Funding

Federal Dollars on the Line for State Library Programs

Stuffed llama stands on a pile of money.

Ask Your Members of Congress to Help Bring the Bucks Home while They’re at Home It’s “appropriations” season again in Washington. That time every year when the President submits a budget to Congress and, in theory at least, Congress drafts and votes on bills to federally fund everything from llama farming to, well, libraries. Nevermind where llamas get their cash, ... Read More »

New funding opportunities for libraries

Credit: Rocky Lubbers

FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Washington, DC — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the second cycle of FY 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). The NLG program will invest in projects ... Read More »

Spending bill a win for library funding, loss on cybersecurity

A Judge's gavel on a white background.

Library Funding: Libraries Receive Welcome Funding Increases: Congress moved quickly, and surprisingly easily, to pass the $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending package Friday, which the President is expected to sign promptly. As reported earlier this week, libraries received welcome funding increases for both Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). The House passed the measure in ... Read More »

Sparks! Ignition grants available to libraries, apply now!

IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries is accepting applications.

Application deadline is February 1, 2016 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 ... Read More »

Library funding receives boosts in compromise budget agreement

Coins spill out of a glass jar

Late last night, Congress announced its proposed FY16 budget agreement detailing funding levels for the Federal government through September 2016, which includes increases for key library programs and allows implementation of the Federal Communications Commission Open Internet Order to go forward.  House Speaker Ryan also sneaked in a cybersecurity rider that ALA strongly opposes. In an action alert, we call ... Read More »