The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has a new funding opportunity for museums, libraries, and Native American and Native Hawaiian communities. This $15 million federal investment will provide support to address community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery. Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $10,000-$50,000.
Proposals may continue, enhance, or expand existing programs and services, or they may launch new ones to address emergent needs and unexpected hardships. Reflecting IMLS’s goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, successful projects for this grant program will:
- Advance digital inclusion through approaches that may include, but are not limited to, improving digital platforms, online services, connectivity (e.g., hotspots), and creating digital literacy programs, as well as creating new processes and procedures needed to sustain a robust online environment.
- Support hiring new staff and training or retraining existing staff to ensure a workforce that has the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities.
- Build community-focused partnerships, networks, and alliances with organizations with an emphasis on complementing, rather than duplicating, resources and services.
- Support the creation and delivery of online and in-person educational, interpretive, and experiential programs and exhibitions for learners of all ages.
- Provide trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue to foster recovery and rebuilding.
- Support efforts to collect, preserve, manage, and interpret documentary sources and tangible objects representing all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic experience.