Library Services Grants
The Institute of Museum and Library Services also administers a Federal grant program that provides direct financial support to libraries operated by Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages or councils. In Alaska, many public libraries work with the local native council to apply for these grants, while in other Alaska Native villages, the village council uses the entire grant to operate its own library.
The Native American Library Services Basic Grant is distributed annually to eligible applicants. Basic Grants are available to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services.
The Education/Assessment Option may be requested as a supplement to the Basic Grant. The purpose of the Education/Assessment Option is to provide funding for library staff to attend continuing education courses and training workshops on- or off-site, for library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services, and to hire a consultant for an on-site professional library assessment.
The Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants support projects to enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly as they relate to the goals of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). For more information on these grant programs, please visit these web pages.
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