June 18, 2018

IMLS Press Contact
Giuliana Bullard, 202-653-4799

Applications Open for National Leadership and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Programs
Only One Application Deadline This Year

Washington, DC — The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting FY 2019 proposals for National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21).

New this year, IMLS is offering one application deadline for the two programs, which have previously each had two cycles per year. Applicants have through September 17, 2018, to submit their two-page preliminary proposals.

The NLG-L program invests in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archives fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used. The LB21 program supports professional development and training projects for libraries and archives.

The programs have three new project categories this year: Lifelong Learning, Community Catalysts, and National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives, as well as other changes. 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.

Three pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. The webinars, which will each cover the same material, are scheduled for:

  • Monday, June 25, 2018 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Recordings of the webinars will also be made available on the IMLS website. For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar webpage, which includes information about system compatibility.

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National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program