Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative


With this notice, the Library of Congress invites education-focused organizations knowledgeable about teaching about and/or creating music and other creative arts to apply for 12-month grants, of up to $100,000 each, to develop digitally-enabled learning initiatives for secondary education based on creative arts drive instructions, especially focused on music, in history, civics and democracy.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Library of Congress
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Division 1 – Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2023
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible Applicants must be education-focused organizations knowledgeable about teaching about and/or creating music and other creative arts-based materials, public or private organizations, both not-for profit and for-profit organizations including institutions of higher education, K-12 school districts, professional associations, library systems, museums, cultural institutions, state agencies, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and other educational entities; based in any of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, territories, and commonwealths (Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands); and must propose a project that must be conducted within the United States or U.S. commonwealth or territory.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
To receive an award from the Library, successful applicants will need to be registered in a federal system that supports the payment process. Applicants can either register on SAM.gov. We may not make a Federal award to an applicant that has not completed the SAM.gov registration. If an applicant selected for funding has not completed their SAM.gov registration by the time the program is ready to make an award, the program may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive an award. The program can use that determination as a basis for making an award to another applicant. There is no cost to register with SAM.gov. There are third-party vendors who will charge a fee in exchange for registering entities with SAM.gov; please be aware you can register and request help for free. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
The resulting award from this NOFO will be administered in accordance with the Library of Congress' Regulation, LCR 7-310, and policies contained in 2 CFR 200.
Deadlines for this award will be included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The purpose of this notice is to identify awardee organizations that will design and implement digitally-enabled educational products in which the Library’s music or creative arts-focused primary sources and other online materials are central to teaching and learning. Awards made under the Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative must use rights-free materials from the Library’s vast collections of music and creative arts-related resources to develop curriculum, teaching materials, and tools for history, civic and democracy instruction targeted toward high school students. Funded projects will support the Library’s mission to use its collections to connect with all Americans, including those representing diverse communities, beliefs and endeavors to engage, inspire and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
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.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 12 months. The grantee must prepare and submit invoices electronically to the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) at www.ipp.gov. The recipient may submit payment requests using other than electronic means only when alternate procedures are authorized by the Grants Officer in writing. Assistance is available via the IPP Help Desk via email at: ippcustomersupport@fiscal.treasury.gov or by commercial telephone at (866) 973-3131. Invoices shall contain the information required in the grant. Successful applicants will be required to submit an SF-270 Form to request funding. The payment schedule will be included in the grant agreement and successful applicants will use the SF-270 to request funding.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Miriam Grinberg
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20540 USA
Phone: 2027070846
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22 FY 23 FY 24 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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