IMLS announces Sparks! Ignition library grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries, a small grants program that encourage libraries and archives to prototype and evaluate innovations that result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices.

Photo by Cushing Library Holy Names University

Photo by Cushing Library Holy Names University via Flickr

The grants enable grantees to undertake activities that involve risk and require them to share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities.

Libraries may qualify for $10,000 to $25,000 in small grants, and there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015. Learn more about program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity. The application deadline is February 2, 2015.

Have questions? IMLS staff members are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to the Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries program. Library staff members are encouraged to participate in a webinar to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 4 p.m. ET. See grant program guidelines for additional webinar details.

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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