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Native American Library Services: Basic Grants

Grants to USA Indian Tribes to Support and
Improve Library Operations and Access

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Institute of Museum and Library Services

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04/02/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 to USA Indian tribes to maintain core library services and support established library operations. This program is intended to support the expansion of services, enhanced linkages and coordination, partnerships with other agencies, targeting library services to meet community needs, and improved library access.

Effective for this FY 2018 Native American Library Services Basic Grants Program, there is no separate Education/Assessment Option. Funding for tribal library staff to: attend library-related continuing education courses or training workshops; attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services; and/or hire a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment should be included in the Library Services Plan and the Budget.

Successful Basic Grants support existing library operations and maintain core library services, particularly as they relate to the following goals in the Museum and Library Services Act (20 U.S.C. § 9141).

1. Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals’ need for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital library skills.

2. Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities, as described in 20 U.S.C. § 9134(b)(6), for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services.

(a) Providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services.

(b) Enhancing efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services.

3. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations.

4. Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills.

5. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of Title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved.

6. Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, State, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks.

7. Carrying out other activities consistent with the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter of the IMLS statute (20 U.S.C. § 9121).

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 provides 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 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 165537

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Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 240

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Native American Basic Grants award for FY 2018 is $6,000 - $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel.

The average amount of funding per award experienced in previous years was $7,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin on August 1, 2018.

The anticipated period of performance is August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019. Project activities may be carried out for one year.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services Basic Grants Program. Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of this program and their staff may serve as project directors, in partnership with an eligible applicant.

For purposes of funding under this program, “Indian tribe” means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)), which is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A list of eligible entities is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

To be eligible for this program, you must be able to document an existing library that meets, at a minimum, three basic criteria: (1) regularly scheduled hours, (2) staff, and (3) materials available for library users.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to view the following pre-application webinar recordings to learn more about the program and ask questions.

FY2018 Native American Library Services Basic Grants Pre-application General Webinar 1:

FY2018 Native American Library Services Basic Grants Pre-application General Webinar 2:

FY2018 Native American Library Services Basic Grants Pre-application General Webinar 3:

FY2018 Native American Library Services Basic Grants Budget Webinar:

FY2018 Native American Library Services Basic Grants Performance Measures Webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must have a DUNS Number and be registered on

-Due Date: Submit applications via by 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time on April 2, 2018.
-Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: July 2018 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)
-Beginning Date of Period of Performance: Projects must begin on August 1, 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

Aly DesRochers, Program Specialist

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