Washington, DC–The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for the 2007 Native American Library Services Basic Grants. The previously published deadline of March 1, 2007 has been moved to March 15, 2007.

Native American Library Services Basic Grants are available to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services. Applicants may choose to apply for the Education/Assessment Option in conjunction with the Basic Grant. This option provides funding for staff participation in library-related continuing education courses, training workshops, and conferences; or for the hiring of a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment.

The grants are designed to help Native American libraries overcome many of the challenges they face and improve services to their communities. The Institute encourages libraries to use technology to bring information to people in new and interesting ways. At the same time, these grants support a range of traditional library services to ensure that users have access to all the kinds of information they need and want. Grant funds may be used to improve services to underserved communities and to persons who have difficulty using a library. They may also be used to establish or enhance electronic linkages with other libraries and service organizations, to promote the use of electronic networks, and to encourage the sharing of resources within and among communities. In 2006, the Institute made Basic Grants to 232 American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages.

Applicants may apply on paper or online through Grants.gov. More information, including guidelines and the application, can be found at www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/nativeAmerican.shtm.

Awards will be announced in June 2007.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a “Nation of Learners” because lifelong learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convenings, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: www.imls.gov.

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