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Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Grant

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Schools,
and Associations to Promote the Use of Federal Library Digital Resources

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Deadline Date:

05/28/21 12:00 PM (Noon) ET


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit, for-profit, and educational organizations, agencies, IHEs, libraries, cultural institutions, associations, groups, and tribal entities to promote the use of US federal library digital resources. Required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The purpose of this notice is to identify grantee organizations that will design and implement educational projects in which the Library of Congress’s digitized primary sources and other online materials are central to teaching and learning.

The Teaching with Primary Sources program has been the Library of Congress’s premier educational outreach program. The goals of the program have included providing instructional materials, tools, education, and professional development that enhance teachers’ ability to integrate digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress into instruction that builds student literacy, critical thinking skills, content knowledge, and ability to conduct original research.

With this notice, the Library seeks to solicit project proposals that expand the body of innovative strategies, tools, and materials for meaningful teaching and learning with Library of Congress materials. Funded projects may focus on diverse content areas and populations such as STEM, literacy, social studies, the disabled, English Language learners, teacher education, public health, journalism, and many others.

Applicants must submit project proposals that address demonstrated educational needs of specific recipient populations with solutions that standard practice, documented experience, or research suggest would be effective.

Fundable projects must use the Library’s collections for one or more of the following approaches:

  • Deliver educational programming to various categories of learners
  • Create and distribute educational materials or tools for teaching specific content
  • Convene meetings of like organizations to devise strategies for furthering common learning and teaching goals with Library of Congress materials
  • Conduct research with significant practitioner involvement that investigates the impact of incorporating Library of Congress into educational initiatives.

Specifically, the Library of Congress seeks to award grants to support the creative and wide-ranging educational use of Library online resources that serves subpopulations of Americans based on their unique professions, ethnicities, geographic locations, abilities, interests, affiliations, and other attributes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195894

Number of Grants:

Up to 100 Cooperative Agreements

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding ranging from $35,000 to $100,000. Actual awards may be less than $35,000 or exceed $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance and Expected Start Date: 10/1/2021 to 9/30/2022 - 12-month projects.

The Library may make additional funds available to grantees for a maximum additional two years at the government’s sole discretion.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include: public or private organizations, both not-for profit and forprofit organizations and including institutions of higher education, colleges, universities, professional associations, library systems, cultural institutions, other educational organizations such as K-12 schools, after-school programs, literacy organizations, centers, clubs, associations of home-schooling parents, honor societies, and other professional, civic, regional, state, and community groups, and collaborative partnerships (such as an organization with content expertise paired with a state or regional educational entity); states; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

An applicant may be disqualified if the applicant or any principal or employee has been subject to any legal proceeding involving fraud, criminal activity or has been subject to any Federal or state citation for a criminal activity. If so, an explanation must be provided.

This NOFO is limited to organizations/institutions registered in the United States. This program does not provide funding to foreign entities or for projects conducted outside the United States.

For funding restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information:

Due date for applications: No later than 12:00 PM (Noon Eastern Time) on May 28, 2021

All questions relating to this NOFO must be submitted via email to Phoebe Coleman no later than 5:00 pm (Eastern Time) on May 21, 2021.

All applicants are required to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet and then register in prior to submitting an application for this NOFO

The Library will accept only one proposal from the same organizational department. Applicants may be included in multiple proposals as members of collaborative partnerships or within a single organization.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All proposals must be submitted electronically via email to Phoebe Coleman at

Agency Point of Contact
Phoebe Coleman
Grants Officer – Contracts and Grants Directorate
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington DC, 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-3309

Program Technical Contact:
Vivian Awumey
TPS Program Manager
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington DC, 20540

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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