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: http://talkstorytogether.org/grants
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: https://johncottondana.nonprofitcms.org/awards.
ALA's Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
The ALA Learning Round Table will award $1000 for the award recipient to attend a professional development event between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 and to share their 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 named after 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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LearnRT.
IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
Deadline: February 3, 2014
The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. These small 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. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums 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, 2014. Visit the websites for program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity.
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.
2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
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.
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 http://www.neabigread.org/application_process.php for more information. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.
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:
- Projects involving preservation, in any valid and reasonable fashion, such as providing a collection with proper climate control, moving a collection to facilities with proper storage conditions, re-sleeving a collection of discs, setting up a volunteer project to organize and inventory a stored collection, rescuing recordings from danger, copying recordings on endangered or unstable media, etc.;
- Projects promoting public access to recordings;
- Projects involving commercial as well as private, instantaneous recordings;
- Projects involving collections anywhere in the world (non-U.S. applicants are encouraged to apply).
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.
Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust Teen Grants
The Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust awards small grants (under $5,000) for school and public libraries seeking to offer innovative programs that promote reading for pleasure for teenagers. Applications that feature new or creative programs will receive special consideration over those simply seeking funds for collection development or for a book discussion group. Application information is available on the website: http://www.carr.org/mae/trust.html.
NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Deadline: December 12, 2013
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 therefore helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically 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 will 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: http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/sustaining-cultural-heritage-collections.
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.
For more information and the application form, please visit http://dia.ala.org/dia-2014-mini-grants-available.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Festivals and performances in spaces not normally used for such purposes
- Public art that improves public spaces and strategically reflects or shapes the physical and social character of a community
- Support for creative entrepreneurship
- Design of cultural spaces – new or adaptive reuse
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.
YALSA 2014 Dollar General Summer Reading Grants
Deadline: January 1, 2014
YALSA has two types of grants funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation:
- The Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant will award $1,000 to each of 20 libraries for the purpose of hiring summer teen interns to assist with summer reading activities.
- The Summer Reading Resources Grant will award $1,000 to each of 20 libraries in need with the purpose of helping them purchase resources to bolster their teen summer reading program.
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant Program
Deadline: March 15, 2014
- Ongoing pen-pal projects bringing disparate communities together,
- Multi-cultural portrait projects,
- Art projects culminating in art shows, murals, or quilts,
- Creation and performance of puppet shows or plays,
- Inter-generational journals.
ALA Traveling Exhibition: Changing America
Due: October 21, 2013
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.
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:
- Keeping Kids Safe and Supported in the Hours After School – Programs that are providing a positive, encouraging and socio-emotionally supportive environment that helps students feel safe, reduces problem behavior, and keeps kids engaged and excited about learning.
- The Role of Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards – Programs that are intentionally and successfully offering programming that supports student learning toward the Common Core standards and promotes the habits of mind (knowledge, skills and dispositions) that are reflected in the Common Core in order to help students become college and career ready.
- Students with Disabilities and Other Special Needs and Afterschool – Programs that are providing an environment that strengthens the self-confidence, perseverance and emotional wellbeing of children with disabilities and other special needs, giving them the tools to learn, play and succeed side-by-side with children of all abilities.
- Why Data Matters: How Afterschool Programs Use Data to Improve Programming – Programs that are successfully improving their programming and ability to serve children in their community based on data collected by the program, data gathered from partners (e.g., schools, other afterschool programs, community-based organizations), and/or program evaluation data prepared by outside entities.
Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award
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:
- Business Development
- Community Development
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 http://www.frs.org/rural-community-outreach/grant-program.
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 http://apply.ala.org/dustbowl.
Libri Foundation Grants for Children's Books
Deadlines for 2013: May 15th, August 15
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 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."
Target Early Childhood Reading Grant
Deadline: April 30, 2013
Reading grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting K-3 reading programs such as weekend 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.
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.
Pushing the Limits Grants
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.
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.
StoryCorps @ your library Grants
Deadline: January 18, 2013
StoryCorps @ your library (SCL), is a two-year program created by the American Library Association (ALA) in partnership with StoryCorps, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, designed to encourage multi-format public programming on broad themes of oral narrative, and local and family history that may be tailored to specific locales, holidays, or heritage months. This project will serve public libraries as they seek to expand their influence and capital in their communities by connecting them with the powerful resources and branding available through a StoryCorps partnership.
ALA and StoryCorps will select ten pilot sites, determined by their level of interest and ability to successfully carry out the project, with an eye toward geographical and demographic diversity.
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.
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.
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:
- Allie Beth Martin Award: Honors a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge. A plaque and a $3,000 honorarium are awarded.
- Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award: Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses. The grant consists of $2,500 of Audio Music or Video Products.
- Charlie Robinson Award: Honors a public library director who, over a period of 7 years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. The award consists of $1,000 and a gift.
- DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant: Designed to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities. Plaques and travel grants of up to $1,500 per applicant are awarded.
- EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award: Honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. A plaque and a $1,000 honorarium awarded.
- Gordon M. Conable Award: Honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. The award consists of $1,500 and a plaque.
- Highsmith Library Innovation Award: Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community. A plaque and a $2,000 honorarium are awarded.
- Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award: Recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque and a bouquet of roses for the workplace.
- Romance Writers of America Library Grant: Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of print or audio books and programming expenses.
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.
The application and more details are provided on the NEH website.
ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grants
Deadline: November 2, 2012
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:
- focus on American libraries
- demonstrate how the project would stimulate the use of library resources
- have the potential appeal and usefulness to a broad audience
- be intended for national distribution
- meet a need for publication
- be completed within two years.
- be new or in process. Completed works, works under contract for publication, or projects associated with the completion of academic work are not eligible.
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: September 24, 2012
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.
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).
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.
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.
The American Dream Starts @ your library
Deadline: August 26, 2012
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:
- A public library or library system with a demonstrated need and the capacity to provide literacy services for adult English language learners.
- Applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center, or corporate office (please visit the Dollar General Store Locator online).
- Libraries and library systems that have previously received American Dream grants are eligible to apply.
Build-A-Bear Literacy and Education Grants
Deadline: August 31, 2012.
For more information visit the Build-A-Bear Workshop website.
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.
- traveling exhibitions that are presented at multiple venues;
- long-term exhibitions at one institution;
- interpretive websites or other digital formats;
- interpretation of historic places or areas;
- reading and discussion programs;
- panel exhibitions that travel widely, reach a broad audience, and take advantage of complementary programming formats (e.g., reading and discussion series, radio, or other media) to enhance the visitor experience; and
- other project formats that creatively engage audiences in humanities ideas.
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):
- Public, academic, or special libraries
- Nonprofit resource centers
- Community or other foundations
- State associations
- United Way agencies
- Non-governmental organizations in locations outside the U.S.
- Be open to the public, without restriction, at least 25 hours per week
- Be located in an area serving at least 100 nonprofit organizations
- Provide access to a computer(s) connected to the Internet for public use
- Have staff available to develop expertise in foundation funding resources and to assist the public in their use
- Be prepared to offer public training on the basics of grantseeking
- Send a representative to regional and/or national meetings of Cooperating Collection supervisors held at various locations and/or participate in virtual conferences held by the Center
- Pay an annual membership fee of $995 (billed on a calendar year basis)
While 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 DonorsChoose.org for funding!
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.
ALTAFF Major Benefactor Citation
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.
The Wish You Well Foundation Literacy Grants
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.
Winning Grants Is Published!
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.
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 (www.refresheverything.com), 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.
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 http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rhs.
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: http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/USDA.pdf
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: http://www.learningtimes.net/fundraisingconference.
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: http://www.learningtimes.net/fundraisingconference.
Jenny Jones Community Grant Program
Talk show host and philanthropist Jenny Jones has announced that she will donate an additional $1 million to continue her Jenny's Heroes ( http://www.jennysheroes.com/ ) 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: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15016232/jennysheroes
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:
- The design, establishment and maintenance of a native plant community such as prairie, woodland, wetland etc. in an educational setting such as an outdoor classroom.
- Developing and maintaining an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities.
- Developing a wetland area to study the effect of native vegetation on water quality improvement.
- Group student-teacher research projects aimed at documenting the presence, behaviors, needs and contributions of various forms of wildlife and the impact of native plant species.
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.
Usborne Literacy for a Lifetime Matching Grants
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 www.literacyforalifetime.com. To view titles, visit www.readingstars.us.
If you would like a free informational packet, e-mail Krissi Newtown krissi @ readingstars.us, Certified Educational Consultant.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
NLM Individual Fellowship for Informationist Training
Deadline: Multiple Receipt Dates
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) awards informationist fellowships to those wish to become informationists. Informationists are information specialists who work in domain settings of healthcare, public health and biomedical research as peers, in teams with scientists and health professionals. These fellowships are intended for health sciences librarians, scientists, health professionals and others who wish to broaden their existing scientific background by acquiring the additional disciplinary knowledge and experience to function as an informationist. Priority fields include but are not limited to library and information sciences, health professions, biomedical and behavioral sciences, public health, engineering and computer science.
For additional information visit the link to the full announcement.
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31
Want to teach youth about the environment? Start a library garden project, recyling program, or other hands-on environmental education programming. The Captain Planet Foundation awards grants in the amount of $250 - $2,500. The Foundation's objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. The application process (a short online form) and more details are on the website.
ALL PROJECTS MUST:
Promote understanding of environmental issues
Focus on hands-on involvement
Involve children and young adults ages 6-18
Promote interaction and cooperation within the group
Help young people develop planning and problem solving skills
Include adult supervision
Commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation
The Reviews are In!
Stephanie and Pam's book, Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual, was published in 2006. Order it from the Neal-Schuman website or order from Amazon.com.
Library Journal, Starred Review:
“Grants for Libraries is like the Boy Scouts’ field manual when it comes to grant-writing and development: it is an essential, authoritative, step-by-step guidebook to securing the funding your library needs….this essential “how-to” manual makes a complex topic comprehensible. Grab it and go “granting”!”
"This book should be at the side of every grant-writing librarian."
"Although having a genie to grant all your funding requests might be handy, a better bet is to follow the advice of Stephanie K Gerding and Pamela H MacKellar."
Midwest Book Review:
"A "must-have" resource especially for library professionals."
"This book is an appropriate purchase not just for the individual teacher-librarian who needs a short course in grant writing but also for a district director who intends to provide professional development on this topic. This book can also be used as a text in a library school seminar or in a continuing education workshop. It is certainly a text worth considering. Bottom line: Recommended."
RGK Foundation Grant Program
RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Medicine/Health.
The Foundation's primary interests within Education include formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), literacy, and higher education. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include children and family services, early childhood development, and parenting education. The Foundation's interests within Health/Medicine are programs that promote the health and well-being of children and families, programs that promote access to health services, and, on a more limited basis, medical research programs. Youth development programs supported by the Foundation typically include after-school educational enrichment programs that supplement and enhance formal education systems to increase the chances for successful outcomes in school and life.
All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the Web site as the first step.
Brinker International Foundation Grants
Brinker International (includes Chili’s Grill & Bar, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, and Maggiano’s Little Italy) gives to the communities where its restaurants are located. If there is a Brinker International restaurant in your community, you may be eligible to apply for funding. The company's Web site states that they give over $3 million a year to a diverse variety of local fund-raising activities. The objective of the Brinker International Foundation is to support programs and projects that are affiliated with Children/Family, Arts, Civic, and University related educational programs.
The exact amount requested and the specific purpose for the donation should be briefly summarized on 1-2 typewritten pages. Visit Brinker International's Web site for more information about proposal guidelines and funding restrictions.
The Dreyer's Foundation Small Grants and Product Donations
The Dreyer's Foundation makes small grants ($3,000 or less) and donates ice cream products and gift certificates/auction items to nonprofit organizations for events. Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis. A one-page letter with brief information is all that is required. To view specifics and contact information, visit the Dreyer's Foundation website at http://www.dreyersinc.com/dreyersfoundation/small_grants.asp.
Source: grantsTX mailing list
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Deadline: July 15 (every year)
Applications must be requested from April 1 through July 1. Proposals are accepted from nonprofit organizations with projects that support the foundation’s purpose of contributing to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about a) new and innovative organizations and their programs designed to benefit youth or b) by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society. Grants range from $1,500 to $70,000, with an average grant amount of $32,000. Grants must have the potential of helping American children in a large geographic area. More information, including contact address for proposal is included on the The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation website.
Paul Allen Family Foundation Grants
The mission of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is to transform individual lives and strengthen communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge, and promoting social progress. The Community Development and Social Change Program has previously funded new library construction and renovation. To be eligible, you must be serving populations of the Pacific Northwest, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. More details including how to apply are on the Foundation's website (http://www.pgafoundations.com).
Prudential Foundation Ready to Learn Program
Ready to Learn funds initiatives that strengthen public education at the elementary school level. Emphasis is put on systemic school reform; improving teacher and educational leadership skills; increasing parental involvement; arts education; early childhood care and education; and bolstering literacy in the early years.
The Foundation has geographic priorities, including programs that serve Newark and surrounding New Jersey urban centers, and the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Application and more information available on the website.
Laura Bush Foundation Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries recognizes the critical and special needs of many schools in the areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma along the Gulf Coast of the US this past year. A special fund has been established to refurbish and re-establish the libraries for schools in the areas of these natural disasters. The goal of the fund is to help school libraries become fully functional and to offer the needed print resources to the students of the schools that were destroyed or severely damaged.
A questionnaire/application for funds is available through www.laurabushfoundation.org. Applicant schools should provide the required information, as outlined in the questionnaire, in a 3-5 page narrative. A first round of two to four grants will be made by late April, and further grants are anticipated to be made as funds become available.
W. K. Kellogg Foundation Grants
Grants are made in the four areas of: Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Online applications are encouraged. Most Kellogg Foundation grants are awarded in: the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and seven southern African countries – Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Guidelines, programming interests and more details are available on the Kellogg Foundation website.
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Research Library Program Grants
The Research Library Program concentrates primarily in areas of its founders’ interests and the Foundation’s other program areas (humanities scholarship, performing arts, and Venetian history and culture). The objective of the program is to improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of humanities scholarship and the performing arts, and to help make their resources more widely accessible to scholars and the public. The foundation is interested in library grants that promote cooperative cataloging projects, with an emphasis on access to archival, manuscript, and other unique sources; some elements of interpretation and exhibition; scholarly library publications; bibliographical and publishing projects of interest to research libraries; and preservation / conservation work and research. A limited number of small grants are available for projects related to the history of the book, book culture, printing history, and related programs. Grants for conferences designed to address these issues in collaborative ways and programs formulated to enhance or leverage similar activity by other institutions, consortia, or funding agencies will also be considered.
Application requires a two page letter of inquiry to the Foundation. For more information, visit the foundation website.
First Book National Book Bank Offers Free Books for Children
The First Book National Book Bank (FBNBB) provides new books to children from low-income families across the country using generous donations from children's book publishers, service donors, and volunteers. Eligible organizations include non profit organizations with at least 80% of their children coming from low-income families and Title 1 schools. The books must become the personal property of the children. Receiving books through the First Book National Book Bank (FBNBB) is a two-step process. First, you must register at the FBNBB website. After you register, you will receive notifications via e-mail or fax alerting you when book distribution applications are available. Filling out the application is the second step. Through the FBNBB, your program may receive up to three books per child once a calendar year. View the FBNBB’s Frequently Asked Questions.
The Lisa Libraries Book Donation Program
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.
International Paper Company Foundation Grants
Deadline: Varies according to location
International Paper Company is the world's largest paper and forest products company. These grants support programs in the areas of education, employee involvement, and community development. The Foundation's primary focus is education - specifically environmental, economic and literacy programs for young children. Education grants focus on career development for minorities, enviromental education, and literacy. Employee-involvement grants support nonprofit organizations at which International Paper Company employees volunteer. Community-development grants provide seed money for new projects that benefit communities where the company has operations. Additional information and the application are available on the foundation's website.
Verizon Foundation Grants
Deadline: Continuous from from Jan. 1 - Nov. 30
Verizon Foundation provides support to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations within the US. The foundation supports the following funding priorities: literacy, domestic violence prevention, and technology. Verizon strives to transform the way private, public, and non-profit sectors work together in building collaborative partnerships.
Grant-making is not just in dollar amounts. The Verizon Foundation and partners also offer volunteers, Internet training, and Web developers.
Verizon Foundation only accepts proposals through an electronic Apply Online process. For eligiblity requirements, guidelines and a FAQ, visit the Foundation's website.
Bank of the West Charitable Contributions Program
The mission of the Bank's Charitable Contributions Program is to support nonprofit organizations that contribute to educational, civic, cultural, health and human care needs, and is committed to improving the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents within the communities in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Literacy and library programs for youth and adults are one of their supported Charitable Giving Categories.
See website for specific information and criteria required in a request.
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble considers requests for local and regional support from non-profit organizations in the communities they serve. Funding is focused on support of organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (K - 12). Barnes & Noble assess the merit of each request on an individual basis. For more information, visit the website.
Rosie O'Donnell's For All Kids Foundation
Rosie O'Donnell established her For All Kids Foundation, Inc. to provide financial support to nonprofit programs serving economically disadvantaged and at-risk children and their families. The foundation helps thousands of children across the country through grant awards to child care, after-school, education and other essential programs. The foundation's main focus is center-based child care, and first priority is given to programs serving low-income, urban areas, where many families struggle to find quality child care and early childhood education programs. Grants are only awarded to organizations with IRS §501(c)(3) classification as described in §509(a). Organizations applying for funds should submit a letter of intent of no more than three typewritten pages. Rosie's For All Kids Foundation encourages organizations to focus on a specific program and/or project when requesting assistance. For more information, visit the website.