The Native American Library Services Basic Grant supports existing library operations and maintains core library services.
The Education/Assessment Option is supplemental to the Basic Grant and provides funding for library staff to attend library-related continuing education courses and training workshops on- or offsite, to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services, and to hire a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment.
Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants support projects to enhance existing library services or implement new library services to better serve the needs of Indian tribal communities and Alaska Native villages and corporations.
Native Hawaiian Library Services grants support enhancement and expansion of existing library services to the Native Hawaiian population.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of Federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage and increase civic participation.
In FY 07, the Native American Library Services grant program awarded a total of 251 grants. The Native Hawaiian Library Services grant program awarded one grant.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Native American Library Services Basic Grants are available to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services.
The Education/Assessment Option is supplemental to the Basic Grant and provides funding for library staff to attend library-related continuing education courses and training workshops on- or offsite; for library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services, and to hire a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment.
Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants and Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are available to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations and organizations serving and representing Native Hawaiians to enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly as they relate to the goals of the Library Services and Technology Act listed here: to expand 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; to develop library services that provide all users with access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks; to provide electronic and other linkages between and among all types of libraries; to develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations; to target library services to help increase access and ability to use information resources for individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills; and to target library and information services to help increase access and ability to use information resources for persons having difficulty using a library and for underserved urban and rural communities, including children from birth to age 17 from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget).
Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and corporations, and organizations primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians may apply.
Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and corporations, and organizations that serve and represent Native Hawaiians benefit.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
Aplication and Award Process
The standard application forms as furnished by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and required by OMB Circular No.
A-102 must be used for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
As part of the president's E-government initiative, the federal government developed Grants.gov, a single website for organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all 26 of the federal grant-making agencies. Beginning with the 2008 grant cycle, the Institute required all applicants to apply online through Grants.gov. Applicants who are unable to use Grants.gov should contact an IMLS program officer. The Institute no longer accepts mailed paper applications. For more information on the process of applying through Grants.gov, visit www.grants.gov/GetStarted.
Competitive proposals are reviewed by field and/or panel reviewers, staff, and the director.
Native American Library Services Basic Grants and Native American Library Services Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option: March 1. Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants: May 1. Native Hawaiian Library Services grants: May 15.
Museum and Library Services Act, codified at 20 U.S.C. Section 9101 et seq.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Three to four months.
Appeals may be made in writing to the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services may extend particular grants at the discretion of the director.
Formula and Matching Requirements
No matching funds required.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Native American Library Services Basic Grants, Basic Grants with Education/Assessment Option, and Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are for one year. Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants may run for a period of up to 24 months from the project start date.
Post Assistance Requirements
The Institute of Museum and Library Services requires final financial and narrative reports.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in federal awards are exempt from federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Grant recipients will be required to maintain standard financial statements.
(Grants) FY 07 $3,638,000; FY 08 $3,574,000; FY 09 est $3,717,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
See the IMLS website at www.imls.gov for the latest program data.
Regional or Local Office
Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street, N.W., Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20036-5802. Contact: Alison Freese, Telephone: (202) 653-4665, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
See program guidelines.