Grants

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.

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

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/

Activating Community Opportunities - Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017
Focus
Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Target
Public
Deadline
April 3, 2017
Notes

The Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums/Libraries as Assets program supports projects that will help libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) and their communities learn together how to build upon the unique abilities of LAMs to achieve positive change. The application deadline is April 3, 2017.  For additional information and the online application, please click here.

ALA Diversity Research Grant Program - Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Focus
Diversity
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
April 15, 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 has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 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.

2017-2018 Readers’ Choice Grant - Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Focus
Readers Choice
Target
Public, School
Deadline
April 30, 2017
Notes

The Illinois School Library Media Association/Library Book Selection Service Endowment Fund announces its 2017-2018 Readers’ Choice Grant. Private and public schools along with public libraries registered to participate in any of the 2017-2018 Readers’ Choice programs—Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill, or Lincoln Book Award--are eligible to apply for this competitive grant. (You must be registered for the 2017-2018 program by April 30, 2017.) Grant recipients will be awarded one set of the 2017-2018 campaign books for the award program indicated on their application.

The grant application form, guidelines, checklist, rubric, and FAQ’s are available at the Endowment Fund website www.lbssfund.org. The application form became active March 15, 2017, and all applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on April 30, 2017. If you have questions about the grant, contact us at execsecretary@islma.org.

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.

Oakley Memorial Scholarship - Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017
Focus
Research and Advanced Study
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 15, 2017
Notes

In recognition of his life accomplishments and contributions, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers who are interested and/or active in the fields that Robert Oakley was expert in, namely: intellectual property, public policy, copyright and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities.

Professor and law librarian Robert Oakley was an expert on copyright law and wrote and lectured on the subject. He served on the LCA representing the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL) and played a leading role in advocating for U.S. libraries and the public they serve at many international forums including those of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He served as the United States delegate to the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights from 1997-2003. Mr. Oakley testified before Congress on copyright, open access, library appropriations and free access to government documents and was a member of the Library of Congress’ Section 108 Study Group. A valued colleague and mentor for numerous librarians, Oakley was a recognized leader in law librarianship and library management who also maintained a profound commitment to public policy and the rights of library users.

A $1,000 scholarship to encourage and expand interest in and knowledge of these aspects of librarianship, as well as bring the next generation of advocates, lobbyists and scholars to the forefront with opportunities they might not otherwise have will be awarded annually to an individual or a team of individuals who meet eligibility criteria.

Highest consideration will be given to applicants who are librarian(s) in their early-to-mid-careers. They must demonstrate interest in or be professional actively in copyright and public policy and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities.

Applicants should provide a statement of intent for use of the scholarship funds. Such a statement should include the applicant’s interest and background in intellectual property, public policy and/or copyright and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities. The statement should include information about how the applicant and the library community will benefit from the applicant’s receipt of scholarship. Statements should be no longer than 3 pages (approximately 1,000 words).

The applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae should be included in their application.

Applications must be submitted via e-mail to Carrie Russell, crussell@alawash.org by May 15, 2017.

Awardees may receive the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship up to two times in a lifetime. Funds may be used for equipment, expendable supplies, travel necessary to conduct, attend conferences, release from library duties or other reasonable and appropriate research expenses.

A review committee will be made up of the members selected by the LCA, with one representative each from the collaborating associations: ALA, the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries. ALA’s Washington Office will oversee jury selection.

Illinois Library Association's Awards - Deadline: Monday, May 15, 2017
Focus
Excellence in Librarianship
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 15, 2017
Notes

The Illinois Library Association’s awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. The program increases awareness of the contributions of all association participants, including recipients, sponsors, co-sponsors, and committees/forums.

Recipients are selected by the ILA Awards Committee or by the various forum awards subcommittees. Nominations are forwarded by the ILA office to the ILA Awards Committee chair, and to the appropriate forum representative, during May of each year.

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2017.

To submit a nomination, please select an award and click on the submit a nomination button. If you have any questions regarding awards or how to submit a nomination please e-mail tina@ila.org.

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.

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants 2017 - Deadline: Friday, June 23, 2017
Focus
Elementary & Middle Schools
Target
School
Deadline
June 23, 2017
Notes

From the Crayola website--Thank you for your interest in the Champion Creatively Alive Children® grant opportunity! The 2017 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Beginning December 1, 2016, submit your application for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school's creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000..

For additional information, please click here.

Focus
Literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
October 31, 2017
Notes
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: http://www.vernonlibrarysupplies.com/grants

 

Focus
Books
Target
Public, School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The Roads to Reading Literacy Initiative (RTRLI) provides grants of new children’s books as educational resources to schools, child-care centers, and nonprofit organizations serving children in need from birth to age 16. Donated books must be used for on-site literacy programs that target underserved communities and are administered by the applicant organization. RTRLI provides books for circulation and story time in school and public libraries; for remedial reading programs in schools, after-school programs, and community centers; and for story time in home daycares and daycare centers. Preference is given to libraries in small communities and to programs that provide structured remedial reading instruction and have been in existence for at least six months.

For additional information, click here.

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.

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.

Focus
Disaster Recovery
Target
School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to support public, middle or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools impacted by an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.

"When disaster strikes and a school library is damaged or destroyed, children lose more than books and other resources,” said Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian. “They lose dreams and escapes, explorations and inspirations, connections and validations, growth and depth, opportunities to learn, create, and understand. However, while these losses affect students, teachers, and parents profoundly, the library collection does not rank very high among the priorities of a school struggling in the aftermath of such an experience. Thus, the purpose of this grant is to provide the seeds, if not the total solutions, for the restoration of this vital key to learning and teaching."

A total of $30,000 in funding is available each year. Grant amounts awarded to applicants will be dependent on several variables, including: total number of applicants, geographic distribution and total unmet need. Grant funds can be used to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment. A jury will determine the final grant amount.

“The school library is the heart and hub of the school’s learning community,” said Audrey Church, AASL president. “It provides access not only to the resources and tools required for learning, but also to a warm, thought-provoking, and safe environment in which learning can take place. Through Marney’s generosity, students experiencing fear and uncertainty will once again have access to a familiar safe haven and quality resources. We cannot thank Marney enough for her support of our students.” 

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

The American Association of School Librarians www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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/

 

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.

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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