Library Grants
Monday, May 11, 2015
Teen Read Week Activity Grant
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer ten $1,000 grants to recognize outstanding Teen Read Week activities from its members. YALSA encourages innovative proposals that are inclusive of underserved teen populations, including but not limited to teens with disabilities and teens who speak English as a second language. Individual library branches within a larger system are welcome to apply.Libraries should be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store (see Dollar General's Store Locator).

Please follow the link to the online application: 2015 Teen Read Week Activity Grant. Questions? Contact Emily Weeden at
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ALA Annual Diversity Research Grant Program
Deadline: May 26, 2015

The ALA Diversity Research Grant program addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2500 annual award for original research.

Grant recipients are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association within three months of completing their research. Grant proposals may address any diversity topic that speaks to critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. Grant applicants must be ALA members, and may direct questions to For more details including submission guidelines and evaluation criteria, visit the website.
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Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Book Grants
Deadline: May 29th, 2015

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants to school libraries and bookmobile programs, as well as charitable organizations [501(c)(3)] or other non-taxable organizations that have lending libraries. The Foundation gives to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Grants for 2014 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases for children preschool through grade 8  Successful applicants have proposed purchases to update their children's book collections generally or to expand their holdings in specific areas. More details regarding the grant program and a link to the application can be found on their Grant Program Information web page.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants
DEADLINE EXTENDED!: March 31, 2015

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 27th year of its Minigrant Program with a call for proposals. Approximately 60 grants of $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the United States. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants by May 1.

Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats (writer and illustrator) are welcome, but not required. Creative programs funded in the past have included:
EJK Mini-Grants now fund programs that support the Common Core Standards within the curriculum as well as the kinds of special projects we have always encouraged. For more information and to apply, visit the website.

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Monday, December 08, 2014
StoryCorps @ your library Grants
Deadline:  February 6th 2015

StoryCorps @ your library grants represent the second phase of the StoryCorps @ your library project, following a pilot program in 2013-2014. The grant is offered by StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For more information, please visit the StoryCorps website.

Ten selected libraries will receive equipment, training, promotional materials and other resources to help them develop community documentation projects using the popular and unique facilitated StoryCorps interview model. As part of the StoryCorps approach, each interview participant receives a copy of their recording. With participant permission and based upon a written agreement with StoryCorps, local libraries will retain copies of fully released interviews. Copies of fully released interviews will also be deposited with the Library of Congress. If you have questions about the application, please refer to the guidelines, or contact the ALA Public Programs Office at 312-280-5045, or

For more information and to apply, visit  

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Friday, December 05, 2014
IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
Deadline: February 2, 2015

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are small that grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. Grantees can undertake activities that involve risk and then share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible. Projects should have broad potential impact and significant innovation.

Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities, are eligible. The funding range is from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015. Visit the websites for program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity.
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Thursday, November 06, 2014
NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Deadline: December 3, 2014

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. As museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, they must find ways to implement preventive conservation measures that are scientifically sound and sustainable. This program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. U.S. nonprofit organizations are eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections offers two kinds of awards: grants for planning and for implementation. To help an institution develop and assess preventive conservation strategies, planning grants of up to $40,000 support activities such as site visits, risk assessments, planning sessions, monitoring, testing, modeling, project-specific research, and preliminary designs for implementation projects. Planning grants must focus on exploring sustainable preventive conservation strategies. To help an institution implement a preventive conservation project, implementation grants of up to $350,000 are available. Implementation projects should be based on planning that has been specific to the needs of the institution and its collections within the context of its local environment. It is not necessary to receive an NEH planning grant to be eligible for an implementation grant. Implementation grants may also cover costs associated with renovation required to implement preventive conservation measures such as the purchase of storage furniture and the rehousing of collections that will be moved into a new building.

For more information, visit the NEH website:
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
ALA's Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
Deadline: December 15, 2014

The ALA Learning Round Table will award $1000 to attend a professional development event between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 and to share your new learning with others via the Learning Round Table newsletter, blog, listserv, Connect, or other means. Monies can be used to cover registration, travel, lodging or other expenses. 

The grant is in memory of the late Pat Carterette, a much admired Learning Round Table past-president, to honor her passion for professional development in the field of library and information sciences.

The online application is available at:

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Friday, September 19, 2014
ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grants
Deadline: November 7, 2014

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant program provides grants of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of
library. The grants are intended to cover preparation costs appropriate to the development of a useful product, including the cost of research. The grants do not cover the costs of final printing or online distribution of the product.

Grants are awarded to individuals; local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science. International applicants welcome.

The project(s) must:
For more information, visit the ALA website.
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The American Dream Starts @ your library
Deadline: October 1, 2014

The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services with funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is offering grants from $5,000 to $15,000 through the American Dream Starts @ your library initiative. These grants will help public libraries and public libraries with bookmobiles in Dollar General communities add or expand literacy services for adult English language learners.

Past grants have been used to expand ESL collections, teach classes, host conversation circles, train tutors, increase computer access, build community partnerships, and raise the library’s visibility. Eligibility criteria:
For more information and access to the full application, visit the website:
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Teens Teach Tech Grant
Deadline: September 15, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for funding for a Teens Teach Tech program in your community! These programs serve as a series of informational workshops led by teens, meant for older adults to learn how to use modern technological devices. By teaching senior citizens to be comfortable with modern devices, the teens will also be strengthening intergenerational relationships and supporting community development. The grant will provide teens with proper training materials and will aid with promotional advertising for the program, inlcuding funding for promotional flyers, print-outs and volunteer staff T-shirts.

For more information, and to apply:
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Saturday, June 07, 2014
Best Small Library in America Award
Deadline: September 10, 2014

Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. Now in its tenth year, the award honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.

The winning library will receive a $20,000 cash award, a feature story in Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Conference in 2016, and a gala reception at the conference. Two finalist libraries will be awarded a $10,000 cash award as well as membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the PLA conference and the gala reception in 2016, and they will be given special mention in Library Journal.

Submission requirements and judging criteria are available on the website.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Margaret Edwards Teen Collection Development Grant
Deadline: December 1, 2014

This grant awards $5,000 for a library to use towards improving or expanding its teen collection. Funds may be used for print, non-print and/or digital materials. All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to four grants will be awarded in 2014.

All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted.

Each application will be judged on the basis of:
1. The degree of the library's need for collection development funding.
2. The effectiveness of the community assessment done to determine teen needs.
3. The strength of the plan to enhance the collection.
4. The impact this grant will bring to the teens in the library's community, especially disadvantaged youth.
5. The degree to which the plan supports the principles in The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action report.
A link to the application and more details can be found on the website.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Citizens-Save-Libraries Advocacy Grants
Deadline: May 5, 2014

Applications are currently being accepted for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive specialized onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

Among the criteria to apply is a willingness to “pay it forward” by sharing what is learned with others in their states through presentations at local conferences, articles written for the state library association journal and a willingness to answer questions and support other advocacy campaigns via digital media and Skype.

As part of the grant, a Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide that lays out a step-by-step blueprint for libraries to follow in generating advocacy campaigns is available to all libraries at no cost. The Power Guide is available at

For more information and to apply for the grants, visit
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Friday, April 11, 2014
The Lisa Libraries Book Donation Program
Deadline: Ongoing

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and helps establish small libraries for organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. Founded in 1990, the Lisa Libraries was started by author Ann M. Martin and friends to honor and memorialize children's book editor Lisa Novak. Some of the libraries established have been at day-care centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements under-filled shelves as well as provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before. In 2004, the Lisa Libraries contributed over 15,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country. Visit the website for easy application criteria.
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Reading grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting preschool through 3rd grade reading programs such as library storytimes, book clubs and after-school reading events that foster a love of reading. Each Early Childhood Reading Grant is $2,000. Your library must be within 100 miles of a Target stores in order to apply for a Target grant. The application is available online.
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Outside the Box
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Outside the Box is an innovative program that brings people together for free, fun community activities. Through a competitive application process, public libraries and their communities will be selected based on characteristics such as geographic and ethnic diversity, local leadership, and innovative ideas for events and community activities. This year, up to 20 U.S. communities will participate in Outside the Box, developed and funded by Redbox, and managed by OCLC in partnership with Project for Public Spaces. 

Program participants will create a shared community space and hold an initial kickoff event to introduce the gathering place, such as:
Participants selected for Outside the Box will receive consultation and support on event and space design, event planning, and material selection selection of up to $5,000 in reusable materials provided by Redbox. Ideal applicants will complete free online training, brainstorm with their community, identify community partners, and host an Outside the Box community event between July – October 2014.

The application process is via a letter with the following information:
For more information and to apply visit the website

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
ALA Awards: Deadlines Extended!
New Deadlines: Feb. 3, 2014

A number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants have new extended deadlines. Many of these applications are quite short.

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Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort Grant
Deadline: March 6, 2014
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

The Libraries Transforming Communities project, made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents, and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity.

In April, up to 50 individuals representing teams from 10 public libraries nationally will be selected to participate in the Public Innovators Cohort. Selected libraries will receive:
Complete guidelines and application instructions can be found at: A conference call for interested applicants will be held at 1 p.m. central time on February 12, 2014.
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Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are accepting applications for the new Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries awards two grants to U.S. school, public, academic or special libraries:
Successful applicants will receive a $4,000 program grant plus a collection of Will Eisner’s work and biographies as well as the graphic novels nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con International (collection valued at approximately $3,000). The grant award includes a travel stipend for a library representative to travel to the ALA Annual Conference to receive the grant from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.
The grant is administered by ALA’s Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels & Comics Member Initiative Group. More information on the grant and the application process is available online.

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Friday, December 06, 2013
AILA/APALA Talk Story Grants
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2014

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association are offering $600 mini-grants, sponsored by Toyota Financial Services, for the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture literacy program. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.

Libraries and community organizations that serve children and their families are eligible to apply. Awardees will be selected based upon creativity and originality of the implementation of the Talk Story program as well as financial need. Selection will also be based upon involvement of the library, community and community organizations as participants, leaders, and promoters of the proposed Talk Story program. For more information and to apply, visit the website:

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ALA's John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award
Deadline: Feb. 14, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The award, managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), honors outstanding library public relations, whether a summer reading program, a year-long centennial celebration, fundraising for a new college library, an awareness campaign or an innovative partnership in the community. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and the annual Awards Ceremony is sponsored by the ALA and EBSCO Information Services.

JCD submissions include strategic library communication campaigns from all sizes and types of libraries. Submissions include rebranding efforts, promoting unique archives, awareness campaigns and community partnerships. Entries may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency or service provider, excluding libraries represented by the JCD Committee members.

For more information and to apply visit the website:
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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
National Friends of Libraries Week Awards
Deadline: Dec. 2, 2013

Two awards of $250 will be given to Friends of the Library groups for activities held during National Friends of Libraries Week, (Oct. 20-26, 2013). Applicants will be judged on creativity and innovation; involvement of Friends, library staff, Trustees and/or advisory committee; recognition of Friends group and promotion of Friends group to the community, school, students and/or faculty. 

For more information and to apply, visit the website:

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2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
Deadline: Nov. 8, 2013 DEADLINE EXTENDED: Dec. 6, 2013

U.S. libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme, Lives change @ your library, will be awarded $3,000 to promote its library and library services. This grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing and administered by the ALA Public Awareness Committee to support a single library’s public outreach efforts during National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014).

A grant application form and guidelines are available on the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant website.
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Monday, November 04, 2013
NEA Big Read Grants
Deadline: January 28, 2014

The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2014 and June 2015. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

Visit for more information. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email
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ARSC Preservation Grants
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2013

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. The ARSC Program for the Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings supports the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music by individuals and organizations, and will also consider funding:
Grant amounts generally range from $2000 to $10,000. More information and proposal guidelines are on the website:
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BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013

This grant awards $1000 for collection development to YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18. Up to two grants will be awarded annually. Each application will be judged on the basis of: the degree of need for additional young adult materials; the degree of the current collection's use; the soundness of the rationale for the selection of materials; the benefits this grant will bring to young adults; and the degree to which the applicant's philosophy reflects the concepts identified in Directions for Library Service to Young Adults. The online application and more information is on the YALSA website.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
ALSC's Día Family Book Club Grants
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2013

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is accepting applications for mini-grants to allow public libraries to initiate Día Family Book Club programs. Mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Día Family Book Club is a reading program that engages children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality. Up to 15 $2,000 mini-grants will be awarded. A minimum of 50% ($1,000) of grant funding must be used to purchase books to distribute to participants of the library’s Día Family Book Club. Remaining funds should be used for Día Family Book Club programming, publicity, or to add multicultural or multilingual books to the library’s collection. Applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center, or corporate office (please visit Dollar General’s Store Locator at

For more information and the application form, please visit

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Generations United Youth Jumpstart Grants
Deadline: October 30, 2013 (letter of inquiry)

This could be a great grant for a library teen advisory group to provide intergenational programming such as technology training.

Generations United, AARP's Mentor Up, and the MetLife Foundation are partnering to provide the 2013 – 2014 Youth Jumpstart grants to provide youth (ages 13-25) an opportunity to take a leadership role in a project that supports older adults while building strong, healthy intergenerational communities. 

Youth must partner with an organization for this grant. Jumpstart grantees will receive grants of $1,000, along with planning support to organize and implement successful and impactful projects. Although the grant dollars will go to organizations, the application must be completed by youth and the project planned and implemented by youth.

Grant Specifics: Up to 20 grants of $1,000 will be awarded along with technical assistance to develop or expand youth-led intergenerational projects. Applicants must be located in the U.S. and have a 501©3 or equivalent status. Youth development groups, national service grantees, Volunteer Centers, K-12 and higher education institutions are eligible to apply for this grant.

For more information and to download the Letter of Inquiry template, visit the Generations United website

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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries School Library Grant
Deadline: December 2, 2013

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries seeks to provide books and reading materials to school libraries and students that most need them. The foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to individual schools to help school libraries expand, update, and diversify their book collections. The foundation gives preference to schools in which 90 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches and are likely to have the fewest books and reading materials at home.

Schools serving any combination of pre-kindergarten through high school students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, all American territories, and Department of Defense schools in other countries are eligible to apply. Funds are only available for library books and magazine/serial copies and subscriptions.

For more information visit the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries website.
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Monday, October 07, 2013
NEA Our Town Grants
Deadline: January 13, 2014

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces funds to support projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Eligible applicants include city or township governments, county governments, independent school districts, special district governments, public, state, and private institutions of higher education, state governments, nonprofit organizations, and DC government agencies.

Grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000 for creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and artists, seek to improve their quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, foster stronger community identity and a sense of place, and revitalize economic development. Projects may include arts engagement, cultural planning, and design activities such as:
For more information, visit the NEA website

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Monday, September 30, 2013
PLA Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award
Deadline: December 2, 2013

Presented by the Public Library Association and Baker & Taylor, the purpose of this Audio Music/Video Product Award is to promote the development of a circulating audio music/video product collection in public libraries and increase the exposure of the format within the community. The grant will consist of $2,500 of audio music or video products ordered through Baker & Taylor.

Candidates must submit an application, describing the proposal, explaining how your project fits the purpose of this grant and how the music or video products will benefit the project. For more information and to submit an application for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
YALSA 2014 Dollar General Summer Reading Grants
Deadline: January 1, 2014

YALSA has two types of grants funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation:

To apply, you must be a member of YALSA and your library must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store. The applications are available on this YALSA website.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant Program
Deadline: March 15, 2014

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants of $500 to public schools and public libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats (writer and illustrator) are welcome, but not required. Creative programs funded in the past have included:
To read more information and to apply, visit the website

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Friday, September 20, 2013
ALA Traveling Exhibition: Changing America
Due: October 21, 2013

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and the National Museum of American History, invites applications from public, academic, and special libraries; small museums; and historical societies for the traveling exhibition CHANGING AMERICA: THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, 1863 AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, 1963. The traveling exhibition tour is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor (NEH).

Changing America will help public audiences understand and discuss the relationship between two great peoples' movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation, and the March on Washington in 1963. Participants selected will be required to present an opening event and at least two public humanities programs for adult audiences related to exhibition themes and presented by qualified humanities scholars.

Fifty sites will be selected to present the exhibition in their communities for a period of six weeks. All sites selected for the project will receive a grant of $1,700 from the ALA, with funding provided by NEH, for expenses related to public programs. A planning webinar/workshop and online program resources will be available for all selected sites. The tour and programs will begin in January 2014 and continue through December 2017. For more information and to apply, visit the Changing America website.

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MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards
Deadline: October, 14, 2013

The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation are looking for exemplary, lesser-known afterschool programs serving middle school youth that showcase the innovation that takes place during the out-of-school time.

Five afterschool programs will be selected to receive the MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award—each receiving $10,000, featured in the 2013-2014 series of issue briefs and the Afterschool in Action Compendium, as well as offered the opportunity to present at national conferences.

Nominations are sought for the following four categories:
For more information on the nomination process, visit the Afterschool Alliance website

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award
Deadline: September 30, 2013

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual Access to Learning Award recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries and similar institutions outside the United States to connect people to information and opportunities through free access to computers and the Internet. The foundation invites public libraries and similar institutions outside the U.S. to apply for this $1 million award that is intended to encourage new, innovative ways of providing computer and Internet services to people who are otherwise without access, and to promote greater development of public access technology programs around the world. Visit the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for complete information.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
2013 Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
Deadline: October 1, 2013

As part of its going commitment to rural communities across the country, the Foundation for Rural Service provides annual grants for communities served by NTCA members. The goal of this program is to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants will be concentrated in four major areas:
Grants can range from $250 to $5000 that go back in to rural communities, every year.

FRS grants will allow rural communities to take that first step towards a project or plan that can help better the lives of those around them – whether it is smart boards in schools, a Main Street beautification project, better agricultural equipment for farms, start-up money for young entrepreneurs, or basic computer classes. These funds help rural Americans invest in their communities in meaningful ways.

The Foundation will give priority to proposals that foster collaboration among different community agencies, and local government, reflect a comprehensive approach to community development, promote community participation and engagement, and make rural communities a better place to live and work.

Download the 2013 FRS Grant Proposal Guidelines or find additional information on the Foundation for Rural Service at

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
ALA Traveling Exhibit: Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry
Deadline: September 30, 2013

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites applications for Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry, a project for public, academic and special libraries about the Dust Bowl. The project features a traveling exhibition of 300 square feet and a series of programs designed to help public audiences engage in discussions about the human and ecological consequences of one of America’s most disastrous environmental experiences. The exhibit and programs feature several overlapping humanities themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature, the many ways human beings respond to adversity; and how people came to understand and to describe the experience of living in the Plains during the Dust Bowl.

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Twenty-five sites will be selected to present the exhibition and associated public programs in their communities for a period of six weeks. All sites selected for the project will receive a grant of $1,200 for expenses related to public programs. Please see the project guidelines for more details. To begin the application process, go to
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Libri Foundation Grants for Children's Books
Deadlines for 2015: January 23rd and May 1st

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.

Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department. Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000.

The Foundation works with the library's Friends of the Library or other local organizations because they believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. The Friends, or other local sponsors, can contribute from $50 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the Foundation's BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.

The local librarian, familiar with the needs of the library and the community, selects the books the library will receive from the Foundation's 700-title booklist, which has been highly praised by participating librarians for the quality and variety of fiction and nonfiction titles offered. The books are used for storytelling; toddler, preschool, and after-school programs; summer reading programs; "book buddy" programs in which older children read to younger children; holiday programs; teacher check-out and curriculum support; early childhood development programs; school projects and to just provide children with a "good read."

For more information and to apply, visit the website

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
NEH Preservation Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline: May 1, 2013

Preservation Assistance Grants, awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), help small and mid-sized institutions, such as libraries, historical societies, and archival repositories, improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities that are the focus of their projects. Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply. A free webinar will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT to provide guidance on preparing Preservation Assistance Grant applications. Seating is limited. Register online for free. For additional information and grant application materials, go this website. The deadline to submit applications isfor projects beginning January 2014.

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Pushing the Limits Grants
Deadline: April 1, 2013 EXTENDED: May 15, 2013

The CALIFA Group (a California-based library consortium) presents Pushing the Limits: a Reading, Viewing, and Discussion Series for Rural Libraries. This program extends the building blocks of science literacy to two new audiences: rural librarians and adults in the communities they serve. 

The CALIFA Group is opening a national search for 75 rural libraries to join a grant project funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal is to strengthen adult science programming and resources in small and rural public libraries and to enhance public interest and involvement in STEM topics-- science, technology, engineering and math. Up to 75 public libraries in the United States will receive a grant of $2,500, program materials including videos, and will participate in an on-line training program. As part of the project, you will identify and work with a science partner to present the programs. The science partner should be a local scholar or someone who has knowledge of science. The project's professional development will include strategies for selecting and collaborating with a science partner. 

More details and the online application are available on the website.

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Friday, February 15, 2013
United for Libraries Citizens-Save-Libraries Grants
Deadline: Cycle 1 grants April 15, 2013; Cycle 2 grants April 15, 2014.

United for Libraries has secured $75,000 from the Neal-Schuman Foundation to support library advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets. The Citizens-Save-Libraries grants will send expert advocates to 20 locations over the course of 2 years to help Friends of the Library groups, library directors and Trustees  develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets. Selected libraries will receive two days of on-site, in-person training.

For more information and to apply, visit the website. 

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Grants
Deadline: February 28, 2013

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Grants provide funding up to $3,000 to public libraries and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to help with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs. Your organization must provide service within 20 miles of a Dollar General store. Programs must target Pre-K through 12th grade students who are new readers, below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities.

For more information and the online application, visit the grant website.
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Big Read Grants
Deadline: February 5, 2013

The Big Read is accepting applications to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2013 and June 2014. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations.

Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant (ranging from $2,500 to $20,000), educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected to develop and produce community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read Library. To review the guidelines and application instructions and start an application, visit The Big Read website.

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Monday, November 26, 2012
PLA Award Programs
Deadline: December 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM Central.

PLA’s awards programs honor those providing public library service whose vision and accomplishments are extraordinary and deserve recognition. To submit an application or nomination, please login to the PLA Awards Online Application. The awards include:

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NEH National Digital Newspaper Program
Deadline: January 17, 2013

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all U.S. states and territories. This searchable database will be maintained at the Library of Congress and freely accessible online.

One organization within each U.S. state or territory will receive an award to collaborate with relevant state partners in this effort. Previously funded projects will be eligible to receive supplements for continued work, but the program will give priority to new projects. In particular, the program will give priority to projects from states and territories that have not received NDNP funding.

In the last five competitions the National Digital Newspaper Program received an average of fifteen applications per year. The program made an average of eleven awards per year, for a funding ratio of 73 percent.

The application and more details are provided on the NEH website

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: September 24, 2012

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The program invests in the nation's information infrastructure by funding projects designed to address the education and training needs of the professionals who help build, maintain, and provide public access to information systems and sources.

In 2013, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will support projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and archivists, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and archivists. Grants will be awarded in the categories of doctoral programs, master's programs, early career development, programs to build institutional capacity, and continuing education.

Visit the IMLS website for complete program guidelines, eligibility requirements and application procedures.

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Grammy Foundation Grants in Music Preservation Projects
Deadline: October 1, 2012 (Letter of Inquiry)

Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation's grant program annually provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts and for scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

The archiving and preservation projects grant program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The archiving and preservation area has two funding categories — preservation implementation (grants of up to $20,000) and planning, assessment and/or consultation (grants of up to $5,000).

Visit the Grammy Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and the Letter of Inquiry form.

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Thursday, August 09, 2012
Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2012

Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $3,000 to promote its library and library services.

All proposals must use the 2013 National Library Week theme, Communities matter @ your library, which incorporates The Campaign for America’s Libraries’ @ your library brand, on any and all promotional and publicity material supporting National Library Week activities. Guidelines for using the brand are available on the campaign website.

The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and is administered by the Public Awareness Committee of the American Library Association (ALA). National Library Week is April 14-20, 2013.

A grant application form and guidelines are available on the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant website.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
ALA/NEH: Muslim Journeys, a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Grant Program
Deadline: September 25, 2012

Apply for the opportunity to help your patrons understand the people, places, history, faith, and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. 1,000 recipients will receive a collection of 25 books that highlight pluralism of cultural forms and traditions within the Muslim world; three documentary films; a subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online; additional resources such as essays, discussion questions and podcasts; and materials to support program promotion, including bookmarks, posters, and bookplates. These grants are provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with the ALA Public Programs Office.

All public libraries, community college and academic libraries, and state and territorial humanities councils in the US and its territories are eligible to apply for the Muslim Journeys collection.

In return for receiving a Bookshelf, libraries are required to organize programs that introduce the books and the Muslim Journeys themes to the library’s patrons and the broader community.

For more information, visit the website to review the grant guidelines, plan programs, and apply online for the collection.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Build-A-Bear Literacy and Education Grants
Deadline: August 31, 2012.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is accepting grant applications as part of its annual giving program. The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports charities in the US and Canada through grant programs including Literacy and Education Grants which provide support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs, and literacy programs for children with special needs. Grants are a one-time contribution, and range from $1,000 to $5,000 USD.

 For more information visit the Build-A-Bear Workshop website.
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations Grants
Deadlines: January 11, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

The Division of Public Programs at the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities funds humanities projects that are intended for broad public audiences at museums, libraries, historic sites and other historical and cultural organizations.

New application guidelines are now posted on the NEH Web site for the America's Historical and Cultural Organizations grant competition.

Grants support interpretive exhibitions, reading or film discussion series, historic site interpretation, lecture series and symposia, and digital projects. NEH especially encourages projects that offer multiple formats and make creative use of new technology to deliver humanities content.
America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations awards typically do not exceed $400,000, projects of a smaller scope are also considered. Example grant projects include:

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Monday, October 31, 2011
Become a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection
The Foundation Center is looking for host organizations to join their network of more than 450 Cooperating Collections across the country and in several locations around the world. These funding information centers are available to grantseekers at no cost and and provide access to Foundation Directory Online grantseeking database, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, Philanthropy In/Sight, an interactive mapping tool that reveals patterns of giving and funding relationships, a core collection of Foundation Center directories and publications, and a selection of supplementary materials and services in areas useful to grantseekers. The CCs offer educational sessions for the public, including classes on the basics of grantseeking and dialogues with local donors. And they serve as hosts for free Center webinars and the Center's fee-based, full-day grantseeker training courses.

The Foundation Center is expanding the CC network to ensure that grantseekers across the nation, and selectively in other locations around the globe, have access to high-quality resources and expertise, enabling them to attract and sustain support for their organizations. Qualified institutions include (but are not limited to):
Host institutions must:
More details are available on the Foundation Center website.
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Friday, September 16, 2011 - Give the gift of learning - GoWhile not officially a grant, I couldn't resist posting this wonderful website for public school teachers AND public school librarians. You can post your project and list resources requested and then individual donors view proposals and make donations. 63% of projects get fully funded, and $86 million dollars has been donated to over 210,000 projects. Each proposal gets its own page with a written description from the teacher and detailed information on the classroom, project, school and funding needed. Since many individuals prefer to give locally, make sure your school library has a proposal available on for funding!
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Beyond Words: the Dollar General School Library Relief Fund
Deadline: Ongoing, applications reviewed monthly,

Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General.

Grants will be awarded to public school libraries that have incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. Grants for $5,000 to $15,000 are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting. The impact can be through direct loss or through an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuated students. More information and the grant application are available through the AASL website.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
ALTAFF Major Benefactor Citation
Deadline: Ongoing

While this is not a grant, it could be a nice way to recognize your library's major contributors and grant funders. The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awards the Major Benefactor Citation to recognize individuals, families, or corporations that have given them major tangible gifts. The citation comes with a plaque for the library, a plaque for the donor, a library celebration, and a library press release to let the community know that gifts to the library are truly appreciated and make a real difference.

Libraries may apply for the Major Benefactor Citation at any time by visiting the website. Requirements include benefits to the library in the form of money, real or personal property, negotiable paper or other tangible contributions, endorsement by the Board of Trustees of the library involved and a fee of $400 ($300 for ALTAFF members) to cover all administrative costs and materials.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011
The Wish You Well Foundation Literacy Grants
Deadline: Ongoing

Established in 2002, the Wish You Well Foundation has the mission of "supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs." Visit the foundation website for a link to the short proposal and a list of past funded programs, including public and school libraries. The Wish You Well Foundation reviews donation requests with a wide array of funding needs. Most requests range from $200 to $10,000. Organizations are reminded to base their requested amount on the program's unique needs for funding.
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
Winning Grants Is Published!

By Pamela H. MacKellar and Stephanie K. Gerding

The step-by-step tutorial you need to win grants for your library! Written by two experts who have won millions in grants from an astonishing variety of funding sources, Winning Grants is a combination workbook, how-to-manual, and multimedia workshop. Now presented in Neal-Schuman’s newly-revised How-To-Do-It series layout, Winning Grants gives you MacKellar and Gerding’s combined decades of successful grant-getting techniques in an accessible design so you can master these complex processes more easily.

Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians With Multimedia Tutorials And Grant Development Tools will help you stay on track, keep you organized, and take you through the grant process cycle, starting with your library goals and finishing with a successful grant proposal.

For more information visit the Winning Grants website, or order now from Neal-Schuman Publishers.

ISBN 978-1-55570-700-2. 2010. 8.5 x 11. 275 pp. Book and Multimedia DVD: $99.95.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
NEA Grants to Educators: Learning & Leadership Grants and Student Achievement Grants
Deadlines: June 1, October 15, and February 1.

The National Endowment for the Arts Foundation has two primary grant categories open to public education professionals: Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants. Applications for both can be completed online.

Learning & Leadership grants provide opportunities for teachers, education support professionals, library media specialists, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in professional growth. The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study.

Student Achievement grants provide $5,000 to improve the academic achievement of students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.
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Monday, February 08, 2010
Pepsi Refresh Grant Project
Deadline: New Grant Cycle Every Month

In an effort to support those who generate innovative, optimistic ideas, the Pepsi Refresh Project (, will award more than $20 million in 2010 to move communities forward.  The program launched on January 13 and exceeded expectations by receiving the monthly limit of 1,000 submissions in less than seven days with at least one from each state in the U.S.  So submit your grant project as close to the first of the month as possible.

Individuals and organizations can apply for grants to benefit a variety of projects and site visitors vote for the best ideas for funding.  Pepsi will fund projects that make a difference in six categories: Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods and Education. Simply submit an idea and get your supporters to vote and vote and vote — the projects with the highest number of votes each month win the grant. Grants are accepted for $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 or $250,000.
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USDA Funding for Rural Libraries
United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Housing and Community Facilities Program - Designated Funding for Public Libraries

This American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding for Rural Libraries is a grant and/or loan opportunity for libraries serving communities of 20,000 and less. The Secretary of Agriculture has designated $100 million of USDA’s Community Facilities funds for public libraries. The stimulus funding will help give rural communities the opportunity to improve their library facilities, enhance educational opportunities, and improve economic conditions in America’s rural communities.

Loans and grants are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, and special-purpose districts, as well as non-profit corporations and tribal governments. Applicants must have the legal authority necessary for construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed facility. They must also be financially sound and able to organize and manage the facility effectively.

Funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve public libraries. This can include costs to acquire land needed for a facility, pay necessary professional fees, and purchase equipment required for a facility’s operation. Funds can be used to purchase shelving, furniture, computers, audio-visual equipment, distance learning equipment, and bookmobiles. A loan may be made in combination with other Community Facilities financial assistance such as a grant, applicant contributions, or loans and grants from other sources.

Applications are handled by USDA Rural Development field offices. Rural Development staff will be glad to discuss a community’s needs and the services available from USDA. Field staff can provide application materials and current program information, and assist in the preparation of an application. You may also visit their website at

Interested applicants and lenders may also contact the Housing and Community Programs National Office staff at the following address:
USDA Rural Development, Community Programs Division, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-0700 Phone: (202) 720-1490; Fax: (202) 690-0471

There is also a fact sheet available at:
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Funding Resources for Libraries Handout
Today, Pam and Stephanie are presenting an online webinar, "Winning Grants for Libraries 101", as part of the Alliance Library System and Learning Times “The Art of Grant Writing and Fundraising” conference. We have a handout to share that lists resources for finding funding. It is available online:

Our publisher is giving a 10% discount on our book, Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual and CD for Librarians. They've also extended this to you, our grant blog readers! The code is GLIB10, and can be used on the Neal-Schuman website during check-out.
For more information about the conference, visit:
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Monday, November 09, 2009
A discount code for our blog readers!
As part of an online class we are giving next week, our publisher is giving a 10% discount to attendees on our book, Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual and CD for Librarians. They've also extended this to you, our grant blog readers! The code is GLIB10, and can be used on the Neal-Schuman web site during check-out.

Stephanie and Pam's online webinar, "Winning Grants for Libraries 101", is part of an online conference next Thursday. Hope to "see" you there!

The Art of Grant Writing and Fundraising
When: November 19, 2009

In these tough economic times, libraries are relying more and more on fundraising and grant writing. Alliance Library System and Learning Times are co-sponsoring “The Art of Grant Writing and Fundraising” as an online conference to help libraries meet the challenge of finding funding in these tough times. This exciting program will offer a number of programs for beginners through intermediate and advanced levels of all aspects of grant writing and fundraising.

The cost of the one day online event is $69.00. For a group, the price is $99.00. If this registration fee is a hardship, please email Alliance Library System Director of Innovation Lori Bell, lbell @ alliancelibrarysystem, for a discount coupon of $20 off registration price.

Library students can attend for free.

More information, including registration, is available at:
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Jenny Jones Community Grant Program
Deadline: Ongoing
Talk show host and philanthropist Jenny Jones has announced that she will donate an additional $1 million to continue her Jenny's Heroes ( ) community grantprogram. The Jenny's Heroes program awards grants to individuals who submit the best ideas for tangible, lasting community projects. Jenny's Heroes provides grants of up to $25,000 each to fund projects that promise long-term community benefits. Through the fifty grant recipients so far, funds have been used to provide items and services such as library books, school computers, and coats for children in domestic violence shelters. The program's focus is primarily on smaller communities where fundraising can be difficult. For more information on Jenny's Heroes and grant guidelines, visit the program's Web site. RFP Link:
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Seeds for Education Grant
Deadline: Nov. 15

Are you planning a library garden? Wild Ones is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the use of natural landscaping with native plant species as an ecologically better alternative to traditional landscaping practices. Eligible applicants include schools, nature centers and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning including houses of worship. Project goals should focus on the enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants. Projects must emphasize involvement of students and volunteers and increase the educational value of the site. Creativity in design is encouraged, but must show complete and thoughtful planning. The use of and teaching about native plants and the native plant community is mandatory, and they must be appropriate to the local ecoregion and the site conditions (soil, water, sunlight).
Examples of appropriate projects are:

Cash awards range from $100 to $500 for the purchase of native plants and seed. More information and the application are available on the Seeds for Education Web Site.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Usborne Literacy for a Lifetime Matching Grants
Deadline: Ongoing

This is a matching grant program for schools and organizations that support literacy, including churches, to buy Usborne books. If your school or organization receives a grant or donation and uses it to purchase Usborne Books, EDC (Educational Development Corporation) will match it by 50% in additional books.

For example, a $1,000 grant is matched with an additional $500 and the organization receives $1,500 in educational Usborne Books for their use. Literacy for a Lifetime can be used as often as grants or donations become available, and there is no cap on the amount matched. The receiving school or organization can select the books, from over 1,400 titles. The books are shipped free (within the US).

For more information, visit To view titles, visit

If you would like a free informational packet, e-mail Krissi Newtown krissi @, Certified Educational Consultant.
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Pathways Within: Roads to Reading Initiative
Pathways Within: Roads to Reading Initiative
Deadlines: March 15th & October 15th

Pathways Within, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 organization that was established in 1993 to assist communities that are underserved. The Road to Reading Initiative's mission is to provide quality reading and educational materials to underserved small and rural communities (with a population of fewer than 50,000) in the United States.

Eligible programs for book donations include: after-school or community literacy programs, day-care centers programs, library reading programs, storytime programs, and reading centers. They will make donations to library collections available for students and for direct use. Most titles are in English with a limited number of books in Spanish (titles are listed on the website). On average 100 to 200 books are awarded per grantee.

Visit the website for application information or email Pathways Within, Inc. at
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Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Pay It Forward Foundation Mini-Grants
Deadlines: January 15, April 15 and October 15 of each year

The Pay It Forward Foundation Mini-Grant program was established to inspire students to realize that they can change the world. Grants fund service-oriented projects that are identified by youth as activities they would like to perform to benefit their school, neighborhood, or greater community.

Projects must contain a “pay it forward” focus – that is, they must be based on the concept of one person doing a favor for others, who in turn do favors for others, with the results growing exponentially – to be considered in the grant making process.

Schools, churches, and community youth groups may apply for mini-grants of up to $500. Because funding is limited, projects requesting smaller amounts will be given priority. Additional information and the application are available on the foundation website.
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