December 3, 2012


IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard,

Call for Applications: National Leadership Grants-Libraries

Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program:

National Leadership Grants-Libraries
Deadline: February 1, 2013

The guidelines for National Leadership Grants-Libraries have changed this year. Because the program is no longer aligned with National Leadership Grants for Museums, it no longer includes a category for Library-Museum Collaboration. Museum applicants should see the National Leadership Grants for Museums guidelines on the IMLS website. Collaboration is still an important characteristic of successful grant applications, and partnerships with museums and other libraries and community organizations are encouraged, but not required. Collaborative partnerships can help demonstrate a broad need, field-wide buy-in and input, access to appropriate expertise, and sharing of resources.


In addition to the types of proposals normally encouraged under the NLG-Libraries program, IMLS will continue its commitment to early learning in FY 2013 by encouraging proposals that address learners from ages 0-8 along with their parents and caregivers. NLG-Libraries applicants are encouraged to partner with community organizations to address at least one of the challenges identified by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading including school readiness, summer reading loss, and chronic school absences. Click here to learn more about IMLS's role in this initiative.

Members of the IMLS staff are available by phone and e-mail to discuss general issues relating to National Leadership Grants-Libraries. We also invite you to participate in one of two pre-application web conferences to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. The web conference schedule for the FY 2013 National Leadership Grants for Libraries program is as follows:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 2 - 3 p.m., Eastern Time
Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 2 - 3 p.m., Eastern Time

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity, including program guidelines, contacts, and web conference access information.  You may also use the IMLS grants search tool to view our archive of awarded grants. 

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National Leadership Grants for Libraries