New IMLS Grant Aims to “Spark” STEM Programming in America’s Libraries

MALF’s Evy Nordley Award exists to reward innovation and replicability in Friends of the Library projects. We have something of a kindred spirit in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a key source of federal support for America’s 123,000+ libraries and 17,500+ museums.

imls.jpgNow through February 3, IMLS is currently accepting applications for its “Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries” program. Sparks! allocates amounts ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to libraries willing to develop, prototype, and evaluate innovations that “result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices.” The Institute believes that these kick-starters enable grantees to undertake otherwise impractical activities that involve risk and – whether they succeed or fail – provide valuable information to the greater library field.

It’s as broad as that, and there are no matching requirements!

Friends of the Library may not submit an application independent of their library. However, Friends involvement is often a key component behind the success of library applicants. The best project proposals will address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning needs in all age brackets. Click here for a complete run-down of eligibility requirements.

Programs green lit with a Sparks! grant must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2014.