Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums

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Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums: The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants program. These small grants encourage libraries, museums, and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities. Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries, museums, and/or archives. 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. To maximize the public benefit from federal investments in these grants, the Sparks Grants will fund only projects with the following characteristics: Broad Potential Impact You should identify a specific problem or need that is relevant to many libraries, archives, and/or museums, and propose a testable and measurable solution. Proposals must demonstrate a thorough understanding of current issues and practices in the project's focus area and discuss its potential impact within libraries, archives, and/or museums. Proposed innovations should be widely adoptable or adaptable. Significant Innovation The proposed solution to the identified problem must offer strong potential for non-incremental, significant advancement in the operation of libraries, archives, and/or museums. You must explain how the proposed activity differs from current practices or takes advantage of an unexplored opportunity, and the potential benefit to be gained by this innovation.
Federal Grant Title: Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums
Federal Agency Name: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Grant Categories: Arts Humanities
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: SPARKS-FY13
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 45.312
CFDA Descriptions: National Leadership Grants
Current Application Deadline: Feb 01, 2013
Original Application Deadline: Feb 01, 2013
Posted Date: Nov 28, 2012
Creation Date: Nov 29, 2012
Archive Date: Mar 03, 2013
Total Program Funding: $350,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $25,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $10,000
Expected Number of Awards: 14
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. Museums that fulfill the general criteria for museums may apply. Public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations, or associations that engage in activities designed to advance museums and the museum profession may also apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities, are eligible.
Grant Announcement Contact
Museums: Helen Wechsler Supervisory Grants Management Specialist 202-653-4779 hwechsler@imls.gov Tim Carrigan Museum Program Specialist 202/653-4639 tcarrigan@imls.gov Libraries: Anthony Donovan Smith Senior Library Program Officer 202-653-4768 asmith@imls.gov Charles “Chuck” Thomas Senior Library Program Officer 202-653-4663 cthomas@imls.gov Traci Stanley Library Program Specialist 202-653-4689 tstanley@imls.gov
cthomas@imls.gov [hwechsler@imls.gov]
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