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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

September 01, 2017
September 22, 2017
Grant Info: 

Application: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program – FY18 Notice Of Funding Opportunity.
Deadline Extension: September 22, 2017 for applicants located in presidentially-declared disaster zones.

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.

The application process for the LB21 program is a two phase process. In the first phase (Preliminary Proposal phase), all applicants must submit a two page preliminary proposal by the deadline listed above. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in the second phase of the process (Invited Full Proposal phase). Only invited full proposals will be considered for funding.

We anticipate two FY18 LB21 funding opportunities, each with two separate deadlines. In addition to the opportunity described in this Notice of Funding Opportunity, a separate LB21 funding opportunity is anticipated to be announced in December 2017 with a preliminary proposal application submission due date in February 2018. Both opportunities are subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion and procedures.

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

  • Community Anchors
  • National Digital Platform
  • Curating Collections

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

Click here 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 Notice of Funding Opportunity for 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:

James Neal, Senior Program Officer

Emily Reynolds, 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.