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Grants to USA Indian Tribes to Improve Library Resources and Provide Professional Development Opportunities for Library Staff

Native American Library Services: Basic Grant

GrantWatch ID# 165537
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
CFDA Number: 45.311
Funding or PIN Number: NAG-BASIC-FY23
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/01/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA and territories Indian tribes to improve library resources and provide professional development opportunities for library staff. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support federally recognized Native American tribes in improving core library services for their communities.

This program is designed to assist Native American tribes in improving core library services for their communities. Information needs and approaches to meeting them are evolving at an unprecedented pace in all communities, and to operate within this environment effectively for the benefit of their users, libraries must be able to both strengthen existing services and move quickly to adopt new and emerging technologies. Reflecting IMLS’s agency-level goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, the goals and objectives for this program are:

  • Goal 1: Improve services for learning and accessing information in a variety of formats to support needs for education, workforce development, economic and business development, health information, critical thinking skills, digital literacy skills, and financial literacy and other types of literacy skills.
    • Objective 1.1: Support the acquisition of library-related materials, supplies, equipment, furnishings, services, and fees for participation in networks and consortia that provide the library with direct services.
    • Objective 1.2: Support the engagement of consultants and/or third-party service providers with expertise in providing library and technology assessments, tutoring, skill-building, and other relevant fields.
  • Goal 2: Enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership through training, continuing education, and opportunities for professional development. 
    • Objective 2.1: Support the coverage of expenses related to courses, workshops, and other forms of training for library staff. 
    • Objective 2.2: Support the coverage of expenses related to staff participation at professional conferences. 

The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.

For examples of generally allowable costs, see


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for an award under this Native American Library Services Basic Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity, you must be a Federally recognized tribe.

For the purpose 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 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.

Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible, 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.

The following list includes some examples of unallowable costs under this announcement:
- General fundraising costs, such as development office staff or other staff time devoted to general fundraising
- Contributions to endowments
- Social activities, ceremonies, receptions, or entertainment, including food, gifts, and promotional items
- Construction or renovation of facilities (generally, any activity involving the construction trades is not an allowable cost)
- Indirect costs

Pre-Application Information
- Application Due Date: Submit through by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on March 1, 2023.
- Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: July 2023 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)
- Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on August 1, 2023.

All organizations must submit their applications for funding using Workspace. Do not submit through email or postal mail to IMLS.

Cost sharing is not required in this program. Please do not include cost share in your budget.

Before submitting an application, an applicant organization must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number; a current and active System for Award Management (SAM) registration; and an active 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.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Expected amount of individual awards: $6,000-10,000.
- Average amount of funding per award experienced in previous years: $9,600

Term of Contract
Anticipated period of performance: August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024. Project activities may be carried out for one year.

Contact Information
If you have questions, we encourage you to contact:
Jennifer Himmelreich
Senior Program Officer

Sheena Afoakwa
Program Specialist

Institute of Museum and Library Services
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW, Suite 4000
Washington, D.C. 20024-2135 Support:
Call: 1-800-518-4726

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