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Native American Library Services: Basic Grants

April 17, 2017
Grant Info: 

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2017 is now available.
Grant Amount: $6,000 or $7,000
Cost Share Requirements: None
Grant Period: One Year

Program Overview: The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is noncompetitive and distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. Basic Grants are available to support existing library operations and maintain core library services. The Education/Assessment Option is supplemental to the Basic Grants. It is also noncompetitive, but must be requested. The purpose of the Education/Assessment Option is to provide funding to hire a consultant for an on-site professional library assessment or for library staff to:

  • attend continuing education courses and training workshops on- or off-site or
  • attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services.
  • and to hire a consultant for an on-site professional library assessment

Eligibility: Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services grant program. Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of this program and their staff may serve as project directors, in partnership with an eligible applicant.

For purposes of funding under this program, "Indian tribe" means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq.)), which is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A list of eligible entities is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, except for the recognized Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations, which should refer to applicable provisions in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, referenced above.

Program Contacts:

For questions about project activities, eligibility, and allowability of costs, contact:
Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer

For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:
Aly DesRochers, Program Specialist

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

  • Monday March 6, 2017, 2PM-3PM ET
  • Thursday March 9, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET