The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant is an annual grant to recognize, promote and support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. One library will be selected to receive $2,000 in order to advance its community engagement efforts. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students or local organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.
School, public, academic, tribal or special libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for an innovative and meaningful library-led community engagement project.
Project activities may include:
- Developing direct/sustained/innovative community engagement programs and services
- Partnering with a community agency/organization/department that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue
- Creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern
- Creating and publishing educational or promotional materials for the greater library community and/or presenting an innovative/model program at conferences