You are here

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

September 01, 2017
February 01, 2018
Grant Info: 

Program Overview:
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by: enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians.

For the LB21 program, all applications must designate one of the following project categories:

  • Community Anchors
  • National Digital Platform
  • Curating Collections

FY 2017 Cycle 1

FY 2017 Cycle 2

Preliminary Proposal Deadline:

September 1, 2017

Preliminary Proposal Deadline:

February 1, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline (BY INVITATION ONLY):

January 16, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline (BY INVITATION ONLY):

June 8, 2018


Cycle 1 Notice of Funding Opportunity


Cycle 2 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF, 523KB)

Grant Amount: Planning Grants: up to $50,000. National Forum Grants: up to $100,000. Project Grants: up to $1,000,000. Research Grants: up to $500,000.

Cost Share Requirement: Cost sharing is not considered in the review of applications, but is an eligibility criterion for certain LB21 projects, as follows.

Funding category

Award amount

Cost sharing requirement

Planning Grants

Up to $50,000

No cost share required

National Forum Grants

Up to $100,000

No cost share required

Project Grants

Up to $1,000,000

Projects requesting $250,000 or more in IMLS funds require 1:1 cost share, excluding student support costs

Research Grants

Up to $500,000

No cost share required

See the Notices of Funding Opportunity for further information on cost sharing.

Grant Period: One year for Planning Grants. One to two years for National Forum Grants. One to three years for Project Grants and Research Grants, except for doctoral program projects, which may be one to four years.

Eligibility: Applicants that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. See the Notices of Funding Opportunity or special conditions of eligibility for this program.

Program Contacts (by project category):

Community Anchors (Planning, Forum, and Project Grants):
Marvin Carr, PhD, STEM and Community Engagement Advisor

Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer

Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer

Community Anchors (Research Grants):
Sandra Toro, PhD, Senior Program Officer

National Digital Platform and Curating Collections:
James Neal, Senior Program Officer

Emily Reynolds, Senior Program Officer

Ashley Sands, PhD, Senior Program Officer

Grant Program Webinars: We invite you to participate in one of two pre-application webinars to learn more about the program and ask questions.