December 14, 2023

Application Deadline is March 1, 2024

Two children sitting in chairs and reading a book.
Students at the listening center in the children's library, Nooksack Tribal Library. Photo courtesy of FY 2023 grantee Nooksack Indian Tribe.

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for Native American Library Services Basic Grants through March 1, 2024.

Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages, corporations, and regional corporations and are designed to assist Native American tribes in improving library services for their communities.

“The IMLS is proud to once again offer our Native American Basic Grants which, as we know from our tribal Consultations, are the most flexible and useful way to support literacy and social services” shares IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “It is important in the recovery from the pandemic that we continue our support for important work that tribal libraries and cultural centers do every day.”

Some examples of what grant funds may be used for include purchasing library materials and furnishings, renewing subscriptions, funding salaries and staff training, and providing internet connectivity and computers.

Potential applicants can learn more about the FY 2024 application process in an on-demand webinar. Application materials can be found on the grant program page. For more information, please visit the IMLS website.

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