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COVID-19 NEWS: 'IMLS Announces New Stimulus Funding for Communities Across America'
IMLS is implementing “measures to award the first $30 million of $50 million appropriated to the agency in the CARES Act.” The money will be distributed based on population size to institutions in all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; the U.S. territories; and the Freely Associated States. IMLS “is allocating these grants through its most significant in-place funding vehicle for all states and territories, State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), who are encouraged to use all available mechanisms to reach museum and tribal partners, as well as traditionally eligible libraries.”
The funds are intended to help institutions “expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services to citizens to address digital inclusion efforts and related technical support. …”
“Together, we must address this challenge in the places most affected by coronavirus,” says IMLS director Crosby Kemper. “This pandemic has highlighted the fact that people in rural and tribal communities, as well as those in high-poverty areas or remote regions lacking access to broadband, have been disproportionately affected. We must target these funds to provide job, health, economic, and other high-impact relief, and this funding round focuses on providing efficient, urgent help to citizens across the nation.”
For more information, read the press release.
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