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Call for Applications: Learning Labs in Museums and Libraries
MacArthur Foundation

July, 2011

Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums

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Grant Program Information

Application guidelines are currently available:

Access FY 2011 Grant Program Guidelines Online
Download Printer-friendly PDF Version (489 KB)

FY 2011 Deadline: August 15, 2011

Grant Amount: Planning and Design Grants: up to $100,000

Grant Period: 18 months

Matching Requirement: Cost sharing of at least one third is encouraged, but not required

Project Start Date: January 1, 2012


Learn more about the Grants for Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums during one of the upcoming webinars for prospective applicants. IMLS and partnership program staff will be available to discuss the purpose of the grants and the grant application process, as well as answer participants’ questions. The webinar schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 28, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Tuesday, July 12, at 3 :00 p.m. Eastern Time
View webinar instructions (PDF, 72KB).

Program Overview:
These grants will support the planning and designing of up to 30 Learning Labs in libraries and museums throughout the country. The Labs are intended to engage middle- and high-school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media. Grantees will be required to participate, in-person and online, in a community of practice that will provide technical assistance, networking, and cross-project learning. Projects are expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current research about digital media and youth learning. There will be two project deadlines for this grant program, with the second deadline planned for spring 2012.

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) were selected by IMLS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to cooperatively manage the Grants for Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums program. ULC and ASTC each have designated staff who can address questions from prospective applicants and other program participants, or refer inquiries to other program staff as needed.

Angela Goodrich
Finance and Administration Executive Urban Libraries Council (ULC)
Phone: 312/676-0957

Margaret Glass
Partnerships and Alliances
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
Phone: 202/783-7200 x129

News & Updates

For recently updated information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 65KB)

April 8, 2011 -- The Urban Libraries Council and the Association of Science-Technology Centers Selected for Teen Learning Labs Project

January 20, 2011 -- IMLS and MacArthur Foundation Announce RFP for Cooperator to Manage
National Grant Competition for Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums

September 16, 2010 -- IMLS Press Release: MacArthur and IMLS Announce Plans to Create up to 30 New Learning Labs at Libraries and Museums Across the Country

September 16, 2010 -- White House Press Release: President Obama to Announce Major Expansion of “Educate to Innovate” Campaign to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

September 20, 2010 -- IMLS Acting Director Marsha L. Semmel's post on the Huffington Post blog: Producing Sparks of Learning


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