Application Due Date: April 1, 2025*
The FY 2024 open application period is now closed. The FY 2025 Notice of Funding Opportunity is not yet available. Please refer to the FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF 621KB) for reference on this grant program.
Grant Amount: $10,000 to $150,000
Grant Period: Up to two years.
Cost Share Requirement: None

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Program Overview:
This program is designed to assist Native Hawaiian libraries in improving core library services for their communities. Reflecting IMLS’s agency-level goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, the goals for this program are to:

  • Improve digital services to support needs for education, workforce development, economic and business development, health information, critical thinking skills, and digital literacy skills.
  • Improve educational programs related to specific topics and content areas of interest to library patrons and community-based users.
  • Enhance the preservation and revitalization of Native Hawaiian culture and language.

Projects may involve, but are not limited to, activities such as educational programming for all ages; oral history collection and documentation; digital media and technology enhancements; institutional planning and policy development; professional training, internships, and mentorships; supporting and engaging with cultural practitioners and scholars; research and development of language and cultural material and tools; digitization and digital asset management, and refitting of library spaces for staff and public.

Click here to search awards made through Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants program by year, state, city, or keyword.

Eligibility: Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians (as that term is defined in 20 U.S.C. § 7517). See the Notice of Funding Opportunity for eligibility criteria for this program.

  • Such services may include, but are not limited to, providing free access to books; print and electronic media; research databases; job, employment, and career resources; help from librarians; space for reading, studying, and meeting; and free events and activities such as programs, classes, and cultural events for people of all ages.

Program Contacts:
If you have questions, we encourage you to contact:

Jennifer Himmelreich
Senior Program Officer

Click here to schedule a time to talk with Jennifer Himmelreich.

Sheena Afoakwa
Program Specialist

Grant Program Webinars:
The FY 2024 webinars are available for reference.

Watch a pre-application webinar to learn more about the FY 2024 Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants program.

*All grant programs are subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion. Deadlines are tentative.