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Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets - A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative

May 14, 2018
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2018 (PDF 569KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: Up to $150,000
Grant Period of Performance: One to two years
Cost Share Requirement: 1:1 cost share required.

Program Overview:
National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-Libraries) and National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-Museums), under which this special initiative falls, support projects that address challenges faced by the library and museum fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful projects 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.

What is this special initiative?
Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets is part of a special Community Catalyst initiative under the National Leadership Grant programs. For this special initiative, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is interested in supporting projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice.  

This joint Libraries and Museums special call for proposals invites projects that will help LAMs and their communities learn together how to build upon the unique abilities of LAMs to achieve positive change. Successful projects will exemplify how LAMs can provide trusted spaces for ongoing community dialog and exploration of the intersections between individual narratives. In addition, successful projects will demonstrate the viability of using and adapting existing approaches gleaned from the collective impact, social well-being, and community development arenas. A range of approaches are currently being employed in these fields that could be helpful as potential applicants consider their proposed projects. 

Library Entity, Museum Entity, Community Entity, or Institution of Higher Education and other entities that advance the museum and library fields and that meet the eligibility criteria set forth in the NOFO may apply.

Program Contact:
If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Marvin D. Carr, Senior Advisor, Office of the Director

Monday, March 26, 2018, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern

We invite you to participate in the Community Catalyst Funding Opportunity Applicant Webinar to learn more about the program and ask questions: