March 11, 2021

Native American, Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants Now Available
Application Deadlines are May 11, 2021

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for Native Hawaiian Library Services and Native American Library Services Enhancement grants. The deadline for submitting applications for either grant is May 11, 2021.

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 enhance existing library services or implement new ones.

Native American Library Services Enhancement grants advance the programs and services of eligible Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations. They are competitive grants of up to $150,000 for two years and are available to any tribe, village, corporation, or regional corporation that has applied for a Basic grant.

Reflecting IMLS’s goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, successful projects for either grant program 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 cultures and languages.

An awardee with an active Native American Enhancement Grant may not apply for another Native American Enhancement Grant that would have an overlapping period of performance with the active grant. For more information, please contact IMLS staff.

Grant guidelines and descriptions of previously funded projects are available on the IMLS website.

On-Demand Webinars

To learn more, interested applicants are invited to view the recorded pre-application webinars:

Program Contacts

For questions about project activities, eligibility, and allowability of costs:

Anthony D. Smith
Associate Deputy Director

For questions about application requirements and deadlines:

Sarah Boonie
Program Specialist

Maeve Coudrelle
Program Specialist

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