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
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
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.