Sparks! Ignition grants available to libraries, apply now!

Application deadline is February 1, 2016

IMLS is accepting applications now for its 2016 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries.

IMLS is accepting applications now for its 2016 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries.

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

The funding range is from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2016. Click here for program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity.

Make sure you identify a specific problem or need that is relevant to many libraries and/or archives and propose a testable and measurable solution. And 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, among other requirements.

Getting Your Questions Answered; Two Webinars in January

IMLS staff members are available by phone and e-mail to discuss general issues relating to the Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries program. You are also invited to participate in one of two IMLS webinars to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

The webinars are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. EST; and
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at 2 p.m. EST.

See grant program guidelines for additional webinar details.

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About Nancy Gravatt

Nancy Gravatt was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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