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Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits Serving Native
Hawaiians to Enhance Library Services

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

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05/01/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $10,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations that primarily represent or serve Native Hawaiians to improve existing library services or start new library services. Program categories include educational programming, preservation and revitalization, and digital services.

Successful Native Hawaiian grant projects should result in measureable changes and outcomes, such as increased understanding, interest, and confidence among participants. Successful Native Hawaiian grant projects support the activities described in 20 U.S.C. 9141, for example:

-Support for individuals’ needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills;
-Improvement of the quality of and access to library and information services; and
-Enhancement of the skills of the current library workforce and leadership.

IMLS Agency-level Goals:

The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. IMLS provide leadership through research, policy development, and grant making.

U.S. museums and libraries are at the forefront in the movement to create a nation of learners. As stewards of cultural and natural heritage with rich, authentic content, libraries and museums provide learning experiences for everyone. In FY2018, each award under this program will support one of the following three goals of the IMLS strategic plan, Creating a Nation of Learners:

-IMLS places the learner at the center and supports engaging experiences in libraries and museums that prepare people to be full participants in their local communities and the global society.
-IMLS promotes museums and libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement, cultural opportunities, and economic vitality.
-IMLS supports exemplary stewardship of museum and library collections and promotes the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage.

The goals focus on achieving positive public outcomes for communities and individuals; supporting the unique role of museums and libraries in preserving and providing access to collections and content; and promoting library, museum, and information service policies that ensure access to information for all Americans.

IMLS places importance on diversity and inclusion. This may be reflected in a project in a wide range of ways, including efforts to serve: individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; persons with disabilities; persons with limited functional literacy or information skills; individuals having difficulty using a library or museum; underserved urban and rural communities; and children from families with incomes below the poverty level. This may also be reflected in efforts to recruit future professionals in the library or museum fields as well as strategies in building or enhancing access to collections and information.

Project Categories:

Preservation and Revitalization:

Preservation and Revitalization projects focus on the preservation and revitalization of Native Hawaiian language and culture through use of efficient and effective strategies and incorporation of strategic partnerships. Activities include preservation of content of unique and specific value to the community, following established best practices and standards.

Educational Programming:

Educational Programming projects include programs for library patrons and community-based users related to a specific topic or content area through development, implementation and evaluation of classes, events, tools, resources, and/or other services. Emphasis should be placed on the needs of learners and appropriate teaching and facilitation approaches and curriculum development.

Digital Services:

Digital Services projects feature activities dedicated to the establishment and refinement of digital services and programs related to infrastructure, platforms, and technology, in general. Proposals for digitization projects should include plans for preservation of and access to the resulting digital objects and/or implementing digital library tools to provide services to Native Hawaiian communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 139915

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Number of Grants:

Anticipated number of awards: 3 - 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Expected Amounts of Individual Awards: $10,000 - $150,000
-Average amount of funding per award experienced in previous years: $120,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated period of performance is October 2018 - November 2020. Project activities may be carried out for up to two years.

Anticipated start dates for new awards: Not earlier than October 1, 2018. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians (as the term is defined in 20 U.S.C. § 7517). The term "Native Hawaiian" refers to an individual who is a citizen of the United States and a descendant of the aboriginal people who, before 1778, occupied and exercised sovereignty in the area that now comprises the State of Hawaii.

A grantee with an active Native Hawaiian Grant may not apply for another Native Hawaiian grant that would have an overlapping period of performance with the active grant.

Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are not eligible to compete with applications for new awards.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to participate in a pre-application webinar to learn more about the program and ask questions.

Monday, March 26, 2018, 3-4 pm EST - Native Hawaiian Grant Accountability Paperwork (Budgets and Performance Measures) Webinar:

Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 2-3 pm EST - General Native Hawaiian Grant Application Webinar:

More information about webinars may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Submit applications through by 11:59 PM on U.S. Eastern Time on May 1, 2018.

The anticipated date of notification of award decisions is September 2018.

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Contact Information:

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

For questions about project activities, eligibility, and allowability of costs, contact:

Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer

For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:

Stephen Mayeaux, Program Specialist

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Hawaii