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Native American Library Services: Basic Grant Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)


    The Native American Library Services Basic Grant supports existing library operations and maintain core library services. In FY2019, each award under this program will support one of the following three goals of the IMLS Strategic Plan - Transforming Communities:

    • Promote Lifelong Learning: IMLS supports learning and literacy for people of all ages through museums and libraries.
    • Build Capacity: IMLS strengthens the capacity of museums and libraries to improve the well being of their communities.
    • Increase Public Access: IMLS makes strategic investments that increase access to information, ideas, and networks through libraries and museums

    The goal of the FY 2019 Native American Library Services Basic Grants Program is to support existing library operations and maintain core library services. The Native American Library Services Basic Grants Program no longer has a separate Education/Assessment Option. Funding 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 can be included in the Library Services Plan and the Budget.

    Successful Basic Grants support existing library operations and maintain core library services, particularly as they relate to the following goals in the Museum and Library Services Act.

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

    History of Funding

    Previously awarded grants can be seen at

    Additional Information

    To be eligible for this program, you must be able to document an existing library that meets, at a minimum, three basic criteria:

    • regularly scheduled hours,
    • staff, and
    • materials available for library users.

    No more than $3,000 of the $6,000 - $10,000 award may be allotted for education/assessment activities or travel. If an applicant does not include funding for education and assessment activities or travel, a grant request of $6,000 - $10,000 may still be requested.


    Sandra Toro (Libraries)

    Sandra Toro (Libraries)

    (202) 653-4662

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are 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.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by April 15, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.  

    Award Details

    Approximately $2,200,000 is available in total funding. Up to 220 awards will be granted. Award amounts vary. Awards range from $6,000 to $10,000. Project period is from August 1, 2020 July 31, 2021. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

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