Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports professional development, graduate education and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop the human capital capacity they need to meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Fiscal Year 2015
30 awards made in FY15.
Museum and Library Services Act (20 USC CHAPTER 72).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicants that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply for Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Program. For more information about eligibility requirements, visit http://www.imls.gov/applicants/eligibility_criteria.aspx. See program guidelines for special conditions of eligibility for this program.
Libraries and institutions of higher education. Through activities and projects funded, beneficiaries include the general public.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR Part 200 applies to this program. As part of the president's E-government initiative, the federal government developed Grants.gov, a single Web site for organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all 26 of the federal grant-making agencies. Beginning with the 2008 grant cycle, the Institute required all applicants to apply online through Grants.gov. Applicants who are unable to use Grants.gov should contact an IMLS program officer. The Institute no longer accepts mailed paper applications. For more information on the process of applying through Grants.gov, visit www.grants.gov/GetStarted.
Proposals are reviewed by field and/or panel reviewers, staff, and the director.
September 15, 2014 Deadline for first round of Preliminary Proposals September 15, 2015; Full Proposals (by invitation only); Deadline for first round of Full Proposals January 15, 2016. Deadline for second round of Preliminary Proposals February 2016; Full Proposals (by invitation only); Deadline for second round of Full Proposals April 2016.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately six months.
Appeals may be made in writing to the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services may extend particular grants at the discretion of the director.
How are proposals selected?
See Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Consult the current funding opportunities, guidelines, or program announcements for complete information (www.imls.gov). Grant funds must be used for the purposes outlined in the relevant guidelines or program announcement, and in accordance with the Institute of Museum and Library Services General Terms and Conditions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
Grant recipients will be required to maintain standard financial statements and project records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Awards will not exceed $1,000,000 and grants submitted under most categories must be matched one-to-one, excluding student support. Cost sharing is not expected for Research Grants, Early Career Development Grants, or for applications for grants under $250,000, and will not be considered in the review of the application. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects may be carried out over a period of 36 months, except for doctoral program projects, which may be up to 48 months. Direct payments for a specialized use upon request.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-653-4662; Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer, email@example.com, 202-653-4639; and Trevor Owens, Senior Program Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-653-4654.
Mary Alice Ball
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW
Washington, DC 20024 US
(Project Grants) FY 16 est $10,500,000.00; FY 15$10,000,000.00; FY 17 est $10,000,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Between $50,000 and $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See the IMLS website at www.imls.gov for the latest program data.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015
Visit the IMLS website at www.imls.gov to search awarded grants.Fiscal Year 2016
Visit the IMLS website at www.imls.gov to search awarded grants.