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45.312: National Leadership Grants

Alternate Name: NLG

Overview

Program Number
45.312
Status
Active
Last Modified
Sept. 21, 2022
Date Posted
Sept. 21, 2022
Objective
National Leadership Grants (NLG) support projects that address critical needs of the museum and library fields and that have the potential to advance practice in these professions so that museums and libraries can strengthen services for the American public. NLG-Museums has three program goals with three associated objectives each. GOAL 1: Advance the museum field’s ability to empower people of all ages and backgrounds through experiential and cross-disciplinary learning and discovery. Obj. 1.1: Support the development, implementation, and dissemination of model programs that facilitate adoption by museums across the field. Obj. 1.2: Support training and professional development programs, tools, or resources that build the knowledge, skills and abilities of museum staff and/or volunteers in multiple institutions. Obj. 1.3: Support research focusing on the role of museums in engaging learners of all types. GOAL 2: Advance the museum field’s ability to maximize the use of museum resources to address community needs through partnerships and collaborations. Obj. 2.1: Support the development of new and innovative methods for addressing community challenges through partnerships, services, processes, or practices for use across the museum field. Obj. 2.2: Support the development and implementation of training and professional development programs, tools, or resources that build the knowledge, skills and abilities of museum staff and/or volunteers to meet the needs of their communities. Obj. 2.3: Support research focusing on museums’ roles in engaging diverse audiences and fostering civic discourse. GOAL 3: Advance the museums field’s ability to identify new solutions that address high priority and widespread collections care or conservation issues. Obj. 3.1: Support the development, implementation, and dissemination of new tools or services that facilitate access, management, preservation, sharing, and use of museum collections. Obj. 3.2: Support the development and implementation of training and professional development programs, tools, or resources that impact the ability of museum staff and/or volunteers in multiple institutions to improve the stewardship of collections. Obj. 3.3: Support research focusing on any broadly relevant aspect of the management, conservation, and preservation of collections. NLG-Libraries has five program goals with two or three associated objectives each. GOAL 1: Build the workforce and institutional capacity for managing the national information infrastructure and serving the information and education needs of the public. Obj. 1.1: Develop or enhance replicable library and archives programs, models, and tools that provide opportunities to support all types of learning. Obj. 1.2: Collaborate with formal and/or informal learning organizations to incorporate promising practices from allied domains into library and archives services. Obj. 1.3: Create and/or facilitate opportunities for continuous learning for families, groups, and individuals of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and needs. GOAL 2: Build the capacity of libraries and archives to lead and contribute to efforts that improve community well-being and strengthen civic engagement. Obj. 2.1: Develop or enhance replicable library programming, models, and tools that engage communities and individuals of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Obj. 2.2: Develop or enhance collaborations between libraries and stakeholders, and leverage opportunities to address community needs. Obj. 2.3: Establish or refine approaches that equip libraries and archives to contribute to the well-being of communities. GOAL 3: Improve the ability of libraries and archives to provide broad access to and use of information and collections with emphasis on collaboration to avoid duplication and maximize reach. Obj. 3.1: Advance digital inclusion, broadly defined. Obj. 3.2: Support innovative approaches to digital collection management. Obj. 3.3: Support the design and development of online library and archives services that meet user expectations for operating in an online environment. GOAL 4: Strengthen the ability of libraries to provide services to affected communities in the event of an emergency or disaster. Obj. 4.1: Support the development of model national, regional, statewide, or local emergency and disaster management plans. Obj. 4.2: Support the implementation of such emergency and disaster management plans. GOAL 5: Strengthen the ability of libraries, archives, and museums to work collaboratively for the benefit of the communities they serve. Obj. 5.1: Support the development of replicable systems that leverage institutional expertise and experience to maximize public access to and use of knowledge resources. Obj. 5.2: Support joint projects designed to address a shared problem and structured to use the expertise, experience, and perspective of each partner institution in its solution.
Type of Assistance
B - Project Grants (Discretionary)
Applicant Eligibility
An applicant to NLG-Libraries must meet geographic and governance criteria and qualify as one of the following six types of organizations: 1. a library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a State agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library; 2. an academic or administrative unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science that is part of an institution of higher education through which it would make an application; 3. a digital library, if it makes library materials publicly available and provides library services under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian; 4. a library agency that is an official agency of a State or other unit of government and is charged by the law governing it with the extension and development of public library services within its jurisdiction 5. a library consortium that is a local, statewide, regional, interstate, or international cooperative association of library entities that provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources of eligible libraries, as defined above, and information centers that work to improve the services delivered to the clientele of these libraries; or 6. a library association that exists on a permanent basis; serves libraries or library professionals on a national, regional, State, or local level; and engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of libraries and the library profession. An applicant to NLG-Museums must meet geographic and governance criteria and qualify as one of the following four types of organizations: 1. A museum that, using a professional staff, is organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational, cultural heritage, or aesthetic purposes; owns or uses tangible objects, either animate or inanimate; cares for these objects; and exhibits these objects to the general public on a regular basis through facilities that it owns or operates. 2. An organization or association that engages in activities designed to advance the wellbeing of museums and the museum profession; 3. An institution of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities; or 4. A public or private nonprofit agency that is responsible for the operation of a museum that meets these criteria.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not Applicable
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