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Monday, June 21, 2021

ALA Grants--Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries

Deadline: September 16, 2021

The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for round three of grant funding to help  address issues of concern in their communities. The goals of these grants are to teach library workers facilitation skills, through the LTC: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries asynchronous six-part e-course and facilitation guide, that will empower them to lead a community conversation and to provide flexible funding to support libraries’ community engagement efforts.

Up to 100 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000, online professional development, and resources to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Applicants must have a membership with either the American Library Association OR the Association for Rural & Small Libraries. This opportunity is open to all types of libraries serving small and/or rural communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines libraries serving small communities as those with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and a rural community as one that is more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area.

Libraries that previously were awarded LTC: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grants are eligible to apply for additional funding to expand their previously awarded projects.

For more information, and to apply, visit the website

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

FREE Library Journal Webcast: New Federal Funding for Libraries: What It Means For You

Event Time: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Pacific, 10AM Mountain, 11AM Central, 12 Eastern

Learn about the brand new funding for public libraries that the Federal government has made available through the American Rescue Plan Act and the Federal Communication Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund.

In this webcast, we will cover how many millions are included; how libraries can get it directly from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through their state library, or from the FCC; what expenses are eligible to spend it on; and more. Led by Stephanie Gerding (me!), writer of ALA's Winning Grants, Second Edition, the Library Grants blog, and library grants expert.

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Presented by: Kajeet, Baker & Taylor, Bibliotheca, Brainfuse, Playaway, and Library Journal


Presenters:
Michael Flood, GM/SVP of Education Markets, Kajeet
Jason Broughton, State Librarian, Vermont Department of Libraries
Thomas McMurdo, Assistant State Librarian, Information & Access, Vermont Department of Libraries
Joshua Muse, Library Consultant, Vermont Department of Libraries
Cynthia Landrum, Deputy Director, Library Services, IMLS
Catherine Prince, Federal Programs Consultant, State Library of North Carolina

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

IMLS American Rescue Plan Act Grants ($15 Million)

Deadline: June 28, 2021

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has a new funding opportunity for museums, libraries, and Native American and Native Hawaiian communities. This $15 million federal investment will provide support to address community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery. Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $10,000-$50,000.

Proposals may continue, enhance, or expand existing programs and services, or they may launch new ones to address emergent needs and unexpected hardships. Reflecting IMLS’s goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, successful projects for this grant program will:
  • Advance digital inclusion through approaches that may include, but are not limited to, improving digital platforms, online services, connectivity (e.g., hotspots), and creating digital literacy programs, as well as creating new processes and procedures needed to sustain a robust online environment.
  • Support hiring new staff and training or retraining existing staff to ensure a workforce that has the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Build community-focused partnerships, networks, and alliances with organizations with an emphasis on complementing, rather than duplicating, resources and services.
  • Support the creation and delivery of online and in-person educational, interpretive, and experiential programs and exhibitions for learners of all ages.
  • Provide trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue to foster recovery and rebuilding.
  • Support efforts to collect, preserve, manage, and interpret documentary sources and tangible objects representing all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic experience.
Award announcements will be announced in October 2021. Make sure you register early for a D-U-N-S® number; register with the System of Award Management (SAM) at sam.gov, and create a Grants.gov account.

Application: To apply for this grant, view the Notice of Funding Opportunity for all details, and visit the IMLS website.

NEA Grants for Arts Projects

Deadline: July 8, 2021 (register on SAM.gov no later than June 16, 2021)

These National Endowment for the Arts grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Projects may consist of one or more specific events or activities. Applicants may be nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes with small, medium, or large budgets, and from rural to urban communities.

Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. Earliest announcement of grant award is April 2022. For more information, visit the website and navigate the links on the upper left-hand side of the page.

Monday, May 24, 2021

FTRF Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Grants

Deadline: June 4, 2021

Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to non-profit organizations including all types of libraries, schools,  universities to support activities which raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration (Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021). Grants are awarded at two levels, $1,000 and $2,500. 

Create an exciting program, host a community conversation, or create an eye-catching display celebrating the freedom to read! Because of COVID-19, entries for virtual projects are welcome this year. 

For more information and to apply, visit www.ftrf.org/?page=Krug_BBW.

NASA@ My Library Grant

Deadline: July 21, 2021

NASA@ My Library is a STEM education initiative created to increase and enhance STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underrepresented in STEAM education. 

Sixty U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to become NASA@ My Library Partners. They will receive training and resources to implement NASA events and programming, access to a university Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support patron engagement, and a $1,600 programming stipend to purchase materials for NASA STEAM activities and/or support presentations by local NASA-funded SMEs.  

NASA@ My Library is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and Education Development Center (EDC).

Application: For more information, including the application, project guidelines, and frequently asked questions, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/nasalibraries

NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Deadline: June 24, 2021

Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities from organizations of all types and sizes. The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability.  Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are valued in this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. 

IMLS funding will encourage innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, and relevant public communities that advance preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services to empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, and strengthen knowledge networks. This could include collaborations with community-based archives, community-driven efforts, and institutions or initiatives representing the traditionally underserved. 

The maximum award amounts are:
  • Level I: $50,000
  • Level II: $100,000
  • Level III: $325,000 in outright funds, with an additional $50,000 in matching funds
Examples of an expected output include: article; digital material and publication; workshop; report; teaching resources; digital infrastructure; and software. Projects can be carried out during a time period of up to thirty-six months.

Application: Please visit the website at https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants for more details and application information.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

What's the most important part of a grant proposal?! The abstract/summary! It's the first impression and critical to success. It is often carefully scrutinized to determine if the proposal should be considered, so it should be able to stand on its own. Even though it is often placed at the beginning of a grant proposal, it isn't an introduction. Instead, it should include all the elements of your grant proposal. Write it last to make it shine!


State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grants

Deadline: Opens June 2, 2021; closes after 2,000 submissions. Plan ahead!

 State Farm Neighborhood Assist offers $25,000 grants to support Neighborhood Improvement Projects  throughout the United States. Submissions are accepted for any cause that would help enhance a local neighborhood. The program has three phases:
1) Individuals submit causes they think deserve a $25,000 grant.
2) The State Farm Review Committee narrows down the submissions to the top 200 and pairs them with nonprofit organizations that can help make them happen.
3) The public votes to select the top 40 causes.

Each winning cause that meets all of the entry criteria will receive a $25,000 grant, which is provided to the eligible nonprofit that administers the cause. If the administrators of the cause are not eligible, a qualified nonprofit organization can be selected whom they are associated with to accept the grant on their behalf. The submission process opens on June 2, 2021, and will close when 2,000 submissions have been made. Visit the State Farm Neighborhood Assist website to download the 2021 Submission Guide and prepare for June 2nd.

Friday, May 14, 2021

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, homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, 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. Since its founding, the Lisa Libraries has contributed over 350,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country. Visit the website for easy application criteria.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

May 13 Webinar! Winning Library Grants: Demystifying the Process

Date of webinar: May 13, 2021 10:00 AM PT (11 MT, 12 CT, 1 ET)

Missed the live webinar? The recording, downloadable slides, and a resources handout are available at: https://4libraries.thinkific.com for a $29 payment. Online course and live webinars also available. Thanks to everyone who attended. It was wonderful! 

Need a boost in motivation or skills for your grant work? Whether you are new to grant work or want a few new tips, discover the confidence and practical knowledge you need to win library grants with Stephanie Gerding, library grants expert and author of ALA’s Winning Grants.

Together we will go step by step through an easy-to-follow process for successful grant work. Using this proven strategy for success, you will learn the best method for writing winning grant proposals! Discover the most important thing to keep in mind when doing library grant work, find out what what funders are looking for in a successful grant proposal, and how to bring clarity and professionalism to your grant proposals.

Libraries are eligible for billions of dollars in recovery funding as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 passed in March, 2021. There are lots of grant opportunities! Learn tips for writing LSTA grants and getting the funding your community deserves. Shortcuts, practical advice, and a valuable handout will be shared. You CAN win grants for your library!

 Special pricing: $39.00 includes recording and handout.

Registration has ended.


Recent (2021) webinar feedback:

  • "​This was one of the best webinars I have attended.  And I now have a grant opportunity that I plan to apply for right away! I am very grateful for this."
  • "This was a fantastic presentation. I've already suggested it to coworkers and I'm excited to implement some of these tips in future grants."
  • ​"This webinar is very timely and informative, especially considering the current climate.  The pandemic is wrecking havoc on most businesses, including libraries.  Because we have to find new methods to appeal to and support our patrons, additional funding through grants is extremely helpful."

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

Deadline: May 20, 2021 (by 10 pm CST)

All types of schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help K-12th grade students that are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply. The maximum grant amount is $4,000. Grants will be announced September 6, 2021. Applicant organization must be located within 15 miles of a Dollar General store. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:
  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs
For more information and to apply, visit the Dollar General 2021 Youth Literacy Grant website.

Believe in Reading Grants

Deadline: Ongoing (Grant applications are considered once a month)

Believe in Reading is funded by The Steve and Loree Potash Family Foundation. "Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children."  Believe in Reading funds excellent programs dedicated to the teaching and encouragement of reading for all ages anywhere in the world. 

Believe in Reading’s grants are renewable for up to three years, but a first year award does not guarantee any subsequent awards. At this time, the maximum grant amount is $10,000, new applicants are rarely funded for more than $3,000.
  • Believe in Reading awards grants to existing and provably successful literacy programs.
  • Believe in Reading awards grants only to organizations that have been designated as having tax exempt status according to the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3), or its equivalent for educational institutions, including public libraries.
  • Believe in Reading will consider funding programs that serve any age or aspect of supporting reading and literacy, including adult literacy or English as a second language projects.
  • Believe in Reading targets successful literacy programs which serve populations that show out of the ordinary needs, such as geographic areas with low reading scores and high poverty levels.
For more the grant guidelines and application, visit the website

Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program

Deadline: Proposals accepted Feb. 1, 2021-Dec. 31, 2021

The Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 through every local facility (Walmart Stores, Sam's Clubs, and Logistics Facilities). Applications may be received anytime from February 1, 2021 until the deadline of Dec. 31. Eligible nonprofit organizations must directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding. All organizations applying for a Local Community grant must be registered with CyberGrants FrontDoor prior to applying. Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria:
  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.
For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Monday, May 03, 2021

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund

Deadline: May 20, 2021

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund will assist public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories that are experiencing substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has impacted their ability to serve their community, especially traditionally underserved populations.

The Fund has 1.25 million dollars and will provide grants between $30,000 and $50,0000 to libraries/library systems/districts that have seen a substantial reduction in funding that impacts their ability to provide essential services to underserved populations in low to moderate income groups.

Grants are to help support library operations, including but not limited to staff time, collections, technology, equipment. Grants are to re-stablish, sustain, amplify, or create new needed services, to underserved target audience(s).

Library systems (municipal, county, district) and library school districts can submit only one application per system or district, but the application can request support for one or more library and /or one or more target audience across your system or district.

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is generously supported by Acton Family Giving as part of its pandemic responsive grant making. Initial seed funding was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of its efforts to bolster educational and cultural organizations devastated by the economic fallout out from COVID-19. Grants will be announced on June 23, 2021.

Visit the website to read the grant guidelines, view a recorded webinar, review sample applications, and apply.

NEH American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations Grants

Deadline: May 14, 2021

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations emergency relief grants provide grants from $50,000 up to $500,000 to cultural organizations and educational institutions to support humanities projects across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research for one year. 

Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, academic presses, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other humanities organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In keeping with Congress’s intent in enacting the American Rescue Plan, applicants may propose new humanities projects or focus on sustaining core humanities programs and activities. Relief funding may also be used for activities that emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff at cultural organizations across the country.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity for the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations program is available on the NEH website. Questions about this grant program should be directed to ARPorganizations@neh.gov. Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® number and Grants.gov registration.

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Grants

Deadline: May 28, 2021

The Library of Congress is accepting applications from organizations that aim to incorporate Library of Congress resources into educational programs and materials for learners representing diverse professions and communities. The Teaching with Primary Sources grants support the Library’s mission to engage, inspire and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity.

Eligible grantees include: institutions of higher education, colleges, universities, professional associations, library systems, cultural institutions; educational organizations such as K-12 schools, after-school programs, literacy organizations, centers, clubs, associations of home-schooling parents, honor societies; and other professional, civic, regional, state and community groups.

Projects that receive funding may focus on diverse content areas (such as STEM, literacy, social studies, public health and journalism) or populations (such as English language learners, pre-service or in-service teachers, incarcerated youth and members of civic organizations). Applicants can propose using the Library’s online collections in one or more of the following approaches:
  • Deliver educational programming to various categories of learners.
  • Create and distribute primary source-based educational materials or tools for teaching specific content.
  • Convene meetings of similar organizations to devise strategies for furthering common learning and teaching goals with Library of Congress materials.
  • Conduct research with significant practitioner involvement that investigates the impact of incorporating Library of Congress resources into educational initiatives.
Grants will range from $35,000 to $100,000 for a 12-month period, with the possibility of up to two 
years of additional funding subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance under the current award. The grant period for initial awards is Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022.

For more information, please see the “Teaching with Primary Sources Funding Opportunity 2021” on theTeaching with Primary Sources Partner Program webpage. 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding

Woohoo! Get ready, library grant writers. Libraries are eligible for billions of dollars in recovery funding as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 passed by Congress on March 10, 2021. There will be lots of grant opportunities coming up! Here's an overview of some of the funding included: 
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) received $200 million
  • $178 million allocated for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) will go to state library administrative agencies on a population-based formula, with $2 million state minimum
  • $7.172 billion for an Emergency Education Connectivity Fund through the FCC’s E-rate program. Participating libraries will receive 100% reimbursement for the cost of hotspots and other Wi-Fi capable devices, modems, routers, laptops, tablets and similar devices to loan to patrons
  • More than $360 billion to state, local and tribal community governments to offset potential cuts to public health, safety, and education programs
  • $130 billion for education costs for the safe reopening of K-12 schools; hiring additional staff; reducing class size; modifying spaces; addressing academic & mental health needs
  • $40 billion for colleges and institutions of higher education to defray pandemic-related expenses and provide emergency assistance to students
  • $135 million each for National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities to support state and regional arts and humanities agencies. 40% of this funding is designated for grants and administration for state arts and humanities agencies, while 60% percent will go for direct grants eligible to libraries
  • Visit ALA's site for a helpful overview and links to more information, including a handy form for thanking your members of Congress for passing legislation to help libraries and communities recover from the pandemic. http://www.ala.org/advocacy/american-rescue-plan-library-relief  

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Book Love Foundation Grants

Deadline Extended! March 15, 2021 April 15, 2021 
The Book Love Foundation believes that a love of reading is essential. We assist teachers with building inclusive classroom libraries to inspire and nurture a lasting love of reading. The Book Love Foundation seeks teachers who demonstrate a passion for promoting a hunger for books. These teachers recognize the diversity of every class of readers and they challenge each student to build an independent reading life of increasing depth and joy. Teachers who apply for a Book Love Foundation grant must demonstrate that they are already committed to the support of readers through current classroom practices and curates a book collection that represents our world. Applicant must be a full time preK-12 classroom teacher in the United States or Canada. Applicant must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to independent reading and book clubs as regular classroom practices.

Applicant must be willing to maintain the Book Love Foundation library in the applicant's classroom. The books received from this grant are not intended for a school-wide library or to be permanently divided among teachers. Creative sharing, however, is always encouraged.

Grant awards in 2021 will range from $1000.00 to $2000.00. Books are chosen by the grant winner to meet the needs of the students he/she teaches. For more information and to apply, visit the website: https://www.booklovefoundation.org/apply

Monday, March 29, 2021

2021 EBSCO Solar grant program

Deadline: May 3, 2021

For the fifth year, EBSCO Information Services is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. $200,000 in grants will be available to help winning libraries reduce their utilities expenses by installing solar arrays. All academic, school and public libraries that are current EBSCO customers are eligible to apply. EBSCO will pay for the initial installation through the grant. The library, town, or college will own the system and will be responsible for all post-installation/ongoing maintenance of the solar array. The EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar includes details such as the timeline, a link to the submission form and FAQs.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

AASL Inspire COVID Recovery Grants

Deadline: March 26, 2021

Through a special offering of its Inspire Collection Development Grant, made possible through the generous support of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will offer a second round of grants to specifically address collection loss and remote access requirements due to COVID-19 public school closures. The grants are intended to help meet the needs of public middle and high school libraries making the return to in-person learning.

Purchasing can include books, online subscriptions and/or software collections, as well as accessibility extensions (hotspots, increased bandwidth, etc.). At least four grants of up to $5,000 will be funded. The application includes a two-page narrative that allows the applicant to describe their need and how they will use the funds.

Criteria, eligibility, and application requirements can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards/special.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

ALA Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

Deadline: March 1, 2021

The American Library Association's (ALA) Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to participate in a continuing education event(s) between Sept. 1, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2022. Monies may be used to participate in continuing professional development event(s) offered by the American Library Association (ALA), an ALA-related unit or association, State Library Associations, ASTD, the American Management Association (AMA), or any other Learn RT Board approved activity/event. Grant funds can be used to cover registration, travel, lodging, or other expenses related to the event. Documentation/receipts will be required prior to payment. If the recipient is participating in a ALA or ALA-related event, monies will be transferred internally instead of being paid to the recipient. 

The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, list serve, etc.). In addition to the financial award, the recipient will be provided with access to a member of LRT, who will serve as a “Professional Development Mentor” throughout the award year. If the recipient is already an ALA member or becomes an ALA member, they will also receive a free one-year membership in LRT.

This grant, named after LRT's much admired past-president, the late Pat Carterette, is designed to honor her passion for professional development in the field of library and information sciences. A former staff development and continuing education coordinator at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and the first Continuing Education Coordinator for the State Library of Georgia, Pat believed in providing outstanding educational opportunities for her colleagues to grow and develop within their field.

Applicants do not have to be ALA members to apply. Applicants must complete an online application (available at http://www.ala.org/rt/learnrt/pat-carterette-professional-development-grant).

Monday, February 15, 2021

NEA Challenge America Grants

Deadline: April 22, 2021 (advised to begin registration process on SAM.gov and Grants.gov by the end of March)

Since 2001, the National Endowment for the Arts grant program, Challenge America, has promoted equal access to the arts in communities across America. Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. The program features an abbreviated application, a standardized $10,000 grant amount, and a robust structure of technical assistance to facilitate entry to Arts Endowment funding opportunities. This category is an entry point for organizations seeking Arts Endowment funding as first time applicants  as well as previous Arts Endowment applicants who have not been recommended for funding in the last three years.

Challenge America supports arts projects in all artistic disciplines. Projects must extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Possible projects include, but are not limited to: arts programming, including commissioning or presentation of artists or artwork; marketing and promotional activities; and organizational planning. Projects may consist of one or more specific events or activities, and should not cover an entire season of programming. Applicants should carefully read the application Review Criteria and address those criteria in the application. All grants require a nonfederal cost share/match of at least 1 to 1. For more information, please visit the website: https://www.arts.gov/grants/challenge-america

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Deadline: March 5, 2021

Through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program honors nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. The awards also encourage the continuing development of innovative methods for promoting literacy and the wide dissemination of the most effective practices. They are intended to draw public attention to the importance of literacy, and the need to promote literacy and encourage reading.

The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) is awarded for an outstanding and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels to an organization based either inside or outside the United States that has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services.

The American Prize ($50,000) is awarded for a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels in the United States or the national awareness of the importance of literacy to an organization that is based in the United States.

The International Prize ($50,000) is awarded for a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels in a country other than the United States to an organization that is based either inside or outside the United States.

Successful Practice Honorees ($5,000): Each year up to 15 organizations that apply in the three major prize categories are recognized for their successful implementation of a specific literacy promotion practice.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants

Deadlines: February 18, 2021

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General in 44 states through the following grant programs:
  • Adult Literacy Grants support organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance in one of the following areas: Adult Basic Education, GED or High School Equivalency Preparation, and/or English Language Acquisition. Maximum grant amount: $10,000.
  • Family Literacy Grants support nonprofit organizations who support the whole family in literacy. Such as Adult Education Instruction, Children’s Education, Parent and Child Together Time (PACT); Maximum grant amount: $10,000.
  • Summer Reading Grants help nonprofits and libraries with creating or expanding summer reading programs for Pre-K – 12th grade students, below grade level readers, or readers with learning disabilities. Maximum grant amount: $3,000. 
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries offering literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General. For more information visit the website.

ALA American Dream Literacy Initiative Grants

Deadline: January 29, 2021

The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants of $5,000 to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development. Up to 16 grants will be awarded.

Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Visit the Dollar General Store Locator. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital ESL collections; increase computer/internet access and training; provide job training; hold ELL, GED and citizenship classes; implement virtual or in-person programs for adult literacy learners and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

Visit the website to view the award guidelines and preview application criteria.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

The Snapdragon Book Foundation

Deadline: February 14, 2021

The Snapdragon Book Foundation was started by a school librarian from Houston, Texas who believes all children deserve access to books. Grants are given to U.S. school libraries serving children, PreK through 12 years old. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. 

Grant funds may be used for: books that will be used repeatedly by school-aged children through classroom libraries, central library (or something similar); processing or cataloging fees from book vendors (for processing of the books ordered in conjunction with your Snapdragon project); reference materials for use by students; and for magazine or newspaper subscriptions.

For ideas of successfully funded grant projects, view the awarded grants on the website. For more information and the online application, visit: http://snapdragonbookfoundation.org.

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Grants

Deadline: January 29, 2021

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides funds to the nation’s neediest schools so to extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.

All types of schools serving pre-K through grade 12 in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and all American territories are eligible to apply.

For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions, visit the Laura Bush Foundation website.

ALA Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

Deadline: February 5, 2021

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant is an annual grant that recognizes, promotes, and supports meaningful programs in libraries that have limited and/or no access to budgetary support for programming. The grant, named after the late library leader Peggy Barber, aims to help ease library budget challenges by awarding three libraries $2,500 to support a proposed program, program series, or programming effort.

For the inaugural 2020–2021 cycle, libraries are invited to submit applications for a grant to support humanities-based programming. All library types — including public, academic, K-12, tribal and special libraries — in the U.S. or U.S. territories are eligible. Applicants must have a personal or institutional membership with either the American Library Association OR the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

Read the grant guidelines and apply online by Friday, February 5, 2021.

ALA Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

Deadline: February 5, 2021

The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant is an annual grant to recognize, promote, and support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.

For the 2020–2021 cycle, libraries are invited to submit applications for a community engagement project that focuses on anti-racism. One library will be selected to receive $2,000 to continue or expand its anti-racism community engagement efforts.

Read the grant guidelines and apply online by Friday, February 5, 2021.

Monday, November 16, 2020

YALSA Grant Applications due Dec. 1st

Deadline: December 1 of the current year.

Each year YALSA offers more than $195,000 in grants and awards to members who work with or on behalf of teens. Grants include:
  • Collection Development Grant This annual grant is funded by Baker & Taylor and awards $1,000 to two YALSA members who represent a public library, and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18.
  • Great Books Giveaway Each year the YALSA office receives about 3,000 newly published children's, young adult and adult books, videos, and CDs for review. YALSA and the cooperating publishers annually offer one year's worth of review materials to up to 3 libraries in need.
  • Frances Henne Research Grant This annual grant of $1,000 provides seed money for small scale projects which will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda. 
  • Innovation Award This annual $500 award is funded by Friends of YALSA (FOY) for a member who has brought a new teen project idea to life (big or small) through their library. The innovation should illustrate YALSA’s vision for teen services as outlined in: “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action” and “Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff.” 
  • *New* Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant This annual $1000 grant recognizes a librarian who has a creative, innovative project that promotes literacy (digital, media, visual, computer, data, financial, civic/ethical, news, information, multicultural, and/or cultural literacy). 
  • MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens The Margaret A. Edwards Trust (MAE Award) is designed to honor a YALSA member who has developed an outstanding young adult reading or literature program. The award provides $500 to the winner and $500 to the winner's library or library agency. 
  • YALSA Volunteer of the Year Awards acknowledge the contributions of YALSA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the mission, goals and work of YALSA during a given service year. The recognition includes a one year membership to YALSA and a commemorative certificate for each category's winner(s). To nominate yourself, a group or an individual, please use this online form.
  • YALSA Writing Award This award honors the best writing in YALSA’s blogs and journals. Prizes will be given for a winning article in each of the journals and blogs. 
  • Scholarships, Stipends, and Fellowships YALSA offers various scholarships and stipends each year. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view. 
For more information, visit the YALSA grants website.

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

NEA Big Read Grants

Deadline: January 27, 2021

Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program, The NEA Big Read provides grants of up to $20,000 for community-wide reading programs (virtual and/or in-person) to bring your community together, share the joy of a good book, and find inspiration in new stories and ideas. 

Past grantees have a proven track record of successfully engaging their audiences through the power of literature and stirring up a passion for reading that persists year after year. They've also developed meaningful and lasting partnerships with other organizations in their community. Studies have shown that reading for pleasure has positive impacts on one’s health and this program can also provide entertainment and connection to community members in a time of isolation. Eligible organizations include arts organizations, community service organizations, institutions of higher education, libraries, literary centers, museums, school districts, theater companies, tribal governments, and more!

Organizations selected to participate in the program receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations will be selected and programs should be held September 1, 2021—June 30, 2022. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. There are six titles available for 2021-2022 programming and readers and teachers guides for each book: An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui, The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories by Jack London, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

Learn more about the NEA Big Read via these grant guidelines (including a handy application checklist) and at this link: https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/about. If you have any questions, please contact Arts Midwest at neabigread@artsmidwest.org or 612-238-8010.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

ALA's Community Connect: Digital Access at Home Grants for Rural Libraries

Deadline: August 26, 2020

Community Connect: Digital Access at Home, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One Bank, offers grants and resources to help support digital access and financial capability in rural communities nationwide.

Twenty rural public libraries will receive five Wi-Fi hotspots (including service contract) for lending to patrons; a $2,000 stipend to support implementing financial capability programs; Ready, Set, Bank, workshop curriculum, curated book lists and more. Libraries will be selected through a peer-reviewed, competitive application process, with award notification on September 30, 2020.

Public libraries are eligible if they serve a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and are in a rural community at least five miles from an urbanized area, per the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) definition.

For more information, and to apply, access the website: http://www.ala.org/communityconnect

Thursday, July 02, 2020

ALA Climate Change Library Grants

Deadline: August 28, 2020

Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) with the goal of helping libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis.

The pilot program project will fund film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 20 public libraries and 5 academic libraries. Each selected library will receive a $1,000 programming grant; five documentaries/docudramas with public performance rights (PPR) on DVD and/or streaming; digital promotional materials for local program publicity; access to online resources developed to support local programs and events, including in-person webinars for library project directors; support from Communities Responding to Emergency Weather (CREW) to designate your library as a Climate Resilience Hub; and collaboration and networking opportunities as part of the 25-library Resilient Communities cohort. A suite of free programming resources about the climate crisis will be available to all libraries.

For more information and to apply, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/climatechange.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Captain Planet Foundation Environmental Grants

Deadlines: January 15 or July 15

Want to help youth learn about the environment? Start a library garden project, recycling program, or
other hands-on environmental education programming. The Captain Planet Foundation™ invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local global environmental change-makers. Educators, both K-12 classroom and informal, who are interested in receiving support for students to design and implement hands-on environmental solutions are eligible for project funding.

The Captain Planet Foundation has three grant programs.

  • ecoSolution™ Grants support youth-led solution-oriented projects in the range of $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution™ Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States (international projects are by invitation only).
  • ecoTech™ Grants support projects that utilize technology as part of an environmental solution.  Available as cash grants of $2,500, these grants support purchase of materials and other expenses required to implement a project.
  • ecoSTEM™ Kits are ready-to-go environmental Project Based Learning activities in a box. 

The application process (online form) and more details are on the website.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Free Winning Grants Webinar tomorrow!

Stephanie Gerding is excited to be presenting a webinar tomorrow, Winning Grants for Small & Rural Libraries. Register for FREE to join the more than 5,000 people (!) attending tomorrow's online conference, "Small, Rural, and Independent Libraries," on Wednesday, June 17th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Thanks to the sponsors: Association for Rural & Small LibrariesTechSoup for Libraries, and The School of Information at San José State University. For more information and to register, visit the website: https://www.library20.com/smallruralindependent.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Walter Grants for Unpublished Diverse Writers

Deadline: until they've received 300 entries OR until June 30th, 2020, whichever comes first
Update 6/23/20: They are still accepting applications, the limit hasn't been reached! **Black applicants may apply until June 30th even if they reach the application cap.**

Walter grants provide financial support to promising diverse writers who are currently unpublished.  Ten grants will be awarded for $2,000 each. Applicants must identify as diverse (defined below) unpublished illustrators and/or authors. This includes both trade publishing and self-publishing. Essays, short stories, and articles do not render an applicant ineligible. Applicant must be working toward a career as a children’s author and/or illustrator, and must be a U.S. resident or a refugee living in the United States.

Applicants must identify as one or more of the following: person of color, native american, LGBTQIA+, person with a disability and/or marginalized religious or cultural minority.

One of the inaugural 2015 grant awardees, Angela Thomas, used her grant to purchase a computer to complete her Black Lives Matter-inspired YA manuscript. Titled The Hate U Give, it went on to sell in a 12-house auction, received 8 starred trade reviews, and is a #1 New York Times’ Best Seller and a major motion picture.

For additional information including the application criteria, please visit the website, read the Walter Grant FAQs and direct any questions to waltergrant@diversebooks.org.

STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities

Deadline for Notice of Intent: July 20, 2020

The STAR Net STEAM Equity Project will award grants to twelve public libraries in small and rural U.S. communities (library service population of under 25,000) to offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming, materials, and exhibitions for their communities, especially often-underreached Latino populations.

With support at the national level from the project team as well as local partnerships, the libraries will engage their communities through three STEAM learning pathways: 1) STEAM exploration spaces, seeded by STAR Net traveling exhibitions, 2) active learning programs, and 3) STEAM outreach kits.

Selected libraries will receive $15,000 to participate in numerous professional development activities, support community partnerships and purchase materials as they customize STEAM learning experiences from Winter 2020-Summer 2024. Virtual support will be given from the project team through check-in calls and webinars.

Interested library workers are invited to complete a brief Notice of Intent (NOI) about community demographics and needs. Estimated time to complete the online form is 15 minutes. For more information, visit the website and read the FAQ.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries

Deadline: June 12, 2020

IMLS recognizes the challenges facing museums and libraries at this time, including the adaptations and adjustments that will be necessary to rebuild staffing, reopen facilities, and address the needs of communities affected by the impact of a global crisis. This grant opportunity is for over 13 million dollars, and IMLS is anticipating 90 grant awards in the range of $25,000-$500,000 for grant periods of up to two years.

The goal of this grant program is to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that meet the immediate and future COVID-19 needs of the communities and audiences they serve. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has provided funds to the Institute of Museum and Library Services “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus…to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services” for the benefit of communities impacted by the public health emergency.

The IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries grant program invites project proposals that focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement while prioritizing services for high-need communities. We encourage efforts to develop programs, tools, models, partnerships, and other resources that will address immediate concerns and have the potential to inspire and benefit museums and libraries throughout the nation.

View a recorded webinar to learn more about the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries. For more information and a link to the application, visit the website.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills: Virtual Services Public Library Grants

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Google. This $2,000 grant opportunity is now open to all U.S. public libraries for Virtual Library Services to support continued programming during library closures and Covid-19 response efforts. Grant projects should focus on assisting job seekers and empowering small business owners with digital skills.

Select one of the Grow with Google resources to integrate into a new or existing virtual service and submit your idea via a short online application. Accepted libraries receive:
  • Funding – $2,000 with minimal application and reporting requirements, and an opportunity to receive an additional $3,000 bonus (view more details).
  • Marketing support – social media guidance, marketing assets, and more. 
  • Technical guidance on curriculum resources or programs, and best practices in library programming
  • A community of practice and advocacy tools
For full program details, visit the website, review the requirements & eligibility and preview the application (PDF) questions.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

PLA and Microsoft Public WiFi Access Micro Grant Program for Rural Libraries

Deadline: Awards will be made weekly until all funds are distributed.

The Public Library Association (PLA) and Microsoft Corp. are working together to increase access to technology in rural communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Microsoft will provide $120,000 to help public libraries in rural communities with hardware and support to install public WiFi access points on or near library grounds. The initiative will cover the costs of the hardware, and when approved, installation.

Only rural libraries in specific counties are eligible, please review this list of eligible states and counties.  PLA and Microsoft are targeting these resources at libraries that may not otherwise have capacity to purchase and install public access points, so libraries must be serving rural communities (as defined by IMLS locale codes 41, 42, or 43. See IMLS Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2017, pages 23–24).

For all libraries, including those who are not eligible for hardware and other support due to size or geography, PLA and Microsoft are offering training tools and other resources to help with virtual programing. Visit PLA’s Digital Literacy page for free online training resources, recorded webinars on offering digital literacy training, and more.

This initiative offers hardware (Cisco AIR-AP3702I-A-K9 or other products) to create new public WiFi access points using the library’s current WiFi service outside the library facility. Priority will be to libraries that only need hardware and can install themselves or through their own ISPs or community partners. Libraries approved may submit expense reimbursement (up to $500) for materials and costs to promote the new service. Libraries needing installation help are encouraged to apply and are eligible, but additional steps will be needed to secure installation assistance, so awards may take longer to complete. All eligible libraries who apply and are approved will be connected with Microsoft to arrange delivery of the hardware, at a minimum, and to arrange assistance with installation if needed.

Awards will be made to successful applicants on a rolling basis each week until the commitment is fulfilled. Applications received by Monday (May 4, May 11, May 18, etc.) will be reviewed that week and recipients will be notified on Friday of that week (May 8, May 15, May 22, etc.). PLA and Microsoft will continue to accept applications until funds secured for the program are exhausted.

Read grant overview
Preview the application
Review the list eligible states and counties
Complete the application

Friday, April 24, 2020

NEH CARES Act Cultural Organizations Grants

Deadline: May 11, 2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced new grant guidelines designed to rapidly distribute CARES Act funding to cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This new funding opportunity, NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations, will provide grants of up to $300,000 to sustain humanities organizations and preserve jobs in the cultural sector. An estimated 300-600 grants will be awarded for a total of $25,000,000 to $35,000,000.

These emergency funds will help strengthen the nation’s museums, archives, libraries, historic sites, universities, and other educational institutions, and support the communities and economies that rely on them. NEH CARES emergency relief grants provide up to $300,000 to cultural nonprofits to support a range of humanities activities across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research through December 31, 2020. Funding may be used for short-term activities that emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff at cultural organizations across the country to maintain or adapt critical programs during the pandemic.

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations application guidelines are available on the NEH website. Applicants will be informed of funding decisions by June 2020.

2020 Scholastic Book Clubs & James Patterson Classroom Library Grants

Deadline: July 31,2020

Author James Patterson is giving $2.5 million to help teachers build their classroom libraries. The Patterson Partnership will award 5,000 teachers with $500 in individual grants matched by 500 Bonus Points from Scholastic Book Clubs to acquire books and other materials needed to enhance their classroom libraries. Winners will randomly selected and announced in September. The grant program is open to all teachers in Pre-K through grade 12 in U.S. schools.

As part of the application, teachers are asked to say in 50 characters or less how they plan on using $500 and 500 Bonus Points to help build their classroom libraries.

To learn more about the program, and to apply for a grant, visit scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership.

OCLC Community Engagement Award

Deadline: extended to May 31, 2020

The OCLC Community Engagement Award recognizes and celebrates projects that help public libraries extend their reach, build strong partnerships, and create programs that transform lives.

Submissions should highlight a current project or one completed within the past year that innovates, impacts and extends a public library's reach by connecting with community members. Three libraries will be recognized with an award and each will receive $5,000 for their significant community engagement initiatives.

Nominations are open to all public libraries in the Americas (North and South America, all countries). Only one entry per public library system will be accepted. OCLC membership not required. Complete guidelines and a link to the submission form can be found at oc.lc/community-engagement-award.

Monday, March 23, 2020

IMLS Grant Deadlines Extended

Deadlines:  April, May, 2020

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) extended several upcoming application deadlines for library services grants to support libraries and their communities as they respond to COVID-19.
Applications should still be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on the deadline day for the grant program. For more information, please visit imls.gov/coronavirus, or contact an IMLS staff member with any questions or concerns.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Grants

NEW EXTENDED Deadline: Feb. 21 2019 March 20, 2020

A Library of America Project funded with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Emerson Collective. Fifty $1,200 grants will be awarded to libraries, museums, and nonprofit cultural institutions to host a minimum of two public programs. Applications are open to public, academic, and community college libraries; and nonprofit museums and community organizations.

All participating institutions will present a minimum of two programs, at least one of which must be a discussion/reading group moderated by a scholar of African American literature designed to draw out and explore the project themes. Other programs could include:
  • Poetry readings combined with panel discussions
  • An exhibition of material — photographs, rare or signed editions, memorabilia–that reflect the local community’s historic engagement with the tradition that inspire them
  • A lecture by a local poetry scholar
  • Adult and young adult reading groups based on the Lift Every Voice Reader
  • A poetry slam for local poets to share their work and poems
  • A poetry workshop led by a local writing instructor
  • Musical performances, reflecting the tradition’s deep engagement with the blues, jazz, hip hop, gospel, R&B, and other forms.
Grants may be used for: stipends for a local poet and/or scholar; travel expenses; honoraria; actors/performers fees; publicity and advertising; refreshments; or other costs associated with programming. Grants will also include materials, webinars, and other programming support throughout the grant period.
For more information, and to apply, visit the website for the easy application form: https://africanamericanpoetry.org/apply

Friday, January 31, 2020

The Association of Research Libraries Venture Fund Grants

Deadline: February 28, 2020

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has established a Venture Fund to support prototypes or proofs of concept that scale so as to advance the Association priorities set by the members and the Board. Proposals for Venture Fund investments may come from an ARL member representative, a group of member representatives, an Association committee, or staff persons at member libraries with the explicit approval of their library dean or director. Three types of projects will be considered:
  • Research and development one-time grants capped at $15,000 for a significant enhancement or expansion of a prototype
  • Research and development pilots lasting 1–3 years, capped at $10,000 per year, dependent on an annual review by the ARL Program Strategy Committee and a decision by the Board of Directors to continue to fund
  • Mini grants capped at $1,500 for small-scale proofs of concept or prototypes (post–idea formulation)
Proposed projects must exist in some form already and have an identified community of users with the potential to scale. Proposals that demonstrate collaboration between ARL member institutions will be given preference.

More information about the Venture Fund and the application process may be found in this document [PDF] and on the ARL Member Resources site (Member Resources login required).

The Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation

Deadline: February 4, 2020

The Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. This award is administered by the American Library Association. Awards include one $10,000 cash award given annually to a library in the U.S. In addition, four runner-up awards consist of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books.
Selection Criteria
  • Evidence of hardship (economic hardship or natural disaster)
  • Show successful partnership(s) working together to overcome hardship (partners can include public schools, local business, museums, and other community organizations that support learning, reading programs, and books.)
  • Strong focus on innovative and unique programming incorporating new technology, reading methods or formats, environmentally friendly materials, etc.
  • Evidence of successful outcomes.
  • Strong focus on inspiring and connecting with new readers.
  • Open to all types of libraries.
For the complete guidelines and application form, please visit the website.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

ALA Mini-Grants for Digital Skills Programs

Deadline: February 14, 2020

ALA has a call for applications for $700 mini-grants for school, tribal, public, and academic libraries to design and implement programs using Google’s Applied Digital Skills resources. Up to 290 eligible libraries will be selected to deliver at least 4 sessions (e.g., drop in, multiple sessions, a spring break camp, or weekend workshop) that prepares learners of all ages to use technology tools between Digital Learning Day, on Feb. 27, and May 31.

Digital Learning Day is an annual event that promotes the effective use of technology tools to enhance learning experiences for youth. This mini-grant program is part of Libraries Ready to Code, an ALA initiative sponsored by Google, that aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking (CT) among our nation’s learners. Applied Digital Skills is a free, online digital skills curriculum that provides video-based lessons to prepare learners of all ages for the future of work.

Successful applicants will plan their own activities using tools and inspiration provided by Applied Digital Skills resources. Visit the Libraries Ready to Code website for more information and to apply.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

AASL Grants and Awards

Deadlines: February 1, 2020
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has a number of awards and grants.

Innovative Reading Grant

This $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. For more information visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/innovative.

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

This $3,000 grant opportunity provides for the creation and implementation of a project that promotes school library awareness, and up to $2,000 for both the school librarian and school official (or volunteer parent) to attend the AASL national conference or the ALA Annual Conference during years when there is no AASL national conference. For more information visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/toor

Libraries Transform Communities: ALA Engagement Grant

Deadline: February 3, 2020

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
For more information and to apply, visit the ALA website: http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/LTCEG

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

PLA's Inclusive Internship Initiative

Deadline: February 3, 2020

Want to mentor a paid high school intern at your library? The Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) will sponsor 50 paid, summer internships for high school junior and senior students at their local public library as a pathway program to increase diversity in public librarianship. Students from diverse backgrounds are recruited to be interns and introduced to careers in librarianship. Over the summer, each intern works with a library mentor on a community-based learning project. Library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming. Grant funds will include an intern's stipend of $3,500 and travel, hotel, and meal expenses for interns and mentors at two events: a June kick-off in Chicago and a closing event in Washington, DC in late September. 

For more information and to apply to be a host library, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/pla/initiatives/plinterns. FAQs available.

The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The Lemony Snicket Prize is $10,000 given annually to a librarian who has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact. It is administered by the American Library Association (ALA). "It is of the opinion of Lemony Snicket, author, reader, and alleged malcontent, that librarians have suffered enough...It is Mr. Snicket's hope, and the ALA's, that the Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them." The award will be presented during the Awards Reception at the ALA Annual Conference.

For more information and to nominate a librarian, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/lemony-snicket

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

ALSC's Bookapalooza Program

Deadline: February 1, 2020
ALA's Association for Library Services to Children's annual Bookapalooza Program selects three libraries to receive a collection of materials to help transform their collection, provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways, and enhance their library service to children and families. Applicants must be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA.

Each year the ALSC office receives almost 3,000 newly published books, videos, audio books, and recordings from children’s trade publishers. The materials are primarily for children age birth through fourteen and are submitted to ALSC award and media evaluation selection committees for award and notables consideration. The Bookapalooza Program was created to find new homes for these materials. 

More details and a link to the short online application are available on the ALSC's website.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

ALA Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries

Deadline: January 20, 2020

ALA has announced a new opportunity — including funding to attend a workshop at the 2020 Annual Conference — to help small & rural library workers develop the communication skills they need to thrive. Twenty-five library workers will be selected to be part of Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries. Participants will complete a five-part online course, participate in virtual coaching sessions, and attend an in-person workshop — free of charge and with travel funding provided — specially designed to address the community engagement needs of small and rural libraries.

The opportunity is open to library employees who work in small or rural communities with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less, in accordance with the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) definition. All library types (e.g., public, tribal, college/academic, K-12) are welcome, and no facilitation or community engagement experience is necessary. Learn more and apply online.

Friday, November 22, 2019

ALA's Libraries Build Business Grant

Deadline: December 13, 2019

The American Library Association (ALA), with the support of Google.org, is launching a new initiative to identify successful, library-led models to deliver entrepreneurship training and resources and create a playbook and peer-to-peer learning network available to all libraries so these successful models can be replicated.

ALA is accepting grant proposals from public and tribal libraries with a documented history of providing services for small business and/or entrepreneurs for low-income and/or underrepresented groups in their communities. Libraries can apply for up to $150,000 for costs associated with participating in the 18 month initiative.

There is an informational webinar at 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 — (Register here). For more information and to apply, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/workforce/grant

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More Grant Program

Deadline: Dec. 2, 2019

Libraries and Autism is accepting applications for its Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More grant program. This grant is funded by Barbara Klipper, librarian and author.

Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded. Depending on the applications received, one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts totaling $5,000.00 may be awarded. Any type of library in the US or Canada can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Applicants may initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service they already offer. All programs or services must benefit people with autism and/or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, to buy program materials, to pay for staff, etc. For more information, and to apply, visit the website: http://librariesandautism.org/grant.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grants

Deadline (LOI): January 31, 2020

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through seven years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.

Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale. Because of the Foundation’s limited funding capability, it seeks to maximize a grant's potential impact.The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:
  • Early Childhood Welfare
    Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their intellectual, emotional and physical development are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. Therefore, the Foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
    Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns – at home, in childcare settings and in preschool. The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
  • Parenting Education
    To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the Foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both
    cognitive and emotional support to parents.

    The Foundation employs a two-step grant application process that includes the submission of both a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a Full Proposal–the latter only by those applicants requested to do so. This ensures that consideration of Full Proposals is limited to those applications that strictly comply with the Foundation’s programmatic guidelines. For more information, visit the website: https://earlychildhoodfoundation.org.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

KidsGardening’s Youth Garden Grants

Deadline: December 16, 2019

The Youth Garden Grant is open to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the US planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. 

A total of 25 programs will be awarded. The top 5 programs will receive award packages valued at $2,360 that include: $250 cash prize, a variety of gardening tools and supplies, including: $1,000 customizable garden tool package from Corona, Pallet of Black Gold soil by SunGro Horticulture, 25’ Soaker Hose from Dramm, One Touch Fan Nozzle from Dramm, KidsGardening.org curriculum package, Seed Package from High Mowing Organic Seeds, and more.

20 programs will receive award packages valued at $775 that include: $250 cash prize from Kidsgardening, A variety of gardening tools and supplies, and KidsGardening.org curriculum package.

For more information and to apply, visit the website: https://kidsgardening.org/2020-youth-garden-grant