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IMLS Grant Opportunities

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

July 28, 2016

IMLS Contact
Giuliana Bullard


FY 2017 Guidelines Announced for Grants to Boost Library Profession and Improve Field

 September 1 is the first of two FY 2017 deadlines for applications to IMLS 

Washington, DC – The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the guidelines for the first round of FY 2017  National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). The NLG program invests in projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and generate results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used. The LB21 program supports human capital capacity projects for libraries and archives. This call for preliminary proposals has a deadline of September 1, 2016, for both programs. A separate funding opportunity for both programs will be announced in December with a deadline in February 2017.

From the preliminary proposals received in September, IMLS will select applicants and invite them to submit full proposals by January 13, 2016. Applicants who are not invited to continue from the first round of funding may submit new preliminary proposals in February.

As outlined in the 2017 IMLS Congressional Justification, IMLS is especially interested in projects that address the following priorities:

  1. Community Anchors: NLG projects that advance the role of libraries as community anchors that provide civic and cultural engagement, facilitate lifelong learning, promote digital inclusion, and support economic vitality through programming and services. LB21 projects that investigate and build the skills and knowledge of library professionals to support the role of libraries as community anchors that facilitate lifelong learning; enhance civic and cultural engagement; and support economic vitality, through programming and services.
  1. National Digital Platform: NLG projects that create, develop, and expand the social and technical infrastructure and the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. LB21 projects that increase library professionals’ capacity to create, develop, and use the social and technical infrastructure and the open source software applications used by libraries and archives to provide digital content and services to all users in the United States. NDP projects bridge gaps between disparate pieces of the existing digital infrastructure for increased efficiencies, cost savings, access, and services.
  1. Curating Collections: NLG projects that can have a significant national impact on shared services for the preservation and management of digital library collections and content across the country. LB21 projects that increase librarians’ and library professionals’ capacity to create, preserve, manage, and provide access to digital library collections across the country.

Applicants to the LB21 program are required to align their projects with a project category, i.e., National Digital Platform, Community Anchors, or Curating Collections. Projects must also align with a project type, i.e., Pre-Professional; Masters-level and Doctoral-level Programs; Early Career Development; or Continuing Education.

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries is now a funding category within the National Leadership Grants program, rather than a standalone program. Sparks grants support new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. Sparks preliminary proposals will now be accepted twice a year, instead of full proposals accepted once a year.

See the grant program guidelines for more information about LB21 or NLG programs.

Webinars and Getting Your Questions Answered
Informational webinars will be held on Thursday July 28, at 3:00 PM ET and (repeated) on Monday, August 1, 3PM ET. For more information about the webinars, see the  IMLS Webinar webpage. IMLS is using the Blackboard Collaborate system (version 12.6). First-time Blackboard users should check their system compatibility and configure their settings.

IMLS staff members listed on the NLG and LB21 program pages are available by phone and email to answer general questions related to the programs.

2016 Request for Proposals

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

We are happy to announce that we have begun to post the annual Request for Proposals (RFP). We are late this year because there are a lot of changes in the process to request funding and that is reflected in the new RFP’s. You can find the full announcement here:  You will notice that some RFP’s are not yet posted. I continue to work on these and hope to have them posted shortly. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want someone to bounce the idea off of give us a call and be sure to attend the informational webinar on Tuesday August 9th at 1:00PM EST to review some of the changes. I will be a great opportunity to ask questions.

Please feel free to contact me.

Mary Piorun, PhD

Associate Director,


University of Massachusetts Medical School

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NN/LM Proposal Reviewers

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The NN/LM New England Region seeks network members to be part of a committee to review requests for funding proposals. We would like to compose a diverse panel witch reflects the composition of the population of our region and those applying for funding. For example we would like to have representation from each state, hospital, public, and academic libraries. We would also like to have representatives from community based organizations. Reviewers are required to read each proposal and score the proposal based on a set criteria. Reviewers are asked to provide thoughtful comments and discuss the merits of the proposal with fellow committee members. Time commitment is expected to be about a total of 15 – 20 hours spread over a six weeks period.

Please complete this brief survey to express your interest to serve on the NN/LM NER committee to review funding proposals.

-Mary Piorun, Associate Director, NN/LM NER

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site:

Primary Point of Contact

Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 105
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5488
Fax: 301-402-0642

Secondary Point of Contact 

Suet Vu, Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions (OA)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 105
Bethesda, MD 20892-5488
Office Phone: 301-496-6546
Fax: 301-402-0642

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