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to Improve Library and Archive Services

National Leadership Grant for Libraries (NLG-L)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

LOI Date:

09/24/21

Deadline Date:

03/25/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve library and archive services. Applicants must submit a preliminary proposal prior to the full application and are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG-L) supports projects that address critical needs of the library and archives fields and have the potential to advance practice in these professions to strengthen library and archival services for the American public.

Successful proposals will generate results such as new models, new tools, research findings, services, practices, and/or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend and leverage the benefits of federal investment.

Funding Categories:

  • Planning Grants: Support exploratory activities, such as analyzing needs and feasibility; solidifying partnerships; developing project work plans; or developing prototypes, proofs of concept, and pilot studies. Applications should identify planning activities that have the potential to lead to future implementation. 
  • Forum Grants: Support convening qualified experts and key stakeholders, including those from adjacent fields as appropriate, to help explore current or emerging issues or opportunities that are important to libraries and archives across the nation. Reports and other deliverables should be prepared for wide dissemination. Convenings should leverage technology, such as virtual meetings or live streaming, to allow broad participation. Additional mechanisms for engaging stakeholders and building awareness of the findings are encouraged.
  • Implementation Grants: Support the development, execution, and evaluation of work that transforms how libraries and archives serve the nation. Implementation projects may develop new tools and resources or expand existing products or services for new audiences or in new contexts. Applicants should design their proposed work to ensure that new practices have the potential to be easily adoptable, sustainable, and widely implementable across the field. 
  • Applied Research Grants: Support the investigation of key questions relevant to library or archival tools and services, building on prior empirical, theoretical, or exploratory work in libraries and archives or other relevant disciplines. Applicants must include clearly articulated research questions and feature appropriate methods, including relevant theoretical or conceptual approaches, data collection, and analysis. Findings and their implications for library and archival practice should be shared broadly throughout the grant period of performance, rather than exclusively at the end of the project. Dissemination activities should extend beyond publishing journal articles and presenting at academic conferences. Research projects should not be designed with a deterministic agenda or predetermined outcomes. Proposals focused on evaluation are not appropriate for the Applied Research project category and should be submitted under the Implementation project category above. 

Throughout its work, IMLS places importance on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This may be reflected in an IMLS-funded project in a wide range of ways, including efforts to serve individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills; individuals having difficulty using a library or museum; and underserved urban and rural communities, including children from families with incomes below the poverty line.

For information on allowable costs, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/2021-07/fy22-ols-nlgl-nofo.pdf#page=23.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147018

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$9,000,000

Number of Grants:

40

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Floor: $50,000
Award Ceiling:
- Planning Grants: $100,000
- Forum Grants: $150,000
- Implementation Grants: $1,000,000
- Applied Research Grants: $750,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin on August 1, 2022.

Period of Performance: One to two years for Planning Grants and Forum Grants. One to three years for Implementation Grants and Applied Research Grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible as an applicant for the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program, applicants must:
1. Be either a unit of State or local government or be a private, nonprofit institution that has nonprofit status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, and
2. Be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.

In addition, applicants must qualify as one of the following:
1. A library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a State agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library. Eligible libraries include:
a) Public libraries;
b) Public elementary and secondary school libraries;
c) College (including community college) and university libraries;
d) Research libraries and archives that are not an integral part of an institution of higher education and that make publicly available library services and materials that are suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available. Research libraries must be under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian and be either generally recognized as possessing unique, scholarly research materials and services that are made available to the public, or able to demonstrate that such is the case when submitting an application to IMLS;
e) Private library or other special library, but only if the State in which such private or special library is located should be considered a library for purposes of Library Services and Technology (see 20 U.S.C. 9121-9165);

2. An academic or administrative unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science that is part of an institution of higher education through which it would make an application;

3. A digital library, if it makes library materials publicly available and provides library services, including selection, organization, description, reference, and preservation, under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian;

4. A library agency that is an official agency of a State or other unit of government and is charged by the law governing it with the extension and development of public library services within its jurisdiction;

5. A library consortium that is a local, statewide, regional, interstate, or international cooperative association of library entities that provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources of eligible libraries, as defined above, and information centers that work to improve the services delivered to the clientele of these libraries; or

6. A library association that exists on a permanent basis; serves libraries or library professionals on a national, regional, State, or local level; and engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of libraries and the library profession.

Funding Restrictions: https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/2021-07/fy22-ols-nlgl-nofo.pdff#page=23

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Preliminary Proposals: Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on September 24, 2021.
- Invited Full Proposals: IMLS plans to extend invitations to submit full proposals in February 2022. Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on March 25, 2022.
- Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: July 2022 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)
- Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on August 1, 2022.

The application process for the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program consists of two phases. For Phase I, all applicants must submit two-page Preliminary Proposals. For Phase II, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals (Invited Full Proposals). For both phases, applicants must submit their materials by the deadlines indicated on page 1 of this Notice of Funding Opportunity. Late applications will not be considered for funding under this notice. Only Invited Full Proposals will be considered for funding

Cost Share Requirement
- Planning Grants: No cost share required.
- Forum Grants: No cost share required.
- Implementation Grants: Requests of more than $249,999 in IMLS funds require at least 1:1 cost share from non-federal sources.
- Applied Research Grants: No cost share required.

Before submitting an application, an applicant organization must have a current and active Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S®) Number; a current and active System for Award Management (SAM) registration; and an active Grants.gov registration with an approved Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Check materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application package. The multistep registration process generally cannot be completed in a single day. If your organization is not already registered, allow several weeks before the application deadline to complete this one-time process. Do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334500
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For general questions, please contact imls-librarygrants@imls.gov.

Prior to submitting a preliminary proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact the member of the IMLS team whose portfolio most closely aligns with the proposal.

Jill Connors-Joyner (Early learning, Young adult services, Informal STEM learning, Making, School Libraries)
Email: jconnors-joyner@imls.gov

Sarah Fuller (Community development, Workforce development, Services for immigrants and refugees, Public health)
Email: sfuller@imls.gov

James Neal (Broadband, Digital inclusion, Open educational resources, Data privacy and security, Archives and special collections, Community archives)
Email: jneal@imls.gov

Ashley Sands, PhD (Research data management, Scholarly communications, Open infrastructures, Digital collections, and Digital preservation)
Email: asands@imls.gov

Institute of Museum and Library Services
955 L’Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000
Washington, D.C. 20024-2135

CFDA Number:

45.312

Funding or Pin Number:

NLG-Libraries-FY22

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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