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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Grants to Improve Libraries Across the US

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Grants ranging from $50,000–$500,000 for libraries across the United States. The purpose of this grant is to improve libraries by developing their knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to meet the changing needs of the nation. The primary goal of this funding is to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders; to conduct research on the library profession; to support early career research, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

There are three funding categories: project, collaborative planning grant, and national forum grant. The project grant will support projects that fulfill the goals of this grant whereas the collaborative planning grant will support activities required to fully develop ideas for a project that has the potential to meet the goals of this grant. The national forum grant will support workshops, or other convenings of experts with the purpose of fostering discussion about related issues to libraries and archives.

Additionally there are six project categories; doctoral, masters programs, research, programs to build institutional capacity, continuing education, and scholarship continuation grants. Applicants are required to designate one funding category and one project category.

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GrantWatch ID#: 126253

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up to 3 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public libraries, elementary and secondary school libraries, college and university libraries, research libraries and archives

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a Web conference on:
Friday, October 14, 2011, at 3:00-4:00. Eastern Time
Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 3:00-4:00. Eastern Time

Pre-Application Information:

Awardees are responsible for providing a cost share equal to at least the amount of funds that are provided (at least a 1:1 match of all non–student support funds).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kevin Cherry
Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4662

Mary Alice Ball, Senior Library Program Officer

Traci Rucker, Library Program Specialist

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming