University of Southern California


NLG-SI-CC-FY18: Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative, Institutes of Museum and Library Services

Slots:                                                     1             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        N/A       

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:


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Link to Award:                         

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.


There are five areas of interest within this special initiative. Your project should align with one or more of them.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.