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FAQs on FY 2020 IMLS Operations and the President's FY 2021 Budget Request

Is IMLS closed?

No. The agency is open and operating under an FY 2020 budget.

Will IMLS continue to make grants?

Yes. We will continue to award FY 2020 grants, FY 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunities will continue to be posted on Grants.gov, and IMLS will use its normal review process for current applications. You may view our open grants here.

What does the budget request mean for IMLS?

The request proposes that Congress eliminate funding for several independent agencies, including IMLS. The budget proposal requests funding to cover IMLS administrative expenses for an orderly shutdown of the agency beginning in FY 2021, October 1, 2020. The President’s FY 2021 budget request is the first step in a long process. Here’s a flowchart that illustrates this.

Can IMLS advocate for its budget?

 As a federal government agency, IMLS can’t engage in advocacy, either directly or indirectly.

How can IMLS partners or grantees talk about the value of IMLS?

IMLS grantees and partners may educate others about the role and impact of IMLS by crediting the agency for any funded grants, or by sharing stories of IMLS grants:

  • On any materials that describe a project funded by IMLS;
  • On signage at an event or in a venue that promotes an IMLS-funded project;
  • In local media stories or op-eds;
  • By linking to IMLS materials on their website;
  • On Twitter with @US_IMLS and #IMLSgrant and by tagging IMLS on Facebook.

How can I find out more about IMLS grants?

As the primary source of federal funding for museums and libraries, IMLS grants make a difference in communities of all sizes, from rural to urban, in every U.S. state and territory. IMLS ensures public library services for all Americans, helps preserve the heritage of our nation, and provides critical funding for literacy and workforce development programs. IMLS achieves this with a small budget of $242 million, very low administrative overhead, and a track record of congressionally recognized excellence. 

IMLS communicates about the agency’s vital role in serving America’s museums, libraries, and their communities by:

  • Posting information on imls.gov that tells the story of how IMLS grants are making an impact across America;
  • Sharing materials with the media, partners, and general public;
  • Responding to requests from Members of Congress and their staff.

Finding Information on Data and IMLS Grants is a walkthrough to finding information about our awarded grants and data collection activities. The Awarded Grants Search, Grant Spotlights, and the IMLS blog are available as resources.

You may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter and the latest updates via email.

I have additional questions. How can I get in touch?

Please contact the IMLS Office of Communications at 202-653-4757 or imlsnews@imls.gov with any questions or comments. You may also reach us on Twitter and Facebook.