Region 2 Innovation Impact Award

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Deadline: Apr 18, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $8,000

Fields of work: Community Health Education Library Services Health Information Technology Youth Development & Leadership Literacy Technology Access & Digital Literacy

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Alabama, Florida, Georgia (US state), Mississippi, Puerto Rico Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Florida, Georgia (US state), Mississippi, Puerto Rico Show all



The mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public's health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, the public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.


The Innovation Impact Award supports new projects that involve creative program improvement and seek to enhance health information outreach. These innovative projects may not fit squarely into the other award categories for Region 2. However, projects awarded in this category will still align with our larger funding objectives of enhancing the community’s access to health information resources, improving defined health literacy skills, and building community members’ confidence to make informed decisions regarding their health. The approach to these projects may be unique but will have the potential to make a large impact from their distinctive project design.

Potential Project Ideas

  • Purchase software or hardware to improve operations in community organizations, health service organizations, libraries, or academic institutions in order to serve their constituents better.
  • Pilot a reading group using the materials from the NNLM Reading Club about a prevalent health topic.
  • Develop a more accessible and/or culturally inclusive collection of materials (ex: Spanish language, books by diverse authors, graphic novels about health issues, large print books).
  • Form a mentoring group and schedule a professional development week for young people related to health issue. This program could integrate an educational component. Recruit adult mentors to support the program. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Network member organizations in Region 2 are eligible to apply: (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands)
  • Organizations, in most cases, are only eligible to apply for awards from the Regional Medical Library that serves the state in which they operate in.
    • Please contact the RML for further clarification. 
  • All projects must:
    • Incorporate one or more National Library of Medicine resources.
    • Increase access to high quality biomedical and health information 
    • Improve the use of technology for health information access, especially to underserved and underrepresented populations 
    • Improve access to libraries and information services

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • Priority will be given to projects that: 
    • Feature first-time applicants; are from faith-based, community-based, public health, or public education sector professionals or organizations; support Spanish-speaking, Indigenous, and/or rural communities; or are from states/territories that have not received as much funding previously
    • Reach underserved, minority and underrepresented communities including, but not limited to:
      • Racial and ethnic minority populations
      • LGBTQIA+ populations 
      • Populations reported below the Federal Poverty Level
      • Populations with limited access to medical care
      • Populations with physical and/or mental disabilities
      • Soldiers, veterans and military families
      • Rural populations
      • Urban populations
      • Older Adults
    • Demonstrate principles of accessibility, cultural competency, and inclusivity 
    • Include training and outreach about NLM resources 
    • Describe strategies for sustainability of the project after one year 


  • Food, promotional items, and furniture are not allowable expenses.

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This page was last reviewed October 23, 2023 and last updated March 28, 2023