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    Outstanding Institutions Honored with Nation’s Highest Award

    IMLS awarded the National Medal to ten museums and libraries at a July 17 ceremony in Washington D.C.

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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IMLS Extends Deadline on Grant Applications for Libraries Affected by Hurricane Harvey

All of us at IMLS know how vital libraries and museums can be for members of their communities during natural disasters. The full extent of the damage is yet to be determined, but we extend our thoughts and wishes for the safety of the staff, organizations, and all those affected.

IMLS is extending deadlines for two library grant programs from September 1 to September 22 to provide an additional three weeks for institutions in areas affected by now Tropical Storm Harvey. Read more

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See the impact of IMLS in your state through grants, events, features, and research making a difference where you live.

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Grants to States

The Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. Using a population based formula, more than $150 million is distributed among the State Library Administrative Agencies every year.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Director, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew.

Outstanding Libraries and Museums Honored with Nation’s Highest Award

IMLS awarded the National Medal to ten museums and libraries at a July 17 ceremony in Washington.

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Institutions in federally declared hurricane disaster areas may request an extension until October 23.
IMLS announced $1,998,484 in funding for training and professional development projects for museums.
Through the agency’s largest competitive grant program, Museums for America, IMLS is awarding $19,189,929 for museums across the nation.

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