Purpose of Grant: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (ILMS) wants to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in ways that meet the immediate and future Covid-19 needs of the community.
Project Period: September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022
Application Deadline: June 12, 2020 by 11:59 pm
Project Description: This grant supports projects that will create opportunities for museums and libraries to support positive socio-economic change now and in a future reopened environment. This can be through preserving jobs, staff training and development, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement, prioritizing our highest-need communities.
Indicators of successful projects include:
• High Impact: use existing datasets to develop responses to problems created or exacerbated by the Covid-19 and to measure their short- and medium-term effectiveness.
• Immediate Implementation: Adopts a timeline that will enable immediate engagement addressing specific needs of the community
• Shareable results: Generate services, practices, finding, models, tools, and/or partnerships that can be shared and have potential to be used or adapted by libraries in other communities throughout the nation.
Each award will support one of the following three goals:
1. Promote lifelong learning
2. Build capacity
3. Increase Public Access
Eligible Applicants: Eligible libraries include public, public school libraries, college and university libraries, research libraries, and other private or special libraries.