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New IMLS Initiative Seeking Grant Applications

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Last week the Institute of Museum and Library Services launched a special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries, that will be accepting applications for grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 until February 25, 2019. This opportunity is designed to strengthen how rural public and school libraries support their communities. The following information from the press release illustrates the three categories for applicants:

Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies.

Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories.

Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

For more information about this fabulous opportunity, check out the IMLS website and consider attending  one of the webinars on Tuesday, December 18, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM, or Wednesday, January 9, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.



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