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Native American Library Services: Basic Grant

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

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Conf. Date:

02/10/20

Deadline Date:

04/15/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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

Eligible projects:

  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.
  3. (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. 
  4. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, State, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks.
  8. Carrying out other activities consistent with the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter of the IMLS statute (20 U.S.C. § 9121).

In FY2018-2022, each award under this initiative will support one of the following three goals and an associated objective from the IMLS strategic plan, Transforming Communities:

  • Promote Lifelong Learning
  • Build Capacity
  • Increase Public Access

Additional information about these agency-level goals may be found here: https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-ols-nab-nofo.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165537

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,200,000

Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 220

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant amount is $6,000 - $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel.

Average amount of funding per award in previous years: $9,200

Term of Contract:

The grant period is one year. Projects must begin on August 1, 2020 and be completed by July 31, 2021.

Eligibility:

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 the 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.

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.

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 join a webinar to learn more about the FY20 Native American Library Services: Basic Grants program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

- IMLS FY20 Native American Library Services: Basic Grants – General Applicant - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 3:30-4:30 p.m. Eastern
- For additional information and to register: https://www.imls.gov/webinars/fy-2020-native-american-library-services-basic-grants-new-applicant-webinar-1


Learn more about accessing IMLS webinars here: https://www.imls.gov/webinars

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time on April 1, 2020.

The anticipated date of notification of award decisions is July 2020, subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion.

Applicants must have a DUNS Number and be registered with SAM.gov and Grants.gov.

An applicant organization, if eligible, may submit only one application under this announcement. The same population cannot be served by more than one Basic grant.

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322866

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Webinar Recording:https://www.imls.gov/webinars/fy-2020-native-american-library-services-basic-grants-new-applicant-webinar-1

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:
Anthony Smith
Associate Deputy Director
202-653-4716
asmith@imls.gov

For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:
Sarah Boonie, Program Specialist
202-653-4761
sboonie@imls.gov

Chelsea Cole, Program Specialist
202-653-4719
ccole@imls.gov

CFDA Number:

45.311

Funding or Pin Number:

NAG-BASIC-FY20

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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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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