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2011 National Leadership Grant Guidelines Now Available

Thursday, December 2, 2010


IMLS Press Contacts
Natasha Marstiller,
Mamie Bittner,

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the agency’s 2011 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency’s Web site. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2011.

For the past 13 years, the National Leadership Grants program has been the capstone program for IMLS, providing the agency’s highest level of support for innovative projects that generate transformative research, new tools, models, services, professional practice, and alliances that advance the awarded institution as well as the field.   

National Leadership Grants also allow eligible institutions and their partners to address field-wide challenges and initiatives such as those described in: Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills, Museums and Libraries Engaging America’s Youth, Advancing Research and Practice in Digital Curation and Publishing, and the Future of Museums and Libraries.

Interested museums and libraries can apply for a Project or Collaborative Planning grant in one of the following four funding categories: Research, Demonstration, Advancing Digital Resources, and Library-Museum Collaboration.

The Institute has scheduled two conference calls to give prospective applicants an opportunity to ask IMLS staff questions pertaining to National Leadership Grants. The calls will be held on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, December 15, 3:00 pm ET
Thursday, January 13, 3:00 pm ET

Please check the National Leadership Grants page closer to the date of the call for specific dial-in instructions.

Applicants are also encouraged to contact program officers with their questions.

Program Contacts for Libraries:

Anthony D. Smitth, Senior Program Officer
Phone:  202-653-4768

Charles "Chuck" Thomas, Senior Program Officer
Phone:  202-653-4663

Kathy Mitchell, Program Specialist
Phone:  202-653-4687

Robert Trio, Program Specialist
Phone:  202-653-4689

Program Contacts for Museums:

Helen Wechsler, Senior Program Officer
Phone:  202-653-4779

Tim Carrigan, Program Specialist
Phone:  202-653-4639

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