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Monday, January 7, 2013

Sparks! Ignition Grants Info!



Let me know if you are thinking of applying for this and want a sparring partner to help you think about it, read drafts of applications, etc.  I plan to attend the webinar on January 9.

Sparks! Ignition Grants For Libraries And Museums

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in the following grant program:
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums
Deadline: February 1, 2013
              
Grant Amount:     $10,000 to $25,000
Grant Period:        Up to one year

There will be two Web conferences to learn more about the program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 2:30 – 3:30 pm  OR
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 2 – 3pm
 
To participate in the web conference, a few minutes before it is scheduled to begin, log into:
https://imls.megameeting.com/?page=guest&conid=Sparks_Applicant_Webinar
Then, using any touchtone phone, call 1-866-299-7945. When prompted to enter a passcode, enter 7434925#.
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Program Overview:
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.

Click here for more information about this funding opportunity,

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