Grants

Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants - Deadline: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 21, 2017
Notes

Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections. Each year, three organizations that demonstrate need and potential benefit from receiving the collection are selected. All three libraries will receive copies of more than 40 titles submitted for consideration for the 2017 awards, including a full set of the 2017 winner and honor titles.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 21, 2017, and winners will be announced by mid-April.

For more information, and to apply, please visit www.ala.org/csk  and click on Book Donation Grant.

ALA Diversity Research Grant Program - Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Focus
Diversity
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 1, 2017
Notes

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program.  Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Applicants must be current ALA members. 

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research.  A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and select up to three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and will be expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association within the year following the completion of their research. The duration of the grant is for one year. 

A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved (including their current ALA membership number), a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, budget plan and timeline.

For a complete list of the criteria, please visit: http://www.ala.org/research/larks/diversity.

Submissions should be submitted in a PDF or Word document attachment, and emailed to diversity@ala.org

For more information or to inquire about possible research topics, please email diversity@ala.org or call (800) 545-2433 ext. 5295.

ALA Scholarship Program - Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Focus
Advancing the librarian profession
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 1, 2017
Notes

The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master's degree level.

Scholarships range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  They include scholarships for students who are interested in Children's Librarianship, Youth Librarianship, Federal Librarianship, new media and Library Automation.  In addition, there are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS. 

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a master’s level program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA.

For more information and to apply, visit:http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/scholarships

MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant - Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Focus
Professional Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 7, 2017
Notes

Members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a $1000 grant through the MANGO/NMRT Professional Development Grant.  Funds are given to assist with expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 22 – June 27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. This award is generously sponsored by MANGO Languages. Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5 pm (EST).

 

Applicants must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply.  If you want to be considered for the award but aren't yet a member of NMRT, you can join now. Just visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link to add NMRT to your ALA membership. It is well worth the low cost!  Successful applicants will show how their attendance at the ALA Annual Conference will impact their home institution, NMRT or another ALA organization, and their personal professional development.

 

Application available now.

 

PR Xchange Awards - Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Focus
Promotional Materials
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 15, 2017
Notes

Libraries everywhere are creating exciting promotional materials:  newsletters, program announcements, reading celebrations, advocacy materials, fundraising messages and much more. Now is the time to receive recognition for your library’s amazing work. The call for materials for the 2017 PR Xchange Awards competition is now open.

Read about the 2017 PR Xchange Awards Competition http://www.prxchangeawards.org

Submit your materials online by March 15, 2017: http://www.tinyurl.com/2017-prxchange-awards-prop

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions : http://tinyurl.com/2017-PRXchange-Awards-FAQ

Need more information? Please contact the PR Xchange Awards co-chairs Mark Aaron Polger and Lesli Baker at prxchange.awards@gmail.com.

 

About the PR Xchange Awards Competition

The 2017 PR Xchange Awards Competition recognizes the very best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. The PR Xchange Awards Competition is sponsored by the Public Relations and Marketing Section (PRMS) of the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The PR Xchange Awards Competition is overseen by the PR Xchange Committee.

Selection Criteria

This year’s competition will recognize original materials produced during the 2016 calendar year.  Entries will be evaluated based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in marketing, public relations, graphic design, and communications, who select the winner(s) in each category. Judging will be in the Greater New York City area for 2017. Please contact prxchange.awards@gmail.com if you are interested in being one of the volunteer judges. If you decide to become a volunteer judge, then you cannot submit materials this year.

Submit Your Work

Please complete the online submission form (http://tinyurl.com/2017-prxchange-awards-prop) for each entry by March 15, 2017. Each library may submit a maximum of 5 entries. If you are submitting a printed work, you must print out the confirmation email and mail it along with 3 hard copies of the work to:

2017 PR Xchange Awards Competition

c/o Mark Aaron Polger

70 East 10th street, apt. 6F

New York, NY 10003

Hard copies must be postmarked by the March 15, 2017 deadline. Submissions that are born digital should be submitted as electronic submissions.

Electronic submissions do not require a printed copy to be mailed out.

Winners

Winners will be notified in early May 2017.

FY18 Adult Literacy Grants - Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Focus
Adult Literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 15, 2017
Notes

 

Literacy grants enable educational agencies to provide reading, writing, math, and/or English language instruction to adults who lack basic academic skills enabling them to fully engage in family, work and community roles. The Illinois State Library's Adult Literacy grant programs are divided into the following three categories of service to address the different needs of the low-literate population:

  • Adult Volunteer Literacy
    Adult Volunteer Literacy programs utilizes volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction for adults who want to improve their reading, math, writing and language skills.
  • Penny Severns Family Literacy
    Family Literacy programs equip parents and their children, together and separately, to improve their basic reading, math, writing or language skills.
  • Workplace Skills Enhancement
    The educational needs of working adults are met through Workplace Skills Enhancement programs, which provide on-site basic skills learning opportunities at their workplace.

Fore more information, visit the Illinois State Library's website: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/literacy/adultlit-...

 

John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award - Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017
Focus
Public Relations Strategic Communication
Target
Public
Deadline
March 17, 2017
Notes

The John Cotton Dana Award, provided in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation, the American Library Association and EBSCO, honors outstanding library public relations, whether a summer reading program, a year-long centennial celebration, fundraising for a new college library, an awareness campaign or an innovative partnership in the community.

In recognition of their achievement, John Cotton Dana award winners receive a cash award from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The John Cotton Dana Awards are presented at an elegant reception hosted by EBSCO held during the American Library Association annual conference.

The John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards offer eight $10,000 awards for outstanding public relations efforts.

An application must be a public relations/strategic communication program that occurred entirely during 2016, the 2015‐2016 academic year, or a multi‐year project completed in 2016.

For more information, and to apply, please visit: https://www.ebscohost.com/academic/john-cotton-dana

 

NASA @ My Library Grant - Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Focus
STEM programming
Target
Public
Deadline
March 22, 2017
Notes

Public libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.

The project 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. 

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).

Applications will be accepted from Feb. 1 to March 22, 2017. To view the project guidelines and apply online, visit https://apply.ala.org/nasalibraries. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to apply; membership status will have no impact on your application.

As part of Phase 1 (May 2017 to Oct. 2018), selected NASA@ My Library Partners will receive:

  • Two NASA STEM Facilitation Kits (total value: $750) designed for use in hands-on STEM programming facilitated by library staff or outside groups, such as NASA subject matter experts. The kits will include STEM tools and hands-on activities based on the following themes: “Sun-Earth-Moon Connections” and “Expanding Your Senses.” The kits’ contents are being finalized based on feedback from three NASA@ My Library pilot libraries; sample contents may include a telescope, binoculars, a microscope, a “green screen” backdrop, robotics and coding activity sets, and more.
  • A tablet computer, pre-loaded with how-to videos, apps, educational games and visualizations relevant to the kit materials.
  • A $500 programming stipend
  • Participation for one library staff member in a required two-day orientation workshop in Denver in February 2018
  • An $800 stipend for travel costs for the orientation workshop
  • Promotion to NASA subject matter expert networks for potential program partnerships
  • Training webinars about using the NASA STEM Facilitation Kit materials in programming
  • Ongoing networking opportunities with participating libraries

NASA@ My Library Partners that participate in Phase 2 (November 2018 to December 2020) will receive:

  • NASA STEM backpacks designed for circulation (total value: $200)
  • Two additional NASA STEM Facilitation Kits (total value: $750)
  • An additional $500 programming stipend

Participating libraries will be required to hold at least three public programs per year that utilize the NASA STEM Facilitation Kits, NASA educational resources and/or NASA subject matter experts. The programs should target a variety of age groups, and at least one program per year must be a publicized, high-profile event. Grantees will also be asked to host a community dialogue event to discuss STEM learning needs of their community. View the full project guidelines.

African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, women, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socioeconomic status are underrepresented in various fields of science and engineering across all levels – from K-12 to long-term workforce participation. Public libraries serving rural and geographically isolated communities, as well as those conducting outreach to other groups underrepresented in STEM fields, are especially encouraged to apply.

Project Next Generation - Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
Focus
At Risk Students
Target
Public
Deadline
March 31, 2017
Notes

Project Next Generation (PNG) grant projects encourage personal growth and the educational development of at risk students through the use of mentors, technology and library based group projects. The goal of PNG is to bridge the digital divide by making recent technologies accessible to students who have limited access to computers. In a similar manner, the program strives to provide a safe and friendly environment filled with positive role models. The mentors involved with the program foster the development of self-confidence and pride in their students by helping them gain technical knowledge necessary for future educational and professional success.

More information is posted on the ISL website: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/png.html

My First AASL National Conference" Travel Grant - Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
Focus
School Librarians
Target
School
Deadline
March 31, 2017
Notes

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 18th National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, themed “Beyond the Horizon,” will be held Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full conference details can be found at national.aasl.org.

The $750 grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books. Those interested in applying can access the application at www.ala.org/aasl/btsb. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. Central time on Thus., March 31, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

“At Bound To Stay Bound we recognize the value of the professional school librarian in our schools and take pride in being able to offer these grants to help further their knowledge and give them an opportunity to share their experiences with other professionals,” said Bob Sibert of Bound To Stay Bound Books.

"I remember my first AASL conference experience in Birmingham, Ala., in 1999," said AASL President Audrey Church. "'Awestruck' and 'speechless' are adjectives that I would use to describe my reaction — the authors, the sessions, the exhibits, interacting with colleagues from across the nation, every session being relevant to what I was doing in my school library — let’s just say that I have not missed an AASL conference since! I give sincere thanks to Bound To Stay Bound for allowing thirty first-time attendees to experience the same in 2017. BTSB's generous support provides professional growth and learning opportunities for our colleagues and allows them to join us while we celebrate AASL’s 65th birthday, launch new standards, and look 'Beyond the Horizon.'"

The AASL National Conference & Exhibition is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. The 18th National Conference & Exhibition, “Beyond the Horizon,” taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the profession.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants Program - Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017
Focus
Youth
Target
Public, School
Deadline
March 31, 2017
Notes

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers Mini-Grants to public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs in the United States and its territories.

Grants of up to $500 are provided for projects that foster creative expression, working together, and interaction with a diverse community.

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants have been used in a number of successful school and library programs, including:

  • an ongoing pen pal project bringing together disparate communities;
  • a multicultural portrait project;
  • an art project culminating in an art show, a mural, or a quilt;
  • bookmaking;
  • creating and performing a puppet show;
  • an intergenerational journal or activity;
  • a theater production;
  • a newspaper or other publication;
  • an intergenerational activity; and,
  • a program that brings disparate communities together.

Grants are not provided for general operating or administrative costs, salaries, or fees.

Private schools, parochial schools, and charter schools are not eligible to apply.

For additional information, and an application, click http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/section/ezra-jack-keats-mini-grant-program-for-public-libraries-public-schools/

Focus
Library Support
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 1, 2017
Notes

United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 45 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

The awards will be given based on a specific project that took place or culminated during the 2016 calendar year. Applications are judged on planning, implementation, evaluation, innovation and community involvement.

Applicants must have a United for Libraries friends or foundation group membership valid through June 2017. Winners will be notified by June 1, 2017. Please contact United for Libraries to verify eligibility prior to preparing an entry. The application form is available at www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/friends/bakertaylor. Summaries of past award-winning projects can also be found on the website.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

Focus
Humanities Programming
Target
School
Deadline
May 5, 2017
Notes

School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 5, 2017. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

School libraries, public or private, that serve K-8 students are eligible. Nominated programs must have taken place during the current school year (2016-17). Programs that are still in progress as of the award deadline are eligible, and libraries are encouraged to self-nominate.

Eligible humanities programs may be focused in many subject areas, including social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, foreign language and culture. Programs should focus on broadening perspectives and helping students understand the world and their place in it. They should be initiated and coordinated by the school librarian and exemplify the role of the library program in advancing the overall educational goals of the school.

Illinois Energy Now - Energy Efficiency Grants - Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Focus
Energy Efficiency
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 31, 2017
Notes

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Energy Now program is fully funded through May 2017.  Indian Trails Public Library District recently took advantage of this program for its lighting retrofit project, and received over $39,000 in rebates. 

Libraries across Illinois can realize the same benefits of reducing operating costs, saving taxpayer money, and protecting the environment.  All projects must be completed by May 31, 2017 to be eligible.  The 360 Energy Group can provide free energy assessments and estimates, as well as assist with rebate applications.  

Please feel free to contact K.C. Doyle, Cook County Energy & Sustainability Manager, kathryn.doyle@cookcountyil.gov.

Focus
Kids' Health and Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

For libraries that have access to 501(c)3 status, if you plan an event (such as your Summer Reading program), and your local Kohls store is able to send five of their associates to volunteer at the event, your library will get help with conducting the event, AND as $500 check from Kohls!  More information can be found at http://aia.kohls.com.  To schedule an event, contact your local Kohls store.

Focus
Construction and facilities
Target
Public
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

"This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings."  For additional information, click here.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Educated Kids
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

For additional information about the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, what types of programs it supports, and how to apply for a grant, click here.

TechSoup - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Technology
Target
Public
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

"TechSoup has the products you need to maximize your technology services to your community. Whether you're looking to upgrade your public access computers, seeking new software, or searching for a way to keep your technology secure, TechSoup's donation program can help you make it happen. We also have a wide range of content and free webinars tailored especially for public libraries on
http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/ "

Lowe's Small Grants - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
non-educational focused projects
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

"The small grants program is an outlet for organizations seeking smaller-scale assistance for non-educational focused projects. These grants range from $100 to $2,000. Small grant project requests must also fit within the Giving Guidelines. These requests are received on a rolling basis, with no specific cycle dates. Please note that grant funds are distributed as Lowe’s gift cards.

For questions contact community@lowes.com or visit our FAQ’s."

For additional information, click here -- http://responsibility.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant/

Banterra Banks - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Community support
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

From the Banterra website:  At Banterra, we understand the importance of service and taking care of our community. That's probably because we understand that our business is about relationships, meeting customers needs, and doing what we can to improve our neighborhoods.

While limited, we can often help with sponsorships, donations or volunteers for charity and community events. If interested, fill out a sponsorship or donation form and return it to your local branch for consideration.

To find the mentioned form, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on "donation".

Focus
Various
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

Harvey Firestone, Jr. Foundation
2000 Brush Street
Suite 440
Detroit, MI
48226

Phone: 313-961-0500

Primary Contact:
Ms. Christine Jaggi

Geographic Scope:
Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island

Type of Organization: Foundation

Total Annual Giving:  $6,003,000

Grant Range: $500 - $105,000

Average Grant: $500 - $5,000

Grant Details:
Occasionally, much larger grants are made.

Eligibility Requirements:
Nonprofit organizations

Application Deadlines:
None

Areas of Interest:
The Harvey Firestone, Jr. Foundation gives to nonprofit organizations primarily in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island.

The Foundation main areas of interest include:

  • arts and culture, including museums;
  • Christian churches and organizations;
  • education;
  • environment;
  • hospitals;
  • human services; and,
  • libraries.

Types of support include general operating and project support.

The Foundation does not give to individuals.

Application Procedures:
Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request. Applicants should also include a copy of the IRS letter confirming tax-exempt status and the most recent financial statement.

The H.W. Wilson Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Libraries & higher education institutions
Target
Public, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The H. W. Wilson Foundation
420 Lexington Avenue
Suite 2450
New York, NY
10170

Phone: 212-972-6490
Url: http://www.thwwf.org

Primary Contact:  Mr. William Stanton, Executive Director

Grant Range: $500 - $100,000

Average Grant: $10,000

Eligibility Requirements:  Libraries and higher education institutions

Application Deadlines:  None. Requests are reviewed monthly.

Areas of Interest:
The H. W. Wilson Foundation primarily provides support for libraries and programs associated with libraries.

The Foundation also provides support for higher education institutions offering advanced library science degrees, including scholarship programs for library science students.

Grants are not made for buildings, operating funds, or endowments.

Application Procedures:
Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request.

The Lisa Libraries - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Children's books
Target
Public, School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas.

For additional information, click here -- http://www.lisalibraries.org/

 

Awesomeness in the Universe - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Innovative practices
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

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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