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Apply Today for an MLIS Sparks! Ignition Innovation Grant

IMLS_Logo2.jpgLibraries work tirelessly to meet the changing needs of their public. Unfortunately, tight budgets across the country leave little room for innovative experimentation. If your library has a promising service improvement in mind but lacks the money to implement it, the Institute of Museum and Library Services wants to help.

The federal agency, through its Sparks! Ignition program, is providing grants to support the deployment, testing and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services and organizational practices.

Public libraries of all sizes are eligible to apply, as are most institutions of higher education (including public and nonprofit universities). Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries everywhere. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible. Projects should have broad potential impact and significant innovation.

Grant amounts vary. Click here to learn more. Entries must be received by February 2