NLG-SI-CC-FY18: Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative, Institutes of Museum and Library Services
Internal Deadline: Contact the Office of Research if interested.
External Deadline: May 14, 2018, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time
Award Information: Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 15
Anticipated Amount: $25,000–$150,000, 1:1 cost share required
Submission Process: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants
Materials to submit:
- Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- CV – (5 pages maximum)
Who May Serve as PI: Library Entity, Museum Entity, Community Entity, or Institution of Higher Education and other entities that advance the museum and library fields and that meet the eligibility criteria set forth in the NOFO may apply.
The goal of the National Leadership Grant Programs (NLG) is to support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields and have the potential to advance theory and practice. Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets is a special NLG initiative with the goal of examining how LAMs can work with their communities to leverage their unique abilities to affect positive community change. Successful projects will demonstrate how LAMs can provide trusted spaces for, and learn from, ongoing community dialog to facilitate the discovery of mutual understanding and shared goals among individuals.
Successful projects can encompass various components of initiating community work—including identifying the community opportunity and need, increasing collective understanding of the issues, and generating viable ideas for solutions—that are appropriate to the applicant’s community context. Proposed activities should demonstrate a likelihood that the project will lay the groundwork for a breakthrough in addressing a community opportunity that is more effective, equitable, or sustainable than existing approaches, and will have the potential to enhance the quality of LAM services nationwide.
Overall, for this Notice of Funding Opportunity, we are seeking inclusive, collaborative, and resourceful projects that will pursue collective solutions to a community challenge and that can enhance the quality of LAM services nationwide.
- Inclusive: meaningfully engaging key stakeholders by thoughtfully identifying those needed to create the intended change and, whenever possible, including those directly affected by the problem
- Collaborative: a true joint effort, with museums, libraries, and other partners willing to share ownership and decision making as they pursue a vision for change together
- Resourceful: using existing resources and assets creatively to make the most of what already exists in a community
There are five areas of interest within this special initiative. Your project should align with one or more of them.
- Adaptable Models for Joint Efforts to Engage and Serve a Local Community
- Broadening Reach into New Communities with Existing and Potential Partners
- Community Buy-in and Asset Mapping
- Sharing Findings and Project Evaluation
- Opportunities to Link with Economic Development Efforts
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.