December 5, 2019

Native American, Native Hawaiian Library Services Enhancement Grants Now Available
Application Deadline is May 1, 2020

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for Native Hawaiian Library Services and Native American Library Services Enhancement grants. The deadline for submitting applications for either grant is May 1, 2020.

Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. These grants, awarded in amounts of up to $150,000 for two years, are designed to enhance existing library services or implement new ones.

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 tribe, village, corporation, or regional corporation that has applied for a Basic grant.

Enhancement grants must begin September 1, 2020. 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.

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.

Upcoming Webinars

To learn more, interested applicants are invited to participate in one of the following webinars:

Native Hawaiian Library Services

Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants

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 reach out to an IMLS staff member directly:

Dr. Sandra Toro
Senior Library Program Officer

Sarah Boonie
Program Specialist

Chelsea Cole
Program Specialist

Native American Library Services
Native Hawaiian Library Services