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Grants to USA Tribes to Improve Library Programs and Services

Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grant


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Funding Source
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
CFDA Number: 45.311
Funding or PIN Number: NAG-ENHANCEMENT-FY23
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/03/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA federally recognized Indian tribes to improve library services in Native communities. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the application deadline. Funding is intended for digital services, educational programs, and the preservation and revitalization of Native American cultures and languages.

Program Overview:

This program is designed to assist Native American tribes in improving core library services for their communities. Reflecting IMLS’s agency-level goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, the goals for this program are to:

  • Improve digital services to support needs for education, workforce development, economic and business development, health information, critical thinking skills, and digital literacy skills.
  • Improve educational programs related to specific topics and content areas of interest to library patrons and community-based users.
  • Enhance the preservation and revitalization of Native American cultures and languages.

For a full Program Description, see the NOFO in Supporting Documents below. 

Minimum Requirements of Library Service: To be eligible for this program, your organization 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.

For Allowable Costs, see


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant program.

For the purpose 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 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.

Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible, 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.

The following list includes some examples of unallowable costs, both for IMLS funds and for cost share (if applicable), under this announcement:
• General fundraising costs, such as development office staff or other staff time devoted to general fundraising
• Contributions to endowments
• General operating support
• Acquisition of collections (see 2 C.F.R. § 3187.15(b))
• General advertising or public relations costs designed solely for promotional activities other than those related to the specific project
• Construction or renovation of facilities (generally, any activity involving the construction trades is not an allowable cost)
• Social activities, ceremonies, receptions, or entertainment
• Research projects (see 2 C.F.R. § 200.1)
If you have questions about whether specific activities are allowable, contact IMLS staff for

Pre-Application Information
Submit through by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on April 3, 2023.

Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: August 2023 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)

Cost Share Requirement: There are no requirements for cost sharing in this program.

Before submitting an application, an applicant organization must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number; a current and active System for Award Management (SAM) registration; and an active registration with an approved Authorized Organization Representative (AOR). Check materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active. For a complete list of Registration Requirements, see

View the pre-application webinar at

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Anticipated number of awards: 24

Estimated Size of Grant
- Expected amount of individual awards: $10,000-150,000
- Average amount of funding per award experienced in previous years: $137,500

Term of Contract
- Anticipated start dates for new awards Projects must begin on September 1, 2023.
- Anticipated period of performance September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2025. Project activities may be carried out for up to two years.

Contact Information
If you have questions, you are encouraged to contact:

Jennifer Himmelreich
Senior Program Officer

Sheena Afoakwa
Program Specialist

To request an audio recording of this announcement, call 202-653-4744. To request a paper copy of this announcement, call 202-653-4744 or email

Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing (TTY Users) can contact IMLS at 202-207-7858 via 711 for TTY-Based Telecommunications Relay Service.

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