February 28, 2019

Applications Open for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants
Deadline is May 1, 2019

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for projects that support libraries and archives serving Native Americans and Native Alaskans. Applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement grants are due May 1, 2019.

Native American Library Services Enhancement grants advance the programs and services of eligible Indian tribes, including Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations. They are competitive grants of up to $150,000 for two years and are available to any library that has an active Basic grant.

Successful grant projects will align with one of three categories: Preservation and Revitalization; Educational Programming; or Digital Services. Projects may:

  • support individual and family needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills;
  • improve the quality of and access to library and information services; or
  • enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership.

Grant guidelines and descriptions of previously funded projects are available on the IMLS website.

Enhancement grants must begin September 1, 2019. A grantee in the first year of an active Enhancement grant may not apply for another enhancement grant that would have a significant overlapping period of performance. If an applicant is in the second year of an active Enhancement grant, the new award may have a brief overlapping period of performance of up to three months. For more information, please contact IMLS staff.

Upcoming Webinars

To learn more, interested applicants are invited to participate in one of the following webinars about Native American Library Services Enhancement grants:

  • Tuesday, March 5, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET: General Enhancement Grant Application Webinar
  • Monday, March 11, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET: General Enhancement Grant Application Webinar #2
  • Tuesday, March 12, 1:30 - 3:00 pm ET: Making Connections: Meet Native American Library Services Enhancement Grantees
    • Advanced registration is required for this webinar. Register here to attend onsite or online via WebEx. All registrants will receive instructions to attend the showcase online. Onsite seating is limited. Please notify FEDLINK at fliccfno@loc.gov if your plans change, so that we may give those on the waiting list an opportunity to register.
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2018, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET: Enhancement Grant Accountability Paperwork (Budgets and Performance Measures) Webinar

IMLS uses the Blackboard Collaborate system for webinars. If you are a first-time user of Blackboard Collaborate, see our webinar page for more information or to check your system compatibility. Recordings of the webinars will also be available on-demand.

Program Contacts

For questions, please email at nalshelp@imls.gov, or reach out to an IMLS staff member directly:

Dr. Sandra Toro
Senior Library Program Officer

Sarah Boonie
Program Specialist

Native American Library Services