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National Leadership Grants

Number: 45.312
Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
45.312 National Leadership Grants
Federal Agency (030):
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Authorization (040):
Museum and Library Services Act (20 USC CHAPTER 72).
Objectives (050):
National Leadership Grants support projects that address current and future needs of the museum and library fields and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums and libraries can improve services for the American public. Successful proposals will generate results such as models, new tools, research findings, services, practices, and/or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend and leverage the benefits of federal investment.
Types of Assistance (060):
Direct Payments for Specified Use; PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
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.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Applicants that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply for National Leadership Grants for Libraries. Applicants that fulfill the general criteria for museums may apply for National Leadership Grants for Museums. 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Libraries, archives, and museums. Through activities and projects funded, beneficiaries include the general public.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 225 (A-87) for State and local governments and Indian tribes, 2 CFR 220 (A-21) for educational institutions and 2 CFR 230 (A-122) for other nonprofit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
The standard application forms as furnished by the agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and 2 CFR 215 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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.
Award Procedure (093):
Proposals are reviewed by field and/or panel reviewers, staff, and the director.
Deadlines (094):
Dec 02, 2013 NLG for Museums: December 2, 2013; NLG for Libraries: February 3, 2014; NLG Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums:February 3, 2014 .
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
NLG for Museums: Approximately nine months; NLG for Libraries: Approximately seven months; NLG Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums: Approximately seven months.
Appeals (096):
Appeals may be made in writing to the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Renewals (097):
The Institute of Museum and Library Services may extend particular grants at the discretion of the director.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: NLG for Museums: Awards will not exceed $500,000 and must be matched one-to-one, but the match may include in-kind contributions; NLG for Libraries: Awards will not exceed $500,000 and one-to-one matching is required for requests over $250,000, except research projects; Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Musuems: Awards will not exceed $25,000 and no matching is required.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
NLG for Museums: Projects may be carried out for a period of up to 36 months; NLG for Libraries: Projects may be carried out for a period of up to 36 months; Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums: Projects may be carried out for a period of up to 12 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Direct payments for a specialized use upon request.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
The Institute of Museum and Library Services requires annual interim and final financial and performance reports. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Grant recipients will be required to maintain standard financial statements and project records.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 $5,911,000; FY 13 est $7,880,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
NLG for Museums: Between $50,000 and $500,000; NLG for Libraries: Between $50,000 and $500,000; Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums: Between $10,000 and $25,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
See the IMLS website at www.imls.gov for the latest program data.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None. Contact for NLG for Libraries and Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries: Tim Carrigan, Senior Program Officer, tcarrigan@imls.gov, (202) 653-4639

Contact for NLG for Museums and Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums: Helen Wechsler, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, hwechsler@imls.gov, (202) 653-4779.
Headquarters Office (152):
Helen Wechsler 1800 M Street NW
9th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20036 Email: hwechsler@imls.gov Phone: 202-653-4779
Website Address (153):
http://www.imls.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
See program guidelines.