Local governments can now apply for an International City and County Management Association (ICMA) Public Library Innovation Grant. With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ICMA will provide $500,000 in grants to cities, towns, and counties that are committed to using their public library as a vital tool in addressing community priorities and issues in a unique, nontraditional manner. Individual grants will range from $20,000 to $60,000 and be 18 months in length.
All Innovation Grants will be anchored by a partnership between the office of the chief administrative officer (city, county, and town manager) and the public library. A series of leadership workshops and project coaching will support grantees in solidifying the manager/librarian partnership, ensuring the short-term success of the project, and developing the capacity to support the long-term use of libraries to meet community goals.
Details and application at