Friday, December 7, 2012

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums

Institute of Museum and Library Services


The synopsis for this grant opportunity is detailed below, following this paragraph. This synopsis contains all of the updates to this document that have been posted as of 11/28/2012 . If updates have been made to the opportunity synopsis, update information is provided below the synopsis.If you would like to receive notifications of changes to the grant opportunity click send me change notification emails . The only thing you need to provide for this service is your email address. No other information is requested.

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Description of Modification
Updated contact information.
Document Type:Modification to Previous  Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:SPARKS-FY13
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Posted Date:Nov 28, 2012
Creation Date:Nov 29, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:Feb 01, 2013   
Current Closing Date for Applications:Feb 01, 2013   
Archive Date:Mar 03, 2013
Funding Instrument Type:Grant 
Category of Funding Activity:Arts (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA)
Humanities (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA) 
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:14
Estimated Total Program Funding:$350,000
Award Ceiling:$25,000
Award Floor:$10,000
CFDA Number(s):45.312  --  National Leadership Grants
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No

Eligible Applicants

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. 

Agency Name

Institute of Museum and Library Services


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. 

Link to Additional Information

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Helen Wechsler
Supervisory Grants Management Specialist

Tim Carrigan
Museum Program Specialist

Anthony Donovan Smith
Senior Library Program Officer

Charles “Chuck” Thomas
Senior Library Program Officer

Traci Stanley
Library Program Specialist

Synopsis Modification History

The following files represent the modifications to this synopsis with the changes noted within the documents. The list of files is arranged from newest to oldest with the newest file representing the current synopsis. Changed sections from the previous document are shown in a light grey background.
File NameDate
Modification #2Nov 29, 2012
Modification #1Nov 29, 2012
Original SynopsisNov 28, 2012

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