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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 40% 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.  

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:

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 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

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

Monday, February 15, 2021

NEA Challenge America Grants

Deadline: April 22, 2021 (advised to begin registration process on and 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:

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.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2021

The Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 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. 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.

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

Deadline: March 4, 2021

The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities through a conversation.

Up to 650 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.

For more information, and to apply, 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:

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: If you have any questions, please contact Arts Midwest at 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:

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:

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:

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

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.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

NEA Grants for Arts Projects

Deadline: July 8, 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.

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.

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

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

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 by 11:59 p.m. ET on the deadline day for the grant program. For more information, please visit, 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:

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:

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:

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:

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: 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:

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, 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:

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:

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:

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, 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 curriculum package.

For more information and to apply, visit the website:

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

ALA Library Census Equity Fund

Deadline: November 22, 2019

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for Library Census Equity Fund mini-grants. ALA will provide 25 libraries with $2,000 mini-grants to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.

Applicants may propose activities such as conducting community outreach activities or expanding the library’s technology capacity for people completing the census questionnaire online. All types of libraries and library organizations are eligible to apply (e.g., public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, state library agencies, Library Friends or Foundations, library cooperatives, state library associations, etc.).

Historically, certain groups of people have been undercounted disproportionately by the decennial census. Traditionally undercounted populations include young children, American Indians and Alaska Natives, people experiencing homelessness, and people of color, among others. In the 2020 Census, which will have a new online response option, people who lack internet access or online skills may also be at risk of being undercounted.

For more information and to apply using the simple online application, visit the website

Kinder Morgan Foundation Grants

Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.

The Kinder Morgan Foundation believes that today's youth are tomorrow's leaders, and their mission is to provide youth with opportunities to learn and grow. Their goal is to help today's science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come. Focus areas include academic programs, including tutoring, and arts education programs. Libraries may also apply for capital projects. The program must serve more than 500 underserved youth in grades K-12 and have a proven track record of success.

The Kinder Morgan Foundation donates more than $1 million each year to youth programs. Grants are between $5,000 and $20,000. Nonprofits, public schools and private schools may apply. An organization is eligible to apply if it is located within 30 miles of the following areas of Kinder Morgan’s operations: Birmingham, AL, Phoenix, AZ, Tucson, AZ, Concord, CA, Carson, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, Lakewood, CO, Tampa, FL, Alpharetta, GA, Downers Grove, IL, Chicago, IL, Shreveport, LA, Port Sulphur, LA, Harvey, LA, Williston, ND, Port Newark, NJ, Tulsa, OK, Midland, TX, Pasadena, TX, Houston, TX, El Paso, TX, Norfolk, VA, Vancouver, WA, Calgary, AB, North Vancouver, BC.

For more information, visit the website and the grant application guidelines.

Monday, November 04, 2019

2020 Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program

Deadline:  March 31, 2020

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country, has announced its annual call for proposals.

Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect imagination and a desire to make learning fun. The Foundation welcomes Mini-Grant proposals focusing on any subject. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants in May. View Examples of Exemplary Mini-Grants to learn from past grant winners.

“Each year we are amazed at the creativity and dedication of the public school teachers and public librarians who submit Mini-Grant proposals to us. We’re proud to foster their programs and to share their success stories,” says Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “I encourage all educators who want to put their creativity and new ideas into action to go online and apply for an EJK Mini-Grant now.”

Since 1987, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has provided over $1,000,000 in support of EJK Mini-Grant programs. Founded by Ezra Jack Keats, one of America’s greatest children’s book authors and illustrators, the Foundation fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression by supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries through the EJK Bookmaking Competition and Mini-Grant program; cultivates new writers and illustrators of exceptional picture books that reflect the experience of childhood in our diverse culture through the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award; and protects and promotes the work of Keats, whose book The Snowy Day broke the color barrier in children’s publishing. The Snowy Day was adapted by Amazon as a holiday special, which earned two Daytime Emmys®, including Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Program; and was used as the subject of a set of Forever stamps issued by and still available from the United States Postal Service. 

To learn more about EJK Mini-Grants, and to see the criteria for application, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant

Deadline: traditionally December of each year
The Association for Library Services to Children and Candlewick Press offer the "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" grant, created to honor Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new and innovative program or an expansion of work already being done.

This grant is open to any project that seeks to engage an underserved population of children from birth up to the age of 14. Special population children may include (but are not limited to) those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who are in non-traditional family settings (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system, and children in gay and lesbian families), and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs. The grant recognizes that underserved populations vary from community to community, and all programs that seek to specifically address concerns in this area are eligible for consideration.

More information and the grant application are available on the ALSC website.

PLA 75th Anniversary Conference Scholarships

Deadline: Nov. 6, 2019
To celebrate PLA’s 75th Anniversary and encourage equity, diversity and inclusion in library leadership, PLA has raised $7,500 to sponsor 15 scholarships to attend the #PLA2020 Conference. The scholarships will be divided into three categories—library school students, early-career librarian, and library support staff—with 5 scholarships given out in each category. Each scholarship will include complimentary early-bird registration (up to a $305 value), and $500 stipend to attend the PLA 2020 Conference, February 25–29, 2020 in Nashville, TN. Visit to learn more and apply!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

NNLM Reading Club Grants

Deadline: ongoing

To help grow health literacy, the The National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the NIH All of Us Community Engagement Network provides the NNLM Reading Club mini-award program. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local community health information needs. The NNLM Reading Club offers the fun of a book club so that readers can discuss health and wellness topics. Discover books, authors, and health information surrounding a National Health Observance - and apply for a freeNNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

Participating NNLM regions are offering the Reading Club Book Kits, a program-in-a-box format which includes 8 copies of each of the following items: the selected book, discussion guides, bookmarks, NIH MedlinePlus Magazine, NIH All of Us Research Program brochure and additional material to support the kit, inside a sturdy library book bag.

Any U.S. library that is a Network Member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is eligible to apply for one NNLM Reading Club Book Kit. Libraries that support outreach to vulnerable populations and encourage participation by these groups will receive priority status.

Your library may already be an NNLM Network Member. Network member libraries can be public, hospital or academic libraries. Search the Member Directory to find out. If not, network membership is free; members belong to a network of many types of libraries across the country that are interested in providing quality health information services in their communities through training, funding, and other free NNLM services. Learn more and apply to become a member at Visit the NNLM Reading Club to submit the online application form.

PLA Awards and Grants

Deadline: December 6, 2019

Ten PLA 2020 Service Awards and Grants—including the Helping Communities Come Together Award and the Library Innovation Award—highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Consider nominating yourself, a colleague, or your library today! To submit an application or nomination, login to the PLA Awards Online Application. The 2020 award winners will be recognized at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

Friday, September 20, 2019

PLA Grants for Promoting Healthy Communities: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage

Deadline: September 24, 2019

As part of its ongoing work to support the public library’s role in creating healthy communities, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering resources for libraries to help more Americans enroll in affordable health insurance. Through its second annual initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, PLA is offering mini-grants of $500 to support up to 100 U.S. public libraries. Awardees will disseminate information, offer education, partner with health insurance enrollment and provider groups, and encourage community members to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the open enrollment period.

PLA also is providing all libraries with tips and tools to make educating communities easy, including resources and communication assets found below.

For more information and too apply for a PLA mini-grant, visit the PLA website. Priority will be given to applicants in states that utilize the federal marketplace platform ( or the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). View a list of states with their insurance marketplace types. Awardees will be notified in early October.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

IMLS Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries Grants

Deadline: December 02, 2019

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications for Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP). APP is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goal of this initiative is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on the following topics:
  • transforming school library practice
  • community memory
  • digital inclusion
These two year grants are available for projects in the range of $10,000–$50,000. For more information, visit the APP general information page. IMLS program staff are available to answer questions and discuss your proposal ideas. A FAQ page is also available. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway

Deadline: July 31, 2019

For the fifth year, James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs are teaming up to bring books into classrooms throughout the country. The sweepstakes will award $250 to 4,000 teachers (with four or more years of experience) and $500 to 500 new teachers (with three or less years of experience) to create and improve their classroom libraries. Scholastic will match Patterson with gifts of 250 and 500 bonus points for its book club. Teachers must be current legal residents of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and be actively teaching in any grade from PreK through 12th grade in a US school. Teachers can apply by completing the brief form on this Scholastic webpage.

Monday, March 25, 2019

ALA Diversity Research Grant

Deadline: April 15, 2019
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science. The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2500 award to support a one year original research project and complimentary registration for one conference in conjunction with a presentation of findings at ALA Annual Conference or the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Applications may focus on any diversity-related topic that addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. 

A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and select up to three awards. For examples of past projects and a complete list of criteria and proposal instructions, visit the ALA website.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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 within the last 36 months due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire, an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism, or has more than 10% enrollment of displaced/evacuee students. Individual awards are for $10,000-$20,000, with two catastrophic grants of $50,000 awarded annually. The program is to satisfy the need 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. Applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office (check the store locator section of the Dollar General website).

More information and the grant application are available through the AASL website.

Monday, January 14, 2019

ALA Traveling Exhibition: Thinking Money

Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019

ALA, in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, invites public libraries to apply to be part of a national tour of the traveling exhibition Thinking Money for Kids. This is a new financial literacy experience for children ages 7 to 11, as well as their parents, caregivers and educators. The interactive exhibit will help children understand what money is, its function in society, money choices, and money values, such as fairness, responsibility and charitableness.

The exhibit will travel to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2019 and 2021. Selected libraries will receive:
  • the 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibition for a six-week loan 
  • a $1,000 programming allowance 
  • expenses paid for an orientation workshop at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. 
  • programming resources and support 
Participating libraries will be required to hold a minimum of four public programs related to the personal finance themes explored in the exhibition and fulfill other marketing and reporting requirements.

Thinking Money for Kids will be administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office. ALA and the FINRA Foundation have partnered since 2007 on Smart investing@your library, a program that supports library efforts to provide patrons with effective, unbiased educational resources about personal finance and investing.

Learn more and apply online:

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Best Buy Teen Tech Center Grants

Deadline: February 1, 2019
Since 2012, Best Buy has partnered with the Clubhouse Network to open 21 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers in the U.S. In 2019, they will be bringing new centers to 16 additional U.S. cities and are currently accepting proposals for these cities: Los Angeles, CA, San Jose, CA, El Paso, TX, Oklahoma City, OK, Kansas City, MO/KS, and Portland, OR. At the centers, teens leverage technology to develop projects based on their own interests, including creating art and producing music and animations; designing science simulations and mobile applications; writing and illustrating interactive poetry, stories, and films; building kinetic sculptures and robotic constructions; and designing 3D worlds and games.

Best Buy is seeking applications from nonprofit organizations, libraries, and museums, with an afterschool program that includes teens, a respected track record for achieving results through community‐based initiatives, financial stability, and an ability to embrace new technologies as well as sustain a Tech Center over time (minimum three years).

Best Buy will provide a combination of cash and in‐kind support for the first year, including a technology grant to be used to acquire the hardware, software, and necessary accessories; a furniture grant to be used to reflects the "look and feel" of a teen‐centric space; support for facility design and layout, equipment set‐up, software installation, and technical assistance; and a $50,000 grant to be used for staffing, staff development, and travel for required training‐related purposes. Best Buy matching construction grants of up to $50,000 are available to all organizations establishing a new Best Buy Teen Tech Center. In addition, programs can apply for Technology Refresh and Retool grants from Best Buy of up to $10,000 each year to support the center.

To be eligible, applicant organizations must be located within an existing and successful afterschool program that already serves youth between the ages of 13 and 18 and is hosted within a community organization-run facility. Programs must be located within fifteen miles of a Best Buy store.

See the Clubhouse Network webpage for complete program guidelines and application instructions for the five-page proposal.

Monday, December 10, 2018

NEH Preservation Grants for Smaller Institutions

Deadline: January 31, 2019

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. The maximum award amount is $10,000 ($15,000 for projects related to the 250th anniversary of American independence).

Applicants must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose preservation skills and experience are related to the types of collections and the nature of the activities that are the focus of their projects. The program encourages applications from the following sorts of institutions with significant humanities collections:
  • small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant;
  • community colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities; and
  • Native American tribes and Native Alaskan and Native Hawaiian organizations.
The program encourages applications for the following activities:
  • disaster planning, response, recovery, and mitigation; preservation assessments; conservation treatments; temporary relocation and storage of collections; purchase of supplies; education and training related to disaster planning and response; and reformatting of collections as a preservation methodology for institutions in federally declared disaster areas. 
Additional information and grant application materials are available on their website.

Friday, November 30, 2018

IMLS Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries Grants

Deadline: February 25, 2019

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special funding initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities. Award sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Institution types could include rural or urban public libraries, Native American tribal libraries, school districts representing elementary through secondary school libraries, or research or special libraries. For more details, please read the notice of funding opportunity (PDF).There are a number of ways to be “small,” and attributes of “small” libraries or archives could include: size of the staff and volunteer corps; operating budget and sources of revenue; size of the collection and range of services provided; size of facility and property; types, numbers, and geographic distribution of audiences served; and size relative to other organizations of the same discipline or within the same geographic region.

Three categories of APP grants are available:
Transforming School Library Practice: IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies.

Community Memory: This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories.

Digital Inclusion: This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

Grantees will participate in communities of practice based on their project category. Three third-party mentor organizations will lead these cohorts, providing expert guidance and facilitating communication between grantees.

Webinars will be held for applicants in December and January. For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar page.

For more details, visit the website and view the notice of funding opportunity (PDF). Applications will be accepted through

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Best Selling Library Grants Book and Twitter Feed

Our best selling book from ALA Editions, Winning Grants, Second Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians, is available to blog readers for $5 off through Dec. 31st. Use coupon code: SGBC18 online at the ALA Store. Also, we have a new twitter feed. Follow us at

"From page one, it is clear that this is nothing like the typical how-to book that leaves the reader with more questions than answers. Gerding and MacKellar’s expertise really shines in this manual. Each chapter is full of information, suggestions, and resources, and quickly builds even the greenest librarian’s confidence in their ability to find needed funding.Overall, this is an excellent resource for librarians and library staff at every level. The content will prepare readers for success, whether they are writing their first or their fiftieth grant application."—review from ALA's Reference & User Services Quarterly

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

PLA Mini-Grants for Promoting Healthy Communities: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage

Deadline: Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

The Public Library Association is seeking mini-grant applications from public libraries as part of a new initiative, Promoting Health Communities: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage. Up to 120 libraries will receive grants of $300 to disseminate information, offer education, partner with health insurance enrollment and provider groups, and encourage community members to enroll in the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace.

PLA, along with nearly a dozen other organizations throughout the U.S., is working to promote health insurance enrollment. The primary goal is to promote enrollment in the health insurance marketplace during the reduced period of Open Enrollment of the Affordable Care Act, now between November 1 and December 15, 2018. Consumers that receive in-person assistance are nearly 60% more likely to enroll in the health insurance marketplace. Public libraries, as critical community anchors, are well positioned to share information about the change and support patron’s efforts to enroll successfully. For more information, visit the PLA website, or apply at