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National Leadership Grants for Libraries

September 01, 2017
February 01, 2018
Grant Info: 

Program Overview:
National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archives fields and that have the potential to advance 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.

For the NLG-L program, all applications must designate one of the following project categories:

  • Community Anchors
  • National Digital Platform
  • Curating Collections

The application process for the NLG-L program is a two-phase process. In the first phase (Preliminary Proposal phase), all applicants must submit a two-page preliminary proposal by the deadline listed above. Selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals in the second phase (Invited Full Proposal phase) of the process. Only invited full proposals will be considered for funding.

FY 2017 Cycle 1

FY 2017 Cycle 2

Preliminary Proposal Deadline:

September 1, 2017

Preliminary Proposal Deadline:

February 1, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline (BY INVITATION ONLY):

January 16, 2018

Full Proposal Deadline (BY INVITATION ONLY):

June 8, 2018


Cycle 1 Notice of Funding Opportunity


Cycle 2 Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF, 454KB)

Grant Amount: Sparks Grants: up to $25,000. Planning Grants: up to $50,000. National Forum Grants: up to $100,000. Project and Research Grants: up to $2,000,000.

Cost Share Requirement: Cost sharing is not considered in the review of applications, but is an eligibility criterion for certain NLG-L projects, as follows:

Funding category

Award amount

Cost sharing requirement

Sparks Grants

Up to $25,000

No cost share required

Planning Grants

Up to $50,000

No cost share required

National Forum Grants

Up to $100,000

No cost share required

Project Grants

Up to $2,000,000

Projects requesting $250,000 or more in IMLS funds require 1:1 cost share

Research Grants

Up to $2,000,000

No cost share required

See the Notices of Funding Opportunity for further information on cost sharing.

Grant Period: One year for Sparks Grants and Planning Grants. One to two years for National Forum Grants. One to three years for Project Grants and Research Grants.

Eligibility: Applicants that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. See the Notices of Funding Opportunity for special conditions of eligibility for this program.

Program Contacts (by project category):

Community Anchors (Sparks, Planning, Forum, and Project Grants):
Marvin Carr, PhD, STEM and Community Engagement Advisor

Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer

Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer

Community Anchors (Research Grants):
Sandra Toro, PhD, Senior Program Officer

National Digital Platform and Curating Collections:
James Neal, Senior Program Officer

Emily Reynolds, Senior Program Officer

Ashley Sands, PhD, Senior Program Officer

Grant Program Webinars: We invite you to participate in one of two pre-application webinars to learn more about the program and ask questions.