Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2020 (PDF 486KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $10,000 to $150,000
Grant Period: Up to two years. Projects must begin September 1, 2020.
Cost Share Requirement: There are no requirements for cost sharing in this program

Program Overview:
Native American Enhancement grants are competitive grants available to carry out activities, described in 20 U.S.C. 9141, that advance the programs and services of eligible Native American libraries. Project categories include:

  • Preservation and Revitalization projects focus on the preservation and revitalization of Native American language and culture through use of efficient and effective strategies and incorporation of strategic partnerships. Activities include preservation of content of unique and specific value to the community, following established best practices and standards.
  • Educational Programming projects include programs for library patrons and community-based users related to a specific topic or content area through development, implementation and evaluation of classes, events, tools, resources, and/or other services. Emphasis should be placed on the needs of learners and appropriate teaching and facilitation approaches and curriculum development.
  • Digital Services projects feature activities dedicated to the establishment and refinement of digital services and programs related to infrastructure, platforms, and technology, in general. Proposals for digitization projects should include plans for preservation of and access to the resulting digital objects and/or implementing digital library tools to provide services to Native American communities.

Eligibility: Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant program. See the Notice of Funding Opportunity for eligibility criteria for this program.

Program Contacts:

For questions about project activities, eligibility, and allowability of costs, contact:
Anthony Smith
Associate Deputy Director

For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:
Sarah Boonie, Program Specialist

We invite you to watch a pre-application webinar to learn more about the FY 2020 Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants program.

Learn more about accessing IMLS webinars at the bottom of the Webinars page of the IMLS website.