Washington, DC – November 28, 2007The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for the agency’s 2008 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. The deadline for submitting applications is February 1, 2008.

Now in their 10th year, National Leadership Grants have supported the innovative thinking necessary to help libraries and museums meet the changing needs of the American public.

This year’s guidelines encourage projects that create partnerships between libraries and museums, integrate new technologies, and highlight the agency’s focus on conservation and preservation.

The five funding categories include Advancing Digital Resources, Library and Museum Collaboration, Collaboration Planning Grants, Research Projects and Demonstration Projects.

Requests may range between $50,000 and $1,000,000. In addition, collaborative planning grants of $40,000 are available for projects involving more than one institution.

IMLS offers applicants an online tutorial at http://www.imls.gov/project_planning for developing a project plan for a NLG application. IMLS has also scheduled two audio-conference calls to give prospective applicants an opportunity to ask the IMLS staff questions pertaining to National Leadership Grants.

Date: Wednesday, December 12

Time: 4:00 PM EST

Participant Dial-In Number: 800-603-9527 Conference ID: 25777385

Date: Thursday, January 10

Time: 2:00 PM EST

Participant Dial-In Number: 800-603-9527 Conference ID: 25778593

Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found on the agency’s Web site. All applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Instructions for completing and submitting applications through Grants.gov are in the guidelines and on the IMLS Web site.

Awards will be announced in September 2008.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program officers listed below with their questions.

Program Contacts for Libraries:

Rachel Frick, Senior Program Officer

(Advancing Digital Resources, Research, Demonstration, Collaborative Planning Grants)

Phone: 202/653-4667

EMail: rfrick@imls.gov

Susan Malbin, Senior Program Officer

(Library and Museum Collaboration Grants, Research, Demonstration, Collaborative Planning Grants)

Phone: 202/653-4768

EMail: smalbin@imls.gov

Mary Allen, Program Specialist

(Advancing Digital Resources, Research, Demonstration, Collaborative Planning Grants)

Phone: 202/653-4687

EMail: mallen@imls.gov

Janet M. Ciciarelli, Program Specialist

(Library and Museum Collaboration Grants, Research, Demonstration, Collaborative Planning Grants)

Phone: 202/653-4798

EMail: jciciarelli@imls.gov

Program Contacts for Museums:

Dan Lukash, Senior Program Officer

Phone: 202/653-4644

EMail: dlukash@imls.gov

Jennifer Headley, Program Specialist

Phone: 202/653-4702

EMail: jheadley@imls.gov

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.

The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit http://www.imls.gov.

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