August 26, 2016


IMLS Press Contact
Janelle Brevard

IMLS Announces Over $4 Million in Library Services Grants for Native American and Native Hawaiian Communities

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 243 grants totaling $4,055,022 through three library programs aimed at supporting and improving services among Native American and Native Hawaiian institutions.

“With these grants, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is providing vital assistance to organizations that address the learning and informational needs of Tribal communities in culturally-sensitive ways,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew.

Native American Library Services Basic grants support existing library operations and maintain core library services. These noncompetitive grants are distributed in equal amounts among eligible applicants. Grants of $1,672,000 will be provided to 226 Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations.

Native American Library Services Enhancement grants enhance existing library services or implement new library services for Indian tribes. Enhancement Grants are only awarded to applicants that have an active Native American Library Services Basic Grant in the same fiscal year. IMLS is awarding $1,952,251 to 14 institutions through this grant program.

Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians so they can enhance existing or implement new library services.  This year IMLS is awarding $430,751 to three Native Hawaiian-serving organizations, including.

Detailed information on each of the grantees and their project descriptions can be found on the IMLS website:

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