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National Leadership Grants for Libraries

September 01, 2016
February 01, 2017
Grant Info: 

Program Overview:

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

For the NLG program, 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, 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: Sparks Grants: up to $25,000. Planning Grants: up to $50,000. National Forum Grants: up to $100,000. Project and Research Grants: up to $2,000,000

Cost Share Requirement: Cost sharing is not considered in the review of applications, but is an eligibility criterion for certain NLG projects. In order to receive an NLG 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. Cost sharing is not expected for Research Grants or for any grants under $250,000. Find additional information on cost sharing.

Grant Period: Up to three years for Project Grants and Research Grants. One year for Sparks Grants, Planning Grants, and National Forum Grants.

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

Program Contacts (by project category):

Community Anchors (Sparks, 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