Public Library Innovation Grant

Posted by on December 15, 2008

ICMA Offers Public Library Innovation Grants

Deadline: January 9, 2009

ICMA (, the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities, invites local governments to apply for an ICMA Public Library Innovation Grant.

The grants will focus on using the public library as a vital tool in addressing community priorities and issues, and will be anchored by a partnership between the office of the chief administrative officer (city, county, or town manager) and the public library. The grant program will provide a series of leadership workshops and project coaching to ensure the short-term success of the project and secure support for the long-term use of libraries in addressing community goals.

Grant applications must be submitted by the local government manager’s office or the highest appointed local government official with broad oversight of the local government. ICMA membership is not a requirement for the grant.

ICMA will provide eight to twelve grants ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 each. Grants are for a period of eighteen months.

Guidelines and application instructions are available at the ICMA Web site.

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