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.