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Federal Mandate for Libraries Applying for Federal Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced that libraries planning to apply for its federally funded library programming grants will be required to apply through Grants.gov. The new federal mandate affects libraries that apply for traveling exhibit grants and other grants that include a cash grant component. Applicants for federally funded grants without a cash component will not be required to apply via grants.gov.

Grants.gov (http://grants.gov) is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs from 26 federal agencies providing over $400 billion in annual awards. Before applying for grants through the Grants.gov interface, libraries are required to register in the system. The registration process can take up to two weeks to complete and it is recommended that libraries register early.

Instructions for libraries that are registering and applying for funding via Grants.gov are available from the ALA website. http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/progresources/grantsgovinfo/grantsdotgov.htm

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