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National Leadership Grants for Libraries

September 01, 2016
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2017 is now available.

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. Click here for additional information on cost sharing.

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

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.

We anticipate two FY17 NLG funding opportunities, each with two separate deadlines. In addition to the opportunity described in this Notice of Funding Opportunity, a separate NLG funding opportunity is anticipated to be announced in December 2016 with a preliminary proposal application submission due date in February 2017.

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

  • Community Anchors
  • National Digital Platform
  • Curating Collections

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

Program Contacts (by project category):

Community Anchors (Sparks, Planning, Forum, and Project Grants):
Tim Carrigan, Senior Library Program Officer

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

National Digital Platform and Curating Collections:
Trevor Owens, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer

Grant Program Webinars: We conducted two pre-application webinars for prospective applicants to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other applicants. Additionally, we conducted a webinar for applicants to learn more about how to develop an evaluation plan that includes IMLS-level goals and performance measure statements, along with a plan for tracking and measuring success in achieving intended results. Recordings of these three webinars are available.