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IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries

Grants to USA Libraries and Museums
to Adapt to COVID-19 Community Needs

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Deadline Date:

06/12/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories libraries and museums for projects to allow the facilities to operate under Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic safety guidelines. Funding is intended for staff training, technology equipment costs, and other project costs to meet the changing service needs of the community.

The IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries grant program invites project proposals that focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement while prioritizing services for high-need communities. Efforts to develop programs, tools, models, partnerships, and other resources that will address immediate concerns and have the potential to inspire and benefit museums and libraries throughout the nation are encouraged.

Indicators (characteristics) of successful projects in the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries grant program are as follows: 

  • High Impact: The project will use appropriate existing datasets to develop responses to problems created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 public health emergency and to measure their short and medium-term effectiveness.
  • Immediate Implementation: The project adopts a timeline that will enable immediate engagement addressing specific needs of the community and target audiences.
  • Shareable Results: The project will generate services, practices, findings, models, tools, and/or partnerships that can be shared and have the potential to be used or adapted by museums and libraries in other communities throughout the nation.

Project Categories:  https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-cag-ml-nofo.pdf#page=5

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
  • third-party costs
  • publication design and printing
  • training for staff and volunteers
  • internships/fellowships
  • indirect or overhead costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190072

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$13,800,000

Number of Grants:

90

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amount: $25,000-$500,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin on September 1, 2020.
Anticipated period of performance: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022. Project activities may be carried out for up to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an award under the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries Notice of Funding Opportunity, you must meet the eligibility requirements of a Museum Entity or a Library Entity as outlined below.

To be eligible as a Museum or Library Entity, you must be an organization that meets the following criteria:
1. You must be either a unit of State, local, or tribal government or be a private, nonprofit organization that has tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;
2. You must 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.

Additional Museum Entity Eligibility Guidelines:
https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-cag-ml-nofo.pdf#page=8

Additional Library Entity Eligibility Guidelines:
https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-cag-ml-nofo.pdf#page=9

Funding Restrictions:
https://www.imls.gov/sites/default/files/fy20-cag-ml-nofo.pdf#page=20

Pre-Application Information:

Submit through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time on June 12, 2020.

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

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) 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.

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

View a recorded webinar to learn more about the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries: https://www.imls.gov/webinars/imls-cares-act-grants-museums-and-libraries

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326933

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

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

Christopher J. Reich
Chief Administrator, Office of Museum Services
creich@imls.gov
202-653-4685

Anthony D. Smith
Associate Deputy Director, Office of Library Services
asmith@imls.gov
202-653-4716

CFDA Number:

45.312

Funding or Pin Number:

CAG-ML-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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