Institute of Museum and Library Services
02/01/16 11:59 PM ET
Grants of up to $25,000 to USA and territories public and nonprofit libraries, archives and IHEs to test and evaluate new library tools, products, services, or organizational practices. On January 7 and January 13 webinars will be held. Eligible projects are of significant relevance to libraries and archives and test a significant innovation.
These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices.
You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and archives serve their communities.
Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives. Characteristics of successful projects are as follows:
- Broad Impact: Your project should show the potential for far-reaching impact beyond your institution, and influence practice across one or more disciplines or specific fields within the library or archival profession.
- In-depth Knowledge: Your project should reflect a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter and an awareness and support of current strategic initiatives and agendas in the field.
- Innovative Approach: Your project should employ new approaches to strengthen and improve services to benefit the audiences and communities being served.
- Shared Results: Your project should generate results that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to leverage the benefits of federal investment. Grantees are required to submit a short white paper to be publicly posted and shared with the field.
GrantWatch ID#: 164204
10 - 12
$10,000 - $25,000
October 2016 - October 2017. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2016. Project activities may generally be carried out for up to one year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Mary Alice Ball, AMLS, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer
Tim Carrigan, Senior Library Program Officer
Sandra Toro, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer
Emily Reynolds, Library Program Officer
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