February 28, 2018


Contact: Giuliana Bullard, 202-653-4799

Applications Open for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for projects that support libraries and archives serving Native Americans and Native Alaskans. Applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants are due May 1, 2018.

Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants augment existing library services or implement new library services for eligible Native American libraries. Successful grant projects will align with one of three project categories: Preservation and Revitalization; Educational Programming; or Digital Services.

Funded projects include those that:

  • support individuals’ 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.

Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants are competitive grants of up to $150,000 for two years. They are available to any library that has an active basic grant. A grantee with an active enhancement grant may not apply for another enhancement grant that would have an overlapping period of performance. 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 about 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 the bottom of our webinar page for more information or to check your system compatibility. Recordings of the webinars will also be available.

Program Contacts

Program contacts for Native American or Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Library Program Officer, 202-653-4662, storo@imls.gov, and Stephen Mayeaux, Program Specialist, 202-653-4761, smayeaux@imls.gov. You may also submit your question by e-mail: nalshelp@imls.gov.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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