December 2, 2014


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015
National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Preliminary Proposals Will Be Accepted until the February 2, 2015 Deadline

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the second round of FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG). The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $12 million annually in projects that improve professional library and archive practice, drive innovation, and have a national impact.

This year, IMLS offered two opportunities to apply for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries. This NOFO announces the February 2, 2015 deadline and is a call for two-page preliminary proposals. From the proposals, we will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals in June. Applicants who were not invited to continue from the first round of funding are welcome to submit new preliminary proposals during this round.

We encourage applications that address two project categories. They were identified in a series of IMLS Focus meetings held earlier this year: 

  • National digital platform, with support to bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital library infrastructure for increased efficiencies, cost-savings, access, and services. Note: the program cannot support the digitization of content.
  •  Learning spaces in libraries, including work that builds institutional capacity, develops STEM learning, engages community, and encourages partnerships to support all types of learning and inquiry, including participatory and hands-on learning in libraries.

Please see the NOFO for more information about the types of activities can be funded under the project categories.

Getting Your Questions Answered
IMLS staff members are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. We also invite you to participate in a webinar to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The webinars for prospective applicants are scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014 and Tuesday, January 6, 2015, both at 3 p.m. Eastern. Learn more

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See grant program guidelines for additional webinar details.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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