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National Leadership Grant for Libraries (NLG-L)

Grants to USA Nonprofit, Governmental, and School
Libraries to Improve Library and Archive Services

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

LOI Date:

10/02/20

Deadline Date:

03/26/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit, governmental, and school-based libraries 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 benefits of projects funded in this program must advance national practice.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program (NLG-L) support projects that enhance the quality of library and archive services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or collaborative approaches that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

Funding Categories:

  • Planning Grants
  • National Forum Grants
  • Project Grants
  • Research in Service to Practice Grants

For more information on funding categories, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-ols-nlgl-nofo.pdf#page=4.

All applications must designate one of the following project categories:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Catalysts
  • National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives

For more information on project categories, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-ols-nlgl-nofo.pdf#page=5.

IMLS encourages proposals at varying stages of maturity including the emergence of new ideas, validation of existing approaches, and practices for scaling up across library and archives communities. Successful proposals may generate new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. Each phase in a project’s life cycle offers opportunities to learn, discover, develop, and test new ideas, activities, software, services, etc.

IMLS places importance on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This may be reflected in a 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. This may also be reflected in efforts to recruit future professionals in the library or museum fields as well as strategies in building or enhancing access to collections and information.

For information on allowable costs, see https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-ols-nlgl-nofo.pdf#page=22.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147018

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$9,000,000

Number of Grants:

40

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Floor: $25,000
Award Ceiling:
- Planning Grants: Up to $100,000
- National Forum Grants: Up to $150,000
- Project Grants: Up to $1,000,000
- Research in Service to Practice Grants: Up to $750,000

Term of Contract:

Anticipated period of performance: August 1, 2020– August 31, 2023. Project activities may be carried out for one to three years based on the selected funding category: One to two years for Planning Grants and National Forum Grants. One to three years for Project Grants and Research in Service to Practice Grants.

Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Not earlier than August 1, 2021. Projects must begin on August 1 or September 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible as an applicant for the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program, applicants must:

- 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
- 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:

- 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);
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- 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.

Projects focused on preserving or providing access to a particular collection or set of collections cannot be supported. Similarly, the program cannot support the digitization of content or pre-digitization activities such as inventorying collections.

Funding Restrictions: https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy21-ols-nlgl-nofo.pdf#page=22

Pre-Application Information:

- Preliminary Proposals: Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on October 2, 2020
- Invited Full Proposals: Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on March 26, 2021.
- Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: July, 2021 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)
- Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on August 1 or September 1, 2021.

The application process for the LB21 program has two phases. For Phase I, all applicants must submit two-page preliminary proposals by the deadline listed above. For Phase II, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals (Invited Full Proposals). Only Invited Full Proposals will be considered for funding.

All non-federal entities are required to have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (D-U-N-S®) number in order to apply for, receive, and report on federal awards. It can be obtained within two business days at no cost by calling 1-866-705-5711 or by visiting http://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html. Applicants must be registered with SAM (www.SAM.gov) before registering with Grants.gov. Applicants are advised to allow several weeks to complete their SAM registration.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting your application package. The multi-step registration process generally cannot be completed in a single day. If you are not already registered, you should allow several weeks before the grant program deadline to complete this one-time process. For more information, see https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html.

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327985
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Project grants requesting $249,999 or more in IMLS funds require at least 1:1 cost share from non-federal sources.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=327985&origin=vgo-apply

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)
Email: jconnors-joyner@imls.gov

Sarah Fuller (Community development, Workforce development, Services for new Americans, 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)
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-FY21

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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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