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"IMLS Calls for 2007 National Leadership Grant Applications"
2006-12-07 until 2007-03-01
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Washington, DC, USA United States of America

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications to the agency's 2007 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. The previously published deadline of February 1, 2007 has been moved to March 1, 2007. Since 1998 National Leadership Grants have supported the innovative thinking that is needed to help libraries and museums meet the changing needs of the American public. They are an important investment in the future of library and museum service. In 2007, these grants will provide an opportunity to explore important research questions, develop and test new models of library and museum service, and help build digital resources.

This year the agency is bringing back its Library and Museum Community Collaboration category. Collaboration grants provide opportunities for libraries and museums to partner with each other and with a host of other community organizations including public broadcasters, schools, universities, cultural and performing arts organizations, and health and social service providers. With this change, the three funding categories for 2007 are as follows:

* Building Digital Resources
* Library and Museum Community Collaboration
* Research and Demonstration

Library applicants may request between $50,000 and $1,000,000; the range for museum applicants is $25,000 to $1,000,000. In addition, collaborative planning grants of $30,000 are for the first time to enable project teams from more than one institution to work together to plan a collaborative project in any of the three categories.

Successful proposals will show evidence that they will have national impact and generate results--new tools, research, models, services, practices, or alliances--that can be widely adapted or replicated to extend the benefit of federal support. Proposals will reflect an understanding of current issues and needs, showing the potential for far-reaching impact throughout the museum or library community. Projects will provide creative solutions to issues of national importance and provide leadership for other organizations.

Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency's Web site at www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/nationalLeadership.shtm. All applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Instructions for completing and submitting applications through Grants.gov are in the guidelines and on the IMLS Web site at www.imls.gov/applicants/grantsgov/nlg07.shtm.

Awards will be announced in September 2007.

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 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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