Grants Will Help to Improve Core Library Services for Underserved Communities
Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for Native Hawaiian Library Services and Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants. The grants will help to improve core library services for underserved communities. The deadline for submitting applications for both grants is April 1, 2024.
IMLS is the leading voice in the nation in support of the critical role of museums and libraries as trusted, dynamic public spaces that help to boost community engagement, preserve diverse history and culture, and create a sense of belonging for all Americans. IMLS is committed to supporting libraries as unparalleled sources of educational and cultural literacy, while strengthening the capacity of libraries to ensure community members are well informed and equipped with accurate information and the tools necessary to participate fully in society.
“The FY24 Native American and Native Hawaiian grant programs’ NOFOs are another opportunity for IMLS and the Office of Library Services to continue our long-standing partnership and commitment to Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian library services, archives, and communities,” said IMLS Deputy Director of Library Services Cyndee Landrum. “Through our collaboration with our Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian colleagues, grant program processes have been refined to expand eligibility and clarify project specifications, resulting in a 98 percent award rate across our Native American and Native Hawaiian grant programs in FY23. We look forward to another dynamic year of supporting projects across the country that center communities and advance innovation.”
Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. These grants, awarded in amounts of up to $150,000 for two years, are designed to improve core library services for their communities.
Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants advance the programs and services of eligible Native American Tribes, including Alaska Native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations. These competitive grants, awarded in amounts of up to $150,000 for two years, are designed to improve core library services for their communities.
Reflecting IMLS’s goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, successful grant awardees will:
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 American cultures and languages.
An awardee may not apply for more than one Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant or Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant that would be active within the same time period. For more information, please contact IMLS staff.
Grant guidelines and descriptions of previously funded projects are available on the IMLS website.
To learn more, interested applicants are invited to view the recorded pre-application webinars:
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. IMLS envisions a nation where individuals and communities have access to museums and libraries to learn from and be inspired by the trusted information, ideas, and stories they contain about our diverse natural and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.