. In addition to highlighting the grantee institution selected for that month’s Project Profile, each newsletter includes a compilation of the IMLS’s blog posts and press releases for the month, and a listing of appearances and presentations of IMLS staff at conferences and gatherings. To subscribe to Primary Source, visit www.imls.gov/signup.aspx.

YouTube Channel
If you have created a video about your IMLS-funded project and have posted it on YouTube, we can like your video post from our IMLS YouTube Channel.