Library Grants
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize
Deadline: February 28, 2018

The National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize awards $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project which creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community they serve. In addition, the Foundation recognizes four projects to receive the designation of honorable mention. Both the winner and the honorable mentions are invited to participate in the Foundations’ annual Why Reading Matters Conference.

All U.S. citizens and American institutions are eligible for this prize. Examples include:
Applicants should:
You may submit your own application, or nominate an organization or individual's project. For more information and to apply, visit the website:
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Saturday, January 20, 2018
NCFL Camp Wonderopolis Library Grants
Deadline: February 9, 2018

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is accepting applications for Camp Wonderopolis 2018 library grants. Three libraries will be awarded funding to implement Camp Wonderopolis programming for families during summer months through a series of four workshops.

NCFL will award each library a $3,000 grant and provide training and support to implement Camp Wonderopolis workshops for parents/caregivers and their school-aged children. Libraries will be expected to:
For more information and to submit the brief application visit the website.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
ALA Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant
Deadline: January 31, 2018
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools, underfunded libraries, and other community organizations. This grant is administered by ALA's Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). Any agency or institution that serves children or youth can apply for this award which includes approximately 300 books by African American authors and illustrators..

For the online application and more details, please visit the website

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
ALA 2018 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
Deadline: February 15, 2018, at 11:59 pm CST. 

The American Library Association's (ALA) Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. 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, they will also receive a free one-year membership in LRT. 

Applicants do not have to be ALA members to apply. Applicants must complete an online application (available at

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, Pat believed in quality library service, leadership development, and continual learning. The award recipient will be notified in May 2018.

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
The American Dream Starts @ your library
Deadline: January 2, 2018

The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services with funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is offering up to 15 grants of $10,000 each through the American Dream Starts @ your library initiative. These grants will help public libraries to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

Eligibility criteria:

Read the full project guidelines and apply online.
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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program
Deadline: March 31, 2018

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children's love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 30th year of its Mini-Grant program with a call for proposals. Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries across the country.

Since 1987, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has provided nearly $970,000 in support of Mini-Grant programs spanning the 50 states and U.S commonwealths. To learn more about Mini-Grants, including this year’s criteria, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants .

Founded by the late Caldecott award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression by supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries; cultivating new writers and illustrators of exceptional picture books that reflect the experience of childhood in our diverse culture; and protecting and promoting the work of Keats, whose book The Snowy Day broke the color barrier in children’s publishing. To learn more about the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, visit .

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services, and More Grant
Deadline: December 1, 2017

The “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” grant is sponsored by Libraries and Autism: We're Connected. Each year, a total of $5,000 will be awarded. The grant funding period is April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

Any type of library in the U.S. or Canada can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Applicants may propose to 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 proposed must benefit people with autism 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 the application materials, visit the website.

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Monday, August 28, 2017
ALA's Media Literacy @ Your Library Grants
Deadline: September 11, 2017.

Public libraries are invited to apply to be part of Media Literacy @ Your Library, a learning and prototyping project. The goal of this project is to train library workers to better equip the public to be discerning news consumers. ALA and the Center for News Literacy (CNL) will work with teams from five libraries to adapt existing media literacy training to serve the needs of public librarians and the communities they serve.

The five selected cohort library teams will attend in-person training and conduct related public programs in their communities. Team members will provide feedback on the training and serve as advisors to and beta testers for the development of a corresponding web-based learning experience. This grant opportunity seeks engagement from libraries willing to explore, implement, adapt and — most importantly — provide candid feedback on training that will ultimately enrich the field and better position libraries to meet community needs.

Media Literacy @ Your Library is a project of the American Library Association in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation.

For more information, view the project guidelines.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017
ALA's "Libraries Ready to Code" Grants
Deadline: August 31, 2017

Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of the American Library Association, sponsored by Google, which aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) among our nation’s youth.

ALA is accepting grant proposals of up to $25,000 to join a cohort of libraries that will 1) implement CT or CS programming for and with youth via their library; and 2) collaboratively develop a Ready to Code toolkit with the goal of enabling any library, regardless of geography, expertise, or affluence to deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.
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Wednesday, August 02, 2017
The Pilcrow Foundation Rural Public Library Grants
Deadlines: March 1, May 1, and October 1, 2017

The Pilcrow Foundation, a national non-profit public charity, provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through a local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books.

Grant recipients can select from a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books best suited for their community, including award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations. The Pilcrow Foundation accepts applications from independent rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries as well as libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative system.

Rural public libraries in the United States that have suffered loss and damage due to recent natural disasters (flooding, fire, hurricanes, etc.) may be eligible for special non-matching book grants: Disaster Relief Grant information.

For more details and application process, please visit the website: 
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Monday, July 17, 2017
YALSA's Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College and Career Readiness Services
Deadline: September 1, 2017

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), is implementing an innovative project to build the capacity of small, rural, and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness (CCR) services for middle  schoolers. Funding is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and includes a stipend to purchase CCR materials, and funds to travel to Denver, CO, Feb. 8 - 9, 2018 for orientation during ALA Midwinter, including funds for temporary staffing help in your library during the conference. Funds are also provided to attend a conferences or other training opportunities locally to learn more about supporting CCR needs. The project is aimed at library staff in libraries with a service population of 15,000 or fewer, as well as libraries that are 25 miles or more from an urbanized area. 30 participants will be selected for the current cohort.

Future Ready with the Library Goals:
The project FAQ is available and includes information on the project, the application process, and project expectations for participants. Potential applicants should read this information in order to gain an understanding of the activities they will be invited to participate in if selected for cohort 2. A pdf sample version of the application form is available for review when developing your submission. The application is available online:

If you have any questions about the application process or the project contact the Future Ready with the Library IMLS grant project manager, Linda W. Braun,

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
ALA's Vietnam War Programming Kit
Deadline: August 1, 2017

In partnership with WETA in Washington, D.C., the American Library Association (ALA) has developed a public library programming kit for "The Vietnam War," a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Fifty public libraries will be selected, through a competitive application process, to receive the kit, which will include a programming guide and a copy of the full 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights. The kit will help libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history.

Recipients will also receive promotional materials, online resources developed to support local programs, opportunities for partnership with local PBS station(s), and more. Participating libraries will be required to host at least one program related to the film before Jan. 1, 2018, along with other promotional and reporting requirements.

View the full project guidelines or begin your online application.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017
YALSA Dollar General Teen Read Week Grant
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer ten $1,000 grants to recognize outstanding Teen Read Week activities from its members.

The applicant must plan and present an outline for a Teen Read Week activity that is coordinated by a library. The 2017 event will be held Oct. 8 - 14th, featuring the theme 'Unleash Your Story. The activity must be open to all teens (12-18 years) and incorporate programming best practices as outlined in YALSA's Teen Programming Guidelines. YALSA encourages innovative proposals that are inclusive of under-served teen populations. Individual library branches within a larger system are welcome to apply. Libraries should be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store (see Dollar General's Store Locator). Recipients will be announced the week of July 10, 2017. 

To learn more about Teen Read Week, visit The short online grant application is available: 

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Best Buy Teen Tech Center Grants
Deadline: June 5, 2017

Since 2012, Best Buy has partnered with the Clubhouse Network to open twelve Best Buy Teen Tech Centers. They plan on funding 6 more sites in 2017 in: Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh. 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 a Community Grant from Best Buy of up to $10,000 each year to support the center. Program funding cannot be used for general overhead expenditures.

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. In addition, organizations must be located within the metro area of one of the following cities: Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh. 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.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017

Walmart Foundation has a number of grants available. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving: Strengthening Local Communities, Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, and Career Opportunity. See below for more information on national and state grants or follow this link:

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 before 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:
The National Giving Program awards grants of $250,000 and above. Nonprofit organizations must operate on a national scope through chapters/ affiliates in many states around the country or through programs that operate regionally/locally but seek funding to replicate program activities nationally.

The State Giving Program awards grants of $25,000 to $200,000. Nonprofit organizations must operate on a regional/ state level or be affiliates/ chapters of larger organizations that operate on the regional/ state level.
The Northwest Arkansas Giving Program awards grants of $10,000 and above. Nonprofit organizations must operate in Benton or Washington Counties of Northwest Arkansas.

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Monday, May 08, 2017
Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants
Deadline: May 18, 2017

Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:
Grant Announcement: September 7, 2017. Maximum Grant Amount: $4,000. For more information and to apply, visit the website

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
FTRF Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Grants
Deadline: May 12, 2017

Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to non-profit organizations including libraries, schools, and universities to support activities which raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration (September 24-30, 2017). Grants are awarded at two levels, $1,000 and $2,500. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years.

Grantees also receive an ALA 2017 Banned Books Week PromoKit valued at $84 which includes one poster, one roll of stickers, one 50-pack of the “2017 Field Report: Banned and Challenged Books,” one 100-pack of bookmarks, and one tote bag.

Grantees are encouraged to share their events on social media and local press. A follow-up report detailing expenditures, numbers of participants, links to press coverage, and a narrative of the event is due within six weeks of the Banned Books Week celebration. For more information and to apply, visit

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Vernon Library Supplies Grants: English Literacy for New Immigrants
Deadline: October 31, 2017

Vernon Library Supplies is giving away 100% of its 2017 operating profits to libraries and other non-profit organizations with programs designed to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency.

On December 1, 2017 Vernon will begin giving out grants of up to $5,000. Grant application forms and more information is available on their website:

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Friday, February 03, 2017
NASA@ My Library Grant
Deadline: March 22, 2017

Seventy-five U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to become NASA@ My Library Partners and participate in the 18-month project (Phase 1), with the opportunity to extend for an additional two-year period (Phase 2).

NASA@ My Library Partners will receive materials and training to assist them in leading educational, fun STEM programming for all ages. Participating libraries will receive two NASA STEM Facilitation Kits designed for use in hands-on STEM programming; a tablet computer pre-loaded with how-to videos, apps, educational games and other materials relevant to the Facilitation Kits; an invitation to a two-day orientation workshop in Denver; programming and travel stipends; and more. For a full list of Phase 1 and Phase 2 benefits, view the full project guidelines

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, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center.

For more information, view the full project guidelinespreview a PDF of the online application prior to applying.or begin your online application (scroll to bottom of page).

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Friday, November 25, 2016
Medical Library Association Seeks Applications for Research, Development, Demonstration Project Grant
Deadline: December 1, 2016

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded in support of research, development, or demonstration projects designed to promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences. To be eligible, applicants must hold a graduate degree in library science; be a practicing health sciences librarian with at least two years of professional experience; and be a citizen of or have permanent residence status in either the United States or Canada. Priority will be given to individual MLA members. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the MLA website.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Projects
Deadline: February 1, 2017

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, is accepting applications from school librarians for its AASL Innovative Reading Grant program. A single grant in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to support the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program that motivates and encourages children to read more. The proposed project should promote the importance of reading and facilitate literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy. In addition, the project must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in a school library setting, encourage innovative ways to involve children in reading, and demonstrate potential to impact student learning.

To be eligible, applicants must be a member of AASL. (Note: the grant recipient also may be invited to write an article that describes his or her project and includes learnings and recommendations so that others may replicate its success.) See the AASL website for complete program guidelines and application procedures.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
PLA Grants and Awards

Deadline: December 5, 2016

The Public Library Association has nine service awards and grants to 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! The PLA Awards include:

Allie Beth Martin Award
Honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has distinguished ability to share that knowledge.

Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses.

Charlie Robinson Award
Honors a public library director who, over a period of seven (7) years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library.

Demco New Leaders Travel Grant
Designed to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities.

EBSCO Excellence in Rural Library Service Award
Honors a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment.

Gordon M. Conable Award
Honors a public library staff member, a library trustee, or a public library, that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights.

John Iliff Award
Honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries, and recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users.

Romance Writers of America Library Grant
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming.

Upstart Innovation Award
Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
ALA Great Stories Club Grant
Deadline: Dec. 30, 2016

ALA's Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens featuring books under the theme “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide.” The project is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Working with small groups of 6 to 10 teens, grantees will host reading and discussion events for each of three selected book titles. The Great Stories Club titles — selected by humanities scholars in consultation with librarian advisors— are chosen to resonate with reluctant readers struggling with complex issues like incarceration, violence and poverty.

Eligible libraries are located within or working in partnership with organizations that serve at-risk youth, such as alternative high schools, juvenile justice organizations, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, teen parenting programs, residential treatment facilities and other nonprofit and community agencies. Up to 100 grants will be awarded.

Click here for guidelines and to apply online.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
NEA Big Read Grants
Deadline: January 26, 2017

NEA Big Read is accepting applications from libraries and non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2017 and June 2018. NEA Big Read is a national program that broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

A Big Read is a month-long series of programs centered around one NEA Big Read book. Programs should include a kickoff, a keynote, book discussions, and other artistic events to foster engagement with the selected title and encourage reading.

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 from across the country will be selected. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000. 13 new titles have been added to the Big Read list this year.

Visit for more information. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants
DEADLINE: March 31, 2017

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, celebrates the 29th year of its Mini-Grant program with a call for proposals. Approximately 60 grants of $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the United States. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants by early May.

“For almost 30 years it has been our joy to award Mini-Grants to support teachers and librarians who reach beyond the standard curriculum—creating programs that inspire and encourage students in a creative and cooperative context,” says Deborah Pope, Executive Director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. “It is essential that educators have resources to create these special programs, and this year we’ve revamped our application to make it even easier for them to apply for funding.”
Since 1987, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has provided nearly $880,000 in support of Mini-Grant programs spanning the 50 states and the U.S. Commonwealth.

Recent EJK Mini-Grants Help Latino Students Embrace Their Heritage and Share Their Culture in Frankfort, Indiana, and Students in Auburn, Maine, have “Fun with French.” Other creative programs funded in the past have included:
To learn more about Mini-Grants, including this year’s criteria, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants.

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Monday, October 03, 2016
WebJunction's Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces
Deadline extended: October 24, 2016

OCLC, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is accepting applications from small public libraries (serving communities with fewer than 25,000 people) interested in engaging their communities in a space transformation process to support active learning at the library.

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces is a two-year project made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Smart spaces are where discovery and community intersect, fostering social connection among people of all ages by providing opportunities for active learning.

Through this project, 15 small public libraries serving rural or otherwise remote communities will be selected to participate in an online orientation and community of practice facilitated by WebJunction, OCLC's public library program. They will work with each other and their communities to reimagine and reconfigure their library spaces as hubs of active learning and engagement.

Project participation is free to selected libraries. OCLC will provide each library with up to $5,000 in federal grant funds for allowable expenses associated with their space transformation. Allowable expenses generally include items like furniture, décor, computer equipment, lighting, shelving, shipping, etc.

For more information, visit the website: Applications are being accepted online at the following link:

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016
NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Deadline: January 11, 2017

NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their life cycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Through a special partnership, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing additional funding to this program to encourage innovative collaborations between museum or library professionals and humanities professionals to advance preservation of, access to, use of, and engagement with digital collections and services. Through this partnership, IMLS and NEH may jointly fund some DHAG projects that involve collaborations with museums and/or libraries.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants may involve creating or enhancing experimental, computationally-based methods or techniques that contribute to the humanities; pursuing scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture and its impact on society, or explores the philosophical or practical implications and impact of digital humanities in specific fields or disciplines; or revitalizing and/or recovering existing digital projects that promise to contribute substantively to scholarship, teaching, or public knowledge of the humanities.

For the application and more details, visit the website:
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Monday, August 08, 2016
TEI Landmark Audio’s 25th Year Children’s Literacy and Programming Grant
Deadline: November 15, 2016

To celebrate 25 years of "Giving a Voice to Literature," TEI Landmark Audio will award (25) $1,000 grants to support literacy for young people. All libraries are invited to participate in this grant opportunity, whether or not they are current customers. Grant awards will be announced on December 15, 2016.

Applicants must be a public or nonprofit community based organization (ex: library or school). Individual library branches within a larger system are welcome to apply. Funds must be used for children’s programming/children’s literacy programming.

You may download the simple, single page Grant Application at Details, deadlines, and requirements are noted on the application. Applications must be signed by a library director and include a contact for the grant administrator.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation
Deadline:  October 1st, 2016

The Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation recognize public libraries creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support local reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.

All programs must show measurement of successful outcomes, and some of the following:
Awards include $1,000 in Penguin Random House books, as well as one $10,000 grant award (plus ALA Midwinter conference registration and transportation) and four runner-up $1,000 grant awards. 

For the complete guidelines and application form, please visit the website:

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Califa Library Group: PLACE Grants
Deadline extended! Due date: August 7, 2016

The Califa Library Group is accepting applications for mini-grants to librarians in rural public libraries and under-resourced urban libraries who are interested in providing science-based adult programming focused on local weather challenges and threats.

PLACE: Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement: Environmental Literacy Through Climate Change Discussions, is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), working in partnership with the National Weather Service, Califa Library Group, Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group. 

PLACE will build capacity to plan and facilitate science-based library programs in partnership with NOAA scientists. The library programs use videos and popular books to engage audiences and promote discussion.The professional development will include interactive webinars, online learning materials, peer support, and video case studies of similar adult STEM programs. 

Participating libraries will receive program materials, a planning guide, marketing and promotional templates, and $1,000 for the three-part program series. Librarians can play a significant role in increasing a community's climate resiliency—the ability to recover quickly from or plan for and anticipate weather impacts. Using a model that is essentially “book club meets science café,” PLACE engages people in their own libraries and within their own communities to discuss local weather challenges and threats. For more details and to apply, please visit the website,

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
NHPRC Grant: Public Engagement with Historical Records
Draft Deadline (optional): July 26, 2016
Final Deadline: October 6, 2016

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. In general, collaborations among archivists, documentary editors, historians, educators, and/or community-based individuals are more likely to create a competitive proposal.

Projects might create and develop programs to engage people in the study and use of historical records for institutional, educational or personal reasons. For example, an applicant can:
For a comprehensive list of the Commission's limitations on funding, please see What We Do and Do Not Fund. A grant normally is for one to three years. The Commission expects to make up to three grants between $50,000 and $150,000. Grants begin no earlier than July 1, 2017. Eligible applicants include:
For more information and a link to the application, please visit:
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant
Deadline July 19, 2016

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts. The maximum award for planning and pilot projects is $50,000. Example projects include: arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections; cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture; providing conservation treatment for collections, leading to enhanced access; digitizing collections; preserving and improving access to born-digital sources, including the updating of existing digital resources; creating oral history interview collections about war and military service; developing databases, virtual collections, and other digital resources.

U.S. nonprofit organizations are eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. For more information and applications, visit the website and download application materials from the right sidebar:
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Best Buy Foundation Community Grants
Deadline: July 1, 2016

The Best Buy Foundation will donate Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.
Examples of program activities include:
Community Grants are designed to support local efforts and are reviewed for consideration by Best Buy teams across the nation. The average grant amount is $5,000 and will not exceed $10,000. Visit the Best Buy website for RFP guidelines and application.
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Monday, May 23, 2016
Grammy Foundation Grants for Music Research and Preservation Projects
Deadline Oct. 1, 2016 (for LOI)
Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation's grant program provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts and for scientific research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

The archiving and preservation projects grant program awards grants to organizations and individuals in support of efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The archiving and preservation area has two funding categories — preservation implementation (grants of up to $20,000) and planning, assessment and/or consultation (grants of up to $5,000). Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are due October 1, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Visit the Grammy Foundation website for complete program guidelines and LOI form: 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Humanities Open Book Program
Deadline: September 13, 2016

The Humanities Open Book Program is designed to make outstanding out-of-print humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost “ebook” technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that have long been out of print. Humanities Open Book is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Visit the NEH website for more information including guidelines and application package.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Knight News Challenge: Libraries
Deadline: March 21, 2016

Submit your project ideas to the Knight News Challenge: Libraries. This is an open call for ideas focused on advancing libraries to better serve individuals and communities in the 21st century.This competition is open to nonprofits, for-profits or individuals. Share your idea, why you think it is a good one and how you and your team will make it happen. Winners receive funding and support from Knight Foundation to help advance their ideas.

$3 million dollars will be awarded; the typical award amount for the Knight News Challenge ranges between $200,000 and $500,000, but it varies with each project and contest. At this first stage of the contest, they do not ask for a budget request— that occurs during the second review phase with selected semifinalists when participants have the opportunity to refine their submission during two review phases.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
NEA Challenge America Grants
Deadline: April 14, 2016

The Challenge America grant offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The involvement of professionally trained, experienced artists and arts professionals is essential. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development such as an event with a guest artist, promotion of community-wide arts activities and resources, or the development of a visual arts project through community engagement. Challenge America grants are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match. For more information and application details, please visit:
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Monday, February 22, 2016
EBSCO Solar Grant for Libraries
Deadline: April 29, 2016

Are you a publicly-funded U.S. library interested in transitioning from brown power (electric, gas, oil, etc.) to solar power? EBSCO has announced a grant program that will fund up to $150,000 to one or more libraries to pay for a solar installation. This will allow the winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenditures and, if allowed in their state, to sell back electricity to the grid.

One of the goals of the grant is to introduce people to solar power and the value of alternative energies. The grant application asks how the library grant project will include programs, community engagement or educational opportunities. Examples given in the FAQ include the following. A public library or school might incorporate the installation into a community outreach program or create book displays and reading lists about solar power. A college or university might engage its Environmental Studies or Engineering faculty and students in the project or create ways to engage the student body.

For more information, including the application, please visit the website:
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
NEH Preservation Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline: May 3, 2016

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.

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. Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially encouraged to apply. Additional information and grant application materials are available on their website.

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NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Deadline: December 1, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities' Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grants help cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. US libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations are eligible. All applicants, whether applying for planning or implementation projects, are required to focus on sustainable preventive conservation strategies.

To help an institution develop and assess preventive conservation strategies, planning grants of up to $40,000 support activities such as site visits, risk assessments, planning sessions, monitoring, testing, modeling, project-specific research, and preliminary designs for implementation projects. Planning grants must focus on exploring sustainable preventive conservation strategies. To help an institution implement a preventive conservation project, implementation grants of up to $350,000 are available. Implementation projects should be based on planning that has been specific to the needs of the institution and its collections within the context of its local environment. It is not necessary to receive an NEH planning grant to be eligible for an implementation grant. Implementation grants may also cover costs associated with renovation required to implement preventive conservation measures such as the purchase of storage furniture and the rehousing of collections that will be moved into a new building.

For more information, visit the NEH website:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Deadline Extended! We Need a Few More Grant Success Stories!
Your library could be highlighted in our upcoming book, Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians! 16 fantastic library grant success stories were showcased in the last edition of our book. Now is your chance to be included in our next book! Readers would love to learn about a successful grant your library has received. Tell us of your accomplishments, both planned and unexpected. All types of libraries and all sizes of grants will be included. Please complete this form. We will let you know if your library is chosen to be showcased.

Thank you!
Stephanie Gerding & Pam MacKellar

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
ALSC's Día Family Book Club Grants
Deadline: Feb. 22, 2016

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is accepting proposals for the 2016 Día Turns 20 mini-grants. Twenty grants to public libraries of $2,000  will help to celebrate the 20th anniversary of connecting children with diverse books through Día. This mini-grant is made possible by a generous donation from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Día Turns 20 mini-grant is part of the Children’s Day/Book Day or El día de los niños/El día de los libros initiative. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds, and 2016 marks the 20th year of its observance. Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. This is the second of two funding opportunities that ALSC has offered this year to help libraries celebrate Día all year. ALSC also manages the National Día Program Registry to help libraries and community partners share information about their Día programs throughout the year.

For more information and to apply for the mini-grant, please visit:
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Monday, February 01, 2016
Rural Gateways Grant
Deadline: February 15, 2016

This grant is for rural public library staff interested in bringing STEM learning opportunities to their communities. Grants will be awarded to 110 rural public libraries for $3,500 and access to public program materials, books, professional development, ongoing programming support, and an online peer-to-peer community.

Rural Gateways is a national research-based project funded by the National Science Foundation, with numerous partners and will include online professional development to help library staff plan and co-facilitate STEM library programs in their communities with a local partner. 

This grant supports participants who broadly represent public librarians working in US rural communities and supports those who have little or no experience in leading STEM programs for adults. They will provide skill-building support and materials needed to participate in the project. In addition to the mini-grant of $3500, grantees will have ongoing opportunities to connect virtually and via interactive learning webinars with other librarians participating in the project to build skills for planning STEM programs and engaging your community through partnerships.

For more information and to apply, visit the Califa website:

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Snapdragon Book Foundation
Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016

The Snapdragon Book Foundation provides funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Founded by a former school librarian, this foundation exists to put books in the hands of kids. Grants are awarded to U.S. public, private, and experimental schools. Winners are notified in June. For more information, and to apply visit the website:
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Department of Labor - Strengthening Working Families Initiative Grants
Deadline: Mar 16, 2016

To help parents obtain affordable, quality child care necessary to pursue education and training opportunities leading to good jobs in growing industries, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $25 million in grants through the Strengthening Working Families Initiative.

The grants will support public-private partnerships that bridge gaps between local workforce development and child-care systems. Funded programs will enable parents to access training and customized supportive services needed for IT, health care, advanced manufacturing jobs, and others. All participants in grant funded programs must be custodial parents, legal guardians, foster parents, or others standing in loco parentis with at least one dependent. Up to 25 percent of the grantees total budget may be used to provide quality, affordable care and other services to support their participation in training.

Grants up to $4 million will be awarded to partnerships that include the public workforce system, education and training providers, business entities, and local child-care or human-service providers. In addition, all partnerships must include at least three employers. Grantees will also be required to secure an amount equal to at least 25 percent of the total requested funds through outside leveraged resources. For more information and to apply, visit the listing: 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
AASL Grants and Awards
Deadlines: February 1, 2016
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has a number of awards and grants.

ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant:
This grant, up to $1,750, is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local levels. New ideas and approaches to leadership are encouraged. Applicant must be a current member of the AASL Affiliate Assembly. Possibilities include programs that: involve new members; train on-going leaders; prepare school librarians to be building or district level leaders; and/or encourage collaboration among organizations. For more information see:

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 see:

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

The grant provides funding to public school libraries—located in the U.S. and led by a certified school librarian—for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions their school library as a necessary resource in the community, tying in the theme “Strong School Libraries.” Funding includes $3,000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators; and $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 the years when there is no AASL national conference. For more information see:

Awards include:

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Captain Planet Foundation EcoTech Grants
Deadline: March 15, 2016

Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. See details and application information at:
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Captain Planet Foundation Small Grants
Deadlines: January 31 and September 30

Want to teach youth about the environment? Start a library garden project, recyling program, or other hands-on environmental education programming. The Captain Planet Foundation awards grants in the amount of $500 - $2,500 to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. The Foundation's objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Projects must be project-based, performed by youth, and have real environmental outcomes.
The application process (online form) and more details are on the website.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
ALA Loleta D. Fyan Grant
Deadline: January 10, 2016

Loleta Fyan, 1951-52 ALA President, bequeathed funds to ALA with the intent that "these funds be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide."

Applicants for grants up to $5,000 can include: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the American Library Association; library schools; or individuals. The project(s):
  1.  must result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide, 
  2. must have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
  3. should be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
  4. should be capable of completion within one year.
Please visit this website for more information and application details: Loleta D. Fyan Grant.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
ALA Traveling Exhibition: Thinking Money
Deadline: Jan. 29, 2016.

The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, is accepting applications for Thinking Money, a traveling exhibition to U.S. public libraries.

Money affects all Americans, but many of us lack the knowledge we need to make smart financial choices that will prepare us for whatever the future brings. Thinking Money strives to teach tweens, teens and their parents, caregivers and educators about financial literacy topics — like saving, spending and avoiding fraud — in a way that is not only understandable, but fun.

Thinking Money is a museum-quality exhibition that will travel to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2016 and 2018. Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, and imagining your future self.

Each selected site will receive:
There are two informational conference calls on Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. CST or Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. CST.

For guidelines, registration for the conference calls, and to apply online, visit

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
DEADLINE: February 15, 2016

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. You may propose activities or approaches that involve risk, as long as the risk is balanced by significant potential for improvement in the ways libraries and museums serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible. Visit the IMLS website for more information.
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Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries
DEADLINE: December 14, 2015

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, helps school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise would not have access to them. Grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded to help libraries in schools where 85 percent or more of students qualify for free or reduced lunches expand, update, and diversify their book collections.

Schools serving pre-K through grade 12 in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and all American territories, as well as Department of Defense schools in other countries, are eligible to apply. This includes all public, private, parochial, charter, city, state, county, and reservation schools — including special schools, social services schools, and juvenile detention center schools in any jurisdiction that serves any combination of pre-kindergarten through high school students.

For complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions, visit the Laura Bush Foundation website.
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Thursday, October 08, 2015
Awesome Foundation $1,000 Grants
Deadline: Ongoing 

The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is a worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding "awesomeness in the universe." Established in 2009, the foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled from ten or more self-organizing “micro-trustees." The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest.

Awesome projects range from public artwork to mobile applications to scientific experiments. Projects are not strictly defined, but tend to challenge and expand our understanding of individual and communal potential. They should also bring communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment, however temporary. Grants are provided with no strings attached, and the foundation claims no ownership over the projects it supports.

Chapters are divided by geography and by topic of interest. While specifying a chapter to apply to is not necessary (all chapters can view the applications received by all other chapters), many chapters show a preference for local projects.

The Awesome Foundation is open to all people and organizations. There are no prerequisites to apply. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as examples of previously funded projects, see the Awesome Foundation website.
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Monday, May 11, 2015
ALA Annual Diversity Research Grant Program
Deadline: May 26, 2015

The ALA Diversity Research Grant program addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2500 annual award for original research.

Grant recipients are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association within three months of completing their research. Grant proposals may address any diversity topic that speaks to critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. Grant applicants must be ALA members, and may direct questions to For more details including submission guidelines and evaluation criteria, visit the website.
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Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Book Grants
Deadline: May 29th, 2015

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants to school libraries and bookmobile programs, as well as charitable organizations [501(c)(3)] or other non-taxable organizations that have lending libraries. The Foundation gives to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Grants for 2014 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases for children preschool through grade 8  Successful applicants have proposed purchases to update their children's book collections generally or to expand their holdings in specific areas. More details regarding the grant program and a link to the application can be found on their Grant Program Information web page.
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Monday, December 08, 2014
StoryCorps @ your library Grants
Deadline:  February 6th 2015

StoryCorps @ your library grants represent the second phase of the StoryCorps @ your library project, following a pilot program in 2013-2014. The grant is offered by StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For more information, please visit the StoryCorps website.

Ten selected libraries will receive equipment, training, promotional materials and other resources to help them develop community documentation projects using the popular and unique facilitated StoryCorps interview model. As part of the StoryCorps approach, each interview participant receives a copy of their recording. With participant permission and based upon a written agreement with StoryCorps, local libraries will retain copies of fully released interviews. Copies of fully released interviews will also be deposited with the Library of Congress. If you have questions about the application, please refer to the guidelines, or contact the ALA Public Programs Office at 312-280-5045, or

For more information and to apply, visit  

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Friday, December 05, 2014
IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
Deadline: February 2, 2015

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are small that grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Sparks Grants support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. Grantees can undertake activities that involve risk and then share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities.

Successful proposals will address problems, challenges, or needs of broad relevance to libraries and/or archives. A proposed project should test a specific, innovative response to the identified problem and present a plan to make the findings widely and openly accessible. Projects should have broad potential impact and significant innovation.

Libraries that fulfill the general criteria for libraries may apply. In addition, institutions of higher education, including public and nonprofit universities, are eligible. The funding range is from $10,000 to $25,000, and there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015. Visit the websites for program guidelines and more information about the funding opportunity.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
ALA's Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
Deadline: December 15, 2014

The ALA Learning Round Table will award $1000 to attend a professional development event between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 and to share your new learning with others via the Learning Round Table newsletter, blog, listserv, Connect, or other means. Monies can be used to cover registration, travel, lodging or other expenses. 

The grant is in memory of the late Pat Carterette, a much admired Learning Round Table past-president, to honor her passion for professional development in the field of library and information sciences.

The online application is available at:

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Friday, September 19, 2014
ALA Carnegie-Whitney Grants
Deadline: November 7, 2014

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant program provides grants of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of
library. The grants are intended to cover preparation costs appropriate to the development of a useful product, including the cost of research. The grants do not cover the costs of final printing or online distribution of the product.

Grants are awarded to individuals; local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science. International applicants welcome.

The project(s) must:
For more information, visit the ALA website.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Teens Teach Tech Grant
Deadline: September 15, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for funding for a Teens Teach Tech program in your community! These programs serve as a series of informational workshops led by teens, meant for older adults to learn how to use modern technological devices. By teaching senior citizens to be comfortable with modern devices, the teens will also be strengthening intergenerational relationships and supporting community development. The grant will provide teens with proper training materials and will aid with promotional advertising for the program, inlcuding funding for promotional flyers, print-outs and volunteer staff T-shirts.

For more information, and to apply:
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Saturday, June 07, 2014
Best Small Library in America Award
Deadline: September 10, 2014

Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America, cosponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of these libraries. Now in its tenth year, the award honors the U.S. public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.

The winning library will receive a $20,000 cash award, a feature story in Library Journal, membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Conference in 2016, and a gala reception at the conference. Two finalist libraries will be awarded a $10,000 cash award as well as membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the PLA conference and the gala reception in 2016, and they will be given special mention in Library Journal.

Submission requirements and judging criteria are available on the website.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Margaret Edwards Teen Collection Development Grant
Deadline: December 1, 2014

This grant awards $5,000 for a library to use towards improving or expanding its teen collection. Funds may be used for print, non-print and/or digital materials. All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to four grants will be awarded in 2014.

All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted.

Each application will be judged on the basis of:
1. The degree of the library's need for collection development funding.
2. The effectiveness of the community assessment done to determine teen needs.
3. The strength of the plan to enhance the collection.
4. The impact this grant will bring to the teens in the library's community, especially disadvantaged youth.
5. The degree to which the plan supports the principles in The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action report.
A link to the application and more details can be found on the website.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Citizens-Save-Libraries Advocacy Grants
Deadline: May 5, 2014

Applications are currently being accepted for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive specialized onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

Among the criteria to apply is a willingness to “pay it forward” by sharing what is learned with others in their states through presentations at local conferences, articles written for the state library association journal and a willingness to answer questions and support other advocacy campaigns via digital media and Skype.

As part of the grant, a Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide that lays out a step-by-step blueprint for libraries to follow in generating advocacy campaigns is available to all libraries at no cost. The Power Guide is available at

For more information and to apply for the grants, visit
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Friday, April 11, 2014
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, and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements under-filled shelves as well as provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before. In 2004, the Lisa Libraries contributed over 15,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country. Visit the website for easy application criteria.
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Target Early Childhood Reading Grants
Deadline: April 30, 2014

Reading grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting preschool through 3rd grade reading programs such as library storytimes, book clubs and after-school reading events that foster a love of reading. Each Early Childhood Reading Grant is $2,000. Your library must be within 100 miles of a Target stores in order to apply for a Target grant. The application is available online.
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Outside the Box
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Outside the Box is an innovative program that brings people together for free, fun community activities. Through a competitive application process, public libraries and their communities will be selected based on characteristics such as geographic and ethnic diversity, local leadership, and innovative ideas for events and community activities. This year, up to 20 U.S. communities will participate in Outside the Box, developed and funded by Redbox, and managed by OCLC in partnership with Project for Public Spaces. 

Program participants will create a shared community space and hold an initial kickoff event to introduce the gathering place, such as:
Participants selected for Outside the Box will receive consultation and support on event and space design, event planning, and material selection selection of up to $5,000 in reusable materials provided by Redbox. Ideal applicants will complete free online training, brainstorm with their community, identify community partners, and host an Outside the Box community event between July – October 2014.

The application process is via a letter with the following information:
For more information and to apply visit the website

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
ALA Awards: Deadlines Extended!
New Deadlines: Feb. 3, 2014

A number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants have new extended deadlines. Many of these applications are quite short.

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Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort Grant
Deadline: March 6, 2014
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

The Libraries Transforming Communities project, made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, addresses a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents, and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity.

In April, up to 50 individuals representing teams from 10 public libraries nationally will be selected to participate in the Public Innovators Cohort. Selected libraries will receive:
Complete guidelines and application instructions can be found at: A conference call for interested applicants will be held at 1 p.m. central time on February 12, 2014.
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Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries
Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are accepting applications for the new Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries awards two grants to U.S. school, public, academic or special libraries:
Successful applicants will receive a $4,000 program grant plus a collection of Will Eisner’s work and biographies as well as the graphic novels nominated for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con International (collection valued at approximately $3,000). The grant award includes a travel stipend for a library representative to travel to the ALA Annual Conference to receive the grant from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.
The grant is administered by ALA’s Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels & Comics Member Initiative Group. More information on the grant and the application process is available online.

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Friday, December 06, 2013
AILA/APALA Talk Story Grants
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2014

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association are offering $600 mini-grants, sponsored by Toyota Financial Services, for the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture literacy program. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.

Libraries and community organizations that serve children and their families are eligible to apply. Awardees will be selected based upon creativity and originality of the implementation of the Talk Story program as well as financial need. Selection will also be based upon involvement of the library, community and community organizations as participants, leaders, and promoters of the proposed Talk Story program. For more information and to apply, visit the website:

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