HI, I know this thread hasn’t been used in a while but I wanted to share these four opportunities that offer significant benefits to tribal libraries and other cultural institutions meeting certain criteria that I received from California State Library.
1. IMLS NATIVE AMERICAN LIBRARY SERVICES BASIC GRANT PROGRAM. Applications are due this Wednesday, March 1 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Grants range from $6,000-$10,000. To learn more, click here.
2. CONGRESSIONAL EARMARKS FOR TRIBAL LIBRARY IMPROVEMENTS : One of the most frequent inquiries ATALM receives is about funding for tribal library construction or upgrades. We are happy to share with you that tribal libraries may now request earmark funding from their members of Congress members in the upcoming fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills. As an example, the San Carlos Apache College Library received $875,000 to renovate, equip, and staff a library and computer center in a historically underserved community.
Most Congressmembers have not yet announced application deadlines, and the House has not yet announced its process for the upcoming year. However, to date several Senators have announced applications deadlines between Feb. 28 and March 17. Because the request process is handled through individual Congressional offices, the best source of information is to inquire directly with your Senators and Representative about their application process.
Tribal museums and other cultural facilities are also eligible to request earmarks, but the requests should be carefully coordinated with tribal leadership. To learn more about the process, click here.
ATALM is grateful to the American Library Association for sharing this information. We consider them one of our strongest advocacy partners.
3. TECHSOUP DONATIONS : We are happy to share with you that TechSoup, a nonprofit that provides donated software and hardware from over 75 companies to libraries and non-profits, is extending access to tribal libraries. To learn more, click here. To attend an informative webinar on the many benefits offered, register for a free webinar on March 21. TechSoup has saved ATALM thousands of dollars over the years so we are happy that tribal libraries can now be supported.
4. SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO ATTEND ATALM2023 : Scholarships of up to $1,000 per person are available to attend the October 24-26 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Funding for the scholarships is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library services. Applications are due on May 1. To apply, click here.