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Accelerating Promising Practices (APP) for Small Libraries

Grants to USA Libraries, Agencies, Schools,
and Nonprofits for Rural Library Improvements

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Conf. Date:

09/12/19

Deadline Date:

12/02/19 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to USA and territories libraries, agencies, schools, and nonprofits for improvements to rural and small libraries. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for enhancements of school libraries at all educational levels, improving digital access and education at libraries, and engaging communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities.

IMLS’ Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goal of this initiative is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on transforming  K-12 school library practice, community memory, or digital inclusion and are clearly linked to an individual institution's broader community needs.

Given the initiative’s focus on capacity-building, expenses for supplies, materials, and equipment may not exceed 30% of the total funds requested.

For successful project indicators and program goals, see the following link:

https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-ols-app-nofo.pdf#page=4

Project Categories:

  • Transforming School Library Practice
  • Community Memory
  • Digital Inclusion

For more information about project categories, see the following link:

https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-ols-app-nofo.pdf#page=6

The following list includes some examples of generally allowable costs, both for IMLS funds and for cost share (if applicable), under this announcement:

  • Personnel salaries, wages, and fringe benefits
  • Travel expenses for key project staff and consultants
  • Materials, supplies, software, and equipment related directly to project activities
  • Equipment to improve collections storage and exhibit environments
  • Third-party costs
  • Publication design and printing
  • Staff and volunteer training
  • Internships/fellowships
  • Indirect or overhead costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184904

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,250,000

Number of Grants:

30

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amount: $10,000 – $50,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin on September 1, 2020.

Anticipated period of performance: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022. Project activities will be carried out for two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible as an applicant for the Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries Initiative, you must:
- Be either a unit of State or local government or be a private, nonprofit institution that has nonprofit status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, and
- Be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.

In addition, you must be one of the following six types of organizations:

(1) A library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a State agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library. Eligible libraries include:
- Public libraries;
- Public elementary and secondary school libraries;
- College (including community college) and university libraries;
- Research libraries and archives that are not an integral part of an institution of higher education and that make publicly available library services and materials that are suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available. Research libraries must be under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian and must be either generally recognized as possessing unique, scholarly research materials and services that are made available to the public, or able to demonstrate that such is the case when submitting an application to IMLS;
- Private or other special library, but only if the State in which such private or special library is located determines that the library should be considered a library for the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter (see 20 U.S.C. 9121-9165);

(2) A digital library, if it makes library materials publicly available and provides library services, including selection, organization, description, reference, and preservation, under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian;

(3) A library agency that is an official agency of a State or other unit of government and is charged by the law governing it with the extension and development of public library services within its jurisdiction;

Native American tribal organizations may apply if they otherwise meet the above eligibility requirements.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Due date: Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on December 2, 2019.

Anticipated Date of Notification of Award Decisions: July 2020 (subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion)

While cost sharing is not considered in the peer review of applications, inclusion of cost share supports organizational investment in and commitment to the project.

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® number (a unique entity identifier), System for Award Management (SAM.gov) registration, and Grants.gov registration. Check your materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

The multi-step Grants.gov registration process generally cannot be completed in a single day. If you are not already registered, you should allow several weeks before the grant program deadline to complete this one-time process. Do not wait until the day of the application deadline to register.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320100

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

FAQ:
https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/faq-accelerating-promising-practices-small-libraries

Pre-application webinar:
https://www.imls.gov/webinars/fy-2020-accelerating-promising-practices-small-libraries-pre-application-webinar

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and Apply on Grants.gov:
https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=310610&origin=vgo-apply

Community Memory contact:
Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer
sfuller@imls.gov
202-653-4783

Data Inclusion contact:
James Neal, Senior Program Officer
jneal@imls.gov
202-653-4740

School Libraries contact:
Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer
tcarrigan@imls.gov
202-653-4639

CFDA Number:

45.312

Funding or Pin Number:

APP-FY20

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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