July 2, 2020

IMLS Opens Library Grants for National Leadership, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Programs
Application Deadline is October 2, 2020

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting FY 2021 proposals for National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21)

Applicants have through October 2, 2020, to submit their two-page preliminary proposals.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program invests in developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of library and archives professionals, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting, educating, and retaining the next generation of library and archives professionals.

“The role of library professionals continues to evolve and expand as they provide a variety of essential services to their communities,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS invests in projects that will continue to assist libraries in achieving their mission. We are looking forward to seeing proposals that advance the library field and help them to build, expand, and develop new opportunities.”

Applicants should review the notices of funding opportunity carefully and reach out to IMLS staff members listed on the NLG-L and LB21 webpages with any questions.

One pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2020, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET, and a recording of the webinar will also be available on-demand afterward.

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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
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