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Native Hawaiian Library Services Grant

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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)


    Native Hawaiian grants are competitive grants available to carry out activities, described in 20 U.S.C. 9141, that enhance existing library services or implement new library services. Native Hawaiian grants are competitive grants available to carry out activities that enhance existing library services or implement new library services. Project categories include:

    • Preservation and Revitalization: Preservation and Revitalization projects focus on the preservation and revitalization of Native Hawaiian language and culture through use of efficient and effective strategies and incorporation of strategic partnerships. Activities include preservation of content of unique and specific value to the community, following established best practices and standards.
    • Educational Programming: Educational Programming projects include programs for library patrons and community-based users related to a specific topic or content area through development, implementation and evaluation of classes, events, tools, resources, and/or other services. Emphasis should be placed on the needs of learners and appropriate teaching and facilitation approaches and curriculum development.
    • Digital Services: Digital Services projects feature activities dedicated to the establishment and refinement of digital services and programs related to infrastructure, platforms, and technology, in general. Proposals for digitization projects should include plans for preservation of and access to the resulting digital objects and/or implementing digital library tools to provide services to Native Hawaiian communities.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    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. § 200.87)
    • pre-award costs


    Sandra Toro (Libraries)

    Sandra Toro (Libraries)

    (202) 653-4662

  • Eligibility Details

    Native Hawaiian Library Services grants are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians (as the term is defined in 20 U.S.C. § 7517). The term "Native Hawaiian" refers to an individual who is a citizen of the United States and a descendant of the aboriginal people who, before 1778, occupied and exercised sovereignty in the area that now comprises the State of Hawaii.

    Deadline Details

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

    Award Details

    Approximately $550,000 is available in total funding. Up to 5 awards will be granted. Awards range from $10,000 to $150,000. Cost sharing is not required for this program.

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