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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

September 01, 2016
February 01, 2017
Grant Info: 

Program Overview:

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports professional development, graduate education, and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.

Frequently Asked Questions about the IMLS Early Career Development Program (PDF, 24 KB)

For the LB21 program, all applications (except early career research) 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, 2016

Preliminary Proposal Deadline:

February 1, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline (BY INVITATION ONLY):

January 13, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline (BY INVITATION ONLY):

June 9, 2017


Cycle 1 Notice of Funding Opportunity


Cycle 2 Notice of Funding Opportunity

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

Cost Share Requirement: Cost sharing is not considered in the review of applications, but is an eligibility criterion for certain LB21 projects. In order to receive an LB21 Project Grant, you must provide funds from non-federal sources in an amount that is equal to or greater than the amount of the grant after subtraction of student support costs. Cost sharing is not expected for Research Grants or for grants under $250,000. Find additional information on cost sharing.

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

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):
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:
Trevor Owens, PhD, Supervisory Senior Program Officer

James Neal, Senior Program Officer

Emily Reynolds, Program Officer

Ashley Sands, Senior Program Officer

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

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 3PM-4PM ET
  • Thursday, December 15, 2016, 3PM-4PM ET
  • Monday, January 9, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET