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Tag Archives: grants
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013
Amount: $10,000 – $25,000
Awarding institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants program. These small grants encourage libraries, museums, and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.
Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries, museums, and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible.
To maximize the public benefit from federal investments in these grants, the Sparks Grants will fund only projects with the following characteristics:
Broad Potential Impact—You should identify a specific problem or need that is relevant to many libraries, archives, and/or museums, and propose a testable and measurable solution. Proposals must demonstrate a thorough understanding of current issues and practices in the project’s focus area and discuss its potential impact within libraries, archives, and/or museums. Proposed innovations should be widely adoptable or adaptable.
Significant Innovation—The proposed solution to the identified problem must offer strong potential for non-incremental, significant advancement in the operation of libraries, archives, and/or museums. You must explain how the proposed activity differs from current practices or takes advantage of an unexplored opportunity, and the potential benefit to be gained by this innovation.
Eligibility: Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. Museums that fulfill the general criteria for museums may apply. Public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may also apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities, are eligible.
For more information: http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=19
National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Implementation Grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.
This program is designed to fund the implementation of innovative digital-humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field. Such projects might enhance our understanding of central problems in the humanities, raise new questions in the humanities, or develop new digital applications and approaches for use in the humanities. The program can support innovative digital-humanities projects that address multiple audiences, including scholars, teachers, librarians, and the public. Applications from recipients of NEH’s Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants are welcome.
Unlike NEH’s start-up grant program, which emphasizes basic research, prototyping, experimentation, and potential impact, the Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program seeks to identify projects that have successfully completed their start-up phase and are well positioned to have a major impact.
Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Implementation Grants may involve
- implementation of computationally-based methods or techniques for humanities research;
- implementation of new digital tools for use in humanities research, public programming, or educational settings;
- efforts to ensure the completion and long-term sustainability of existing digital resources (typically in conjunction with a library or archive);
- studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; or
- implementation of new digital modes of scholarly communication that facilitate peer review, collaboration, or the dissemination of humanities scholarship for various audiences.
Successful projects must make digital innovations and be significant to the humanities.
Closing date for applications: January 23, 2013
For more information, visit http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-implementation-grants.
National Endowment for the Humanities America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities.
Grants support the following formats:
- exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues;
- interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions;
- book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and
- interpretive websites.
NEH offers two categories of grants for America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations:
- Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.
- Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, and audience evaluation.
Closing date for applications: January 9, 2013
For more information, visit http://www.neh.gov/grants/ahco.
October 1, 2012, is the deadline for Nebraska Arts Council-funded projects that will take place between January 1 and June 30, 2013 :
- Artists in Schools/Communities (AiSC) Sponsor Grants for OVER $2,500
- Arts Project Grants (APG)
- Arts Learning Project Grants (ALG)
Nebraska organizations (which may include library Friends and Foundation groups, public libraries, and schools) may apply for NAC funding if they:
- are incorporated as a nonprofit organization, and are physically located in the State of Nebraska, with articles of incorporation on file and current in the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office; OR they are a subdivision of government, school, or religious organization with appropriate legal status.
- have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).
- have received federal tax-exempt status. Religious organizations, schools, and divisions of government must submit a copy of the sales tax exemption certificate from the State Department of Revenue.
Using the same criteria the grant panelists use, NAC staff members can review your application and offer advice on presenting a complete, well-prepared, and clearly presented application that includes an accurate and realistic budget; review your support materials; and will review your application as a whole to help make your proposal as competitive as it can be. In order for them to have time to review the draft of your application—and for you to then have time to make any recommended changes before the deadline—staff ask that you contact them no later than Wednesday, September 19.
- For Arts Learning Projects and Artists in Schools/Communities grants, contact Anne Alston, email@example.com, 402-595-2122
- For Arts Project grants to underserved communities, contact Deborah Bunting, firstname.lastname@example.org, 402-595-3940
- For Arts Project grants, contact Mike Markey, email@example.com, 402-595-3935
- If you don’t know which category is the best fit, or for general grant questions, contact Nicole Van Zante, firstname.lastname@example.org, 402-595-2124
Before beginning your application, NAC encourages you to review the NAC’s Eligibility Criteria. You are also encouraged to watch the NAC Grants Info Tutorial YouTube video , which provides a 13-minute overview of the NAC’s grant programs. For more detail about the various grant categories, please visit the Grants Information section of the NAC website.
NAC is also hosting several “NAC Good Grantsmanship” workshops in Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha leading up to the October 1 project grant deadline. These workshops, conducted by NAC staff members, will provide specifics on writing competitive applications for NAC funding. The sessions are free of charge, will last approximately 1.5 hours, and will include time for questions and answers. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. A list of dates, times, and locations can be found below.
- Tues., Aug. 28th, 12pm – Merryman Performing Arts Center, Kearney
- Thurs., Aug. 30th, 1pm – Nebraska Arts Council Conference Room, Omaha
- Wed., Sept. 5th, 1pm – International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln
- Thurs., Sept. 6th, 5:30pm – Nebraska Arts Council Conference Room, Omaha
To register for one of these workshops, click here and click on the date on the NAC Calendar.
Please note that all October 1 grant applications are submitted via eGrant. NAC recommends that first time eGrant users download the eGrant User Guide and watch the 15-minute eGrant Online Tutorial YouTube video before starting an application in eGrant.
Floating deadlines for other grants (funding availability for grants varies):
- 6-12 Weeks Prior: Mini Grants
- At least 6 Weeks Prior: Artists in Schools/Communities (AiSC) Sponsor Grants UNDER $2,500; Nebraska Touring Program Sponsor Grants (NTP)
Closing Date for Applications: September 24, 2012;
Award Amount: Up to $500,000;
Issuing agency: Institue of Museum and Library Services;
Project Types: Community Engagement, Formal Education, Informal Learning, Partnerships, Professional Development/Continuing Education, Research
Institutions: Archives, Federally Recognized Native American Tribe, Historical Society, Library, Nonprofits that serve Native Hawaiians, Professional Association, Regional Organization, State Library Administrative Agency, State or Local Government, Public or Private Non-profit Institutions of Higher Education
Informational webinars: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 3:00-4:00 (EDT); Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 3:00-4:00 (EDT)
The Institue of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program invests in the nation’s information infrastructure by funding projects designed to address the education and training needs of the professionals who help build, maintain, and provide public access to the world’s wide-ranging information systems and sources. In 2013, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will support projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and archivists, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and archivists. This grant program is especially interested in developing information professionals who can help manage the burgeoning data generated by the nation’s researchers, serve as stewards of the nation’s cultural legacy, and meet the information needs of the underserved. The program also seeks to help librarians develop the information and digital literacy of their communities, as well as other critical skills their users will need to be successful in the 21st century. This program addresses the field’s need to advance the work of new faculty in library and information science by supporting an early career development program for untenured, tenure-track faculty. Research conducted under the early careers program should be in the faculty member’s particular research area and is not restricted to research on the profession.
The primary goal of this grant program is to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the library and archives workforce to meet the information needs of the nation. Five project categories of grants are featured in FY 2013. The goals of each LB21 project category are described here:
- Doctoral Programs
- Master’s Programs
- Early Career Development
- Programs to Build Institutional Capacity
- Continuing Education
Regardless of the project category you choose, you must also decide which of the following funding categories you want to apply for:
- Project Grants — Amount of grant: $50,000 to $500,000.
- Collaborative Planning Grants — Amount of grant: Up to $50,000
In all project and funding categories, if your application has a recruitment component, you should address ways to 1.bring to the profession skills required to enhance library and/or archives services; and2.broaden participation in the library profession, including but not limited to members of traditionally underserved groups and communities We encourage proposals that seek to increase the ability of librarians to provide programs and services relating to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across all categories.
Details are available at http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=9.
U.S. Department of Education Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grants — Applications due Aug. 10, 2012
Closing Date for Applications: August 10, 2012
The IAL program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade within the attendance boundaries of high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to support innovative programs that promote early literacy for young children, motivate older children to read, and increase student achievement by using school libraries, distributing free books to children and their families, and offering high-quality literacy activities.
The Department will award no less than 50 percent of FY 2012 funds to applications from LEAs (on behalf of school libraries) for high-quality school library projects that increase access to a wide range of literacy resources (either print or electronic) and provide learning opportunities to all students.
Absolute priority: The IAL program supports the implementation of high-quality plans for childhood literacy activities and book distribution efforts that are supported by at least one study that meets the definition of scientifically valid research (as defined in the notice).
Proposed projects under the IAL program, based on those plans, may include, among other things, activities that—
Increase access to a wide range of literacy resources (either print or electronic) that prepare young children to read, and provide learning opportunities to all participating students;
Provide high-quality childhood literacy activities with meaningful opportunities for parental engagement, including encouraging parents to read books often with their children in their early years of school and of life, and teaching parents how to use literacy resources effectively;
Strengthen literacy development across academic content areas by providing a wide range of literacy resources spanning a range of both complexity and content (including both literature and informational text) to effectively support reading and writing;
Offer appropriate educational interventions for all readers with support from school libraries or not-for-profit organizations;
Foster collaboration and joint professional development opportunities for teachers, school leaders, and school library personnel with a focus on using literacy resources effectively to support reading and writing and academic achievement. For example, an approach to professional development within the IAL program might be collaboration between library and school personnel to plan subject-specific pedagogy that is differentiated based on each student’s developmental level and is supported by universal design for learning (as defined in this notice), technology, and other educational strategies; and
Provide resources to support literacy-rich academic and enrichment activities and services aligned with State college- and career-ready academic content standards and the comprehensive statewide literacy plan (SLP) (as defined in the notice).
Competitive preference priorities:
- Turning Around Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools
- Improving Early Learning Outcomes
- Serving Rural LEAs
A synopsis of this grant opportunity is available at http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=183113.
The full announcement is accessible at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/07/11/2012-16930/applications-for-new-awards-innovative-approaches-to-literacy-program#h-3 or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-11/pdf/2012-16930.pdf. The official version of this document is published in the Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 133, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Notices).
Closing Date for Applications: September 25, 2012
Award Amount: Up to $100,000
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities:
- planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets;
- scholarship that focuses on the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society;
- scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines;
- innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and
- new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.
Details are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-start-grants.
Deadline for applications: July 15, 2012
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with The Library of America, is now accepting applications from libraries and National Park historic sites for grants to develop public programming around the free traveling panel exhibition Civil War 150. The exhibition is part of Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, a major three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is centered on the four-volume Library of America series The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It and includes a collection of readers (discussion guides) drawn from the series.
Fifty sites selected by competitive application to host the Civil War 150 exhibition will each be awarded a grant of $1,000 to plan accompanying public programming. The exhibition is available for three-week periods from October 2012 to March 2015. Hosting sites will also receive supporting interpretive and contextual materials, including the Civil War 150 readers and access to a multimedia website with robust digital resources. Public, academic, and special libraries as well as National Park historic sites are invited to submit applications for the public programming grants and exhibition. The application deadline is July 15, 2012. To apply, please visit www.gilderlehrman.org/civilwar150grant .
Closing Date for Applications: August 15, 2012
Award Amount: Up to $100,000
National Endowment for the Humanities Historical and Cultural Organizations Planning and Implementation Grants support the following formats:
- exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues;
- interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions;
- book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; and other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and
- interpretive websites.
Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, and audience evaluation. Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.
Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.
All projects should:
- build on sound humanities scholarship;
- deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions;
- involve a team of humanities scholars in all phases of development and implementation;
- appeal to broad audiences;
- approach a subject analytically and interpretively through an appropriate variety of perspectives; and
- encourage dialogue and discussion.
Details are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/ahco.
Closing Date for Applications: June 15, 2012
Award Amount: Up to $100,000
Issuing agency: Institue of Museum and Library Services
Grants for Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums will support planning and design activities for spaces that foster experimentation and creativity for middle- and high-school youth in library- and museum-based, out-of-school-time settings. The labs should be grounded in evidence-based research on youth, and should be designed to support youth learning in such 21st century skills as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). These grants will enable grantees to develop comprehensive plans for programs, space, staffing, and budgeting for their Learning Labs. The awards may also be used to prototype certain lab activities or experiences. In addition, the grants may be used to support emerging learning labs that are already in the process of serving middle- and high-school youth with innovative digital media and learning and need additional funds to enhance their efforts, provided that they are aligned with the grant program criteria.
Eligibility: To be eligible as a library applicant for a Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums, you must: •be either a unit of State or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code. •be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and •qualify as one of the following six types of organizations: a library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a state agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library. Eligible libraries include public libraries, public elementary and secondary school libraries, college and university libraries, research libraries and archives that are not an integral part of an institution of higher education and that make publicly available library services and materials that are suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available. Private or special libraries that have been deemed eligible to participate in this program by the State in which the library is located; an academic or administrative unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science that is part of an institution of higher education through which it would make application; a library agency that is an official agency of a State or other unit of government and is charged by the law governing it with the extension and development of public library services within its jurisdiction; a library consortium that is a local, statewide, regional, interstate, or international cooperative association of library entities that provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources of eligible libraries, as defined above, and information centers that work to improve the services delivered to the clientele of these libraries; or a library association that exists on a permanent basis, serves libraries or library professionals on a national, regional, state, or local level, and engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of libraries and the library profession.
Details are available at http://www.imls.gov/applicants/detail.aspx?GrantId=20.
National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions – applications due May 1, 2012
Closing Date for Applications: May 1, 2012
Award Amount: Up to $6,000
National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.
Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities that are the focus of their projects. Within the conservation field, for example, conservators usually specialize in the care of specific types of collections, such as objects, paper, or paintings. Applicants should therefore choose a conservator whose specialty is appropriate for the nature of their collections. Similarly, when assessing the preservation needs of archival holdings, applicants must seek a consultant specifically knowledgeable about archives and preservation. Because the organization and the preservation of archival collections must be approached in tandem, an archival consultant should also provide advice about the management and processing needs of such holdings as part of a preservation assessment that includes long-term plans for the arrangement and description of archival collections.
Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply.
Preservation Assistance Grants may be used for:
- General preservation assessments
- Consultations with professionals to address a specific preservation issue, need, or problem
- Purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies
- Purchase of environmental monitoring equipment for humanities collections
- Education and training
Applicants may combine two or more elements of the project types listed above in a single application. For example, an applicant may request funds for a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment and an on-site preservation workshop for the institution’s staff. In such cases, the consultant’s letter of commitment should fully describe both proposed activities and the associated fees.
NEH grants may support consultant fees, workshop registration fees, travel and per diem expenses, and the costs of purchasing and shipping preservation supplies and equipment.
Details are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions.
Thanks to a 21st Century Librarian grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, five scholarship students will attend the Public Library Association 2012 Conference March 13–17 in Philadelphia through the scholarship stipend program.
The Nebraska Library Commission’s 21st Century Librarian scholarship program is not just about paying for Nebraska students’ tuition, fees, and books. It’s about enhancing the students’ educational experiences and helping prepare them for a successful library career. Stipends are payments for use toward approved, scholarship-related expenses in addition to their scholarship awards. Stipend opportunities include the purchase of a laptop computer, attendance at one library-related national or regional conference, and membership in one library-related professional association.
Upon return, students are expected to report on their experiences, by posting on the Nebraska Librarians Learning Together Facebook page, and by presenting during live webinars and conference presentations. And, watch for live updates from the students during the conference by reading their posts the Facebook wall.
For more information about Nebraska’s Cultivating Rural Librarians’ 21st Century Skills program, see NowHiringAtYourLibrary.org.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
Posted Date: Feb 29, 2012
Closing Date for Applications: May 02, 2012
Award Amount: Varies
NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly.
Applications are welcome from colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities.
- State governments County governments
- City or township governments
- Special district governments
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Private institutions of higher education
- Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
NEH welcomes proposals that respond to NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States. International programs might seek to enlarge Americans’ understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. American programs might explore the great variety of cultural influences on, and myriad subcultures within, American society. These programs might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.
Details are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/challenge.html.
The latest issue of Programming Librarian includes a great list of “Library Awards and Grants by Deadline.” Even if you’re not ready to write a grant now, it could be worth it to know about the grant opportunities that are out there.
And if you’d like some examples of interesting grant proposals that have been funded lately, the article in the February 1 American Libraries Direct about the projects that 16 public libraries across the coutry proposed and had funded–for 1.2 million dollars–by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, provide inspiration.
The Nebraska Library Commission’s 21st Century Librarian Internship Grant application deadline has been extended from February 15, 2012, to March 1, 2012.