Grants

Focus
Autism
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
December 1, 2017
Notes

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.

Demco New Leaders Travel Grant - Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017
Focus
Continuing Education
Target
Public
Deadline
December 4, 2017
Notes

The purpose of these grants is 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.

This grant has been established to enable PLA Members new to the profession and who have not had the opportunity to attend a major PLA continuing education event in the last five years to do so.

Eligible events are PLA Dynamic Planning Institute; PLA Conference; and other PLA events, such as preconferences or institutes, held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference or ALA Midwinter Meeting.

For additional information, and a link to the application, please visit this site.

Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program - Deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2017
Focus
Strengthening Local Communities, Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, and Career Opportunity
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
December 31, 2017
Notes

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:

  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.
2018 Summer Learning Resources Grants - Deadline: Monday, January 1, 2018
Focus
Summer Reading Programs
Target
Public, School
Deadline
January 1, 2018
Notes

This grant is designed to provide libraries in need with funds for resources so that they are better equipped to offer services and resources that help prevent the summer slide in under-served teens most vulnerable to summer learning loss, including teens who speak English as a second language, teens in socio-economically challenged communities, and teens who are at risk of failing school.

For additional information, click here.

2018 Teen Summer Intern Program - Deadline: Monday, January 1, 2018
Focus
Summer Reading Programs
Target
Public, School
Deadline
January 1, 2018
Notes

This grant is designed to encourage libraries to faciliate the use of teen interns to assist with summer learning programs.  YALSA will provide $1,000 to support a library's teen intern(s) program.  Funds can be used for intern stipends, trainings, or other intern related activities as deemed appropriate.  The $1,000 grants are made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

For additional information and an application, click here.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative - Deadline: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Focus
Adult Learners
Target
Public
Deadline
January 2, 2018
Notes

The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development. Up to 15 grants of $10,000 each will be awarded. Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office.

Read the full project guidelines and apply online by January 2, 2018 at https://apply.ala.org/americandream2018/

For additional information, click here.

Live and Learn Construction Grant Program - Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2018
Focus
Construction Costs
Target
Public
Deadline
January 12, 2018
Notes

The Live and Learn Construction Grant Program, funded by an annual state legislative appropriation, assists public libraries with construction costs in their facilities. Grants are awarded based on recommendations from a statewide committee following a review process. Local money is matched by state grants, except for Mini-Grants.

The State Library is accepting application for this public library construction grant program with applications due by January 12, 2018

Additional information, a link to the application, and the archived grant information webinar for the Live & Learn Construction Grant Program, is now available on the program website under the Informational Webinars heading at the following link - http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/livelearn_construction.html

For questions or additional information, please contact Mark Shaffer at 217-524-4901 or mshaffer@ilsos.net, or Pat Boze at 217-782-1891 or pboze@ilsos.net at the Illinois State Library.

Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant - Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018
Focus
Public Libraries
Target
Public
Deadline
January 15, 2018
Notes

The FY18 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant application and FY16 Expenditure Report forms are now available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html

 

The application and the FY2016 expenditure report(s) are due January 15, 2018 and must be sent at the same time!

 

Following are simple, basic instructions on how to save a PDF grant form to a computer WITHOUT opening the file in a web browser.  

 

Windows OS:

Access the grant application from the following URL:  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html

  • Enter your control and branch number and click “continue”  to find the application link. 
  • Right-click on the link for the grant application (do not open in Web browser), and choose either Save target as or Save link as.
  • When the Save As dialog box appears, select a folder from your list of available folders and click the Save button in the lower right corner.  Note the file name and location of the saved file.
  • Open Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • In Adobe Acrobat Reader, choose File > Open.  Locate the saved grant application file, then Open.  Complete the application, then save to your computer.   
  • Email the completed/saved file as an attachment to: percap-grant@ilsos.net 

 

MAC OS: 

Access the grant application from the following URL:  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html

  • Enter your control and branch number and click “continue”  to find the application link. 
    • Hold down the Control (Ctrl) key on the keyboard and use the mouse to click on the link for the grant application that appears in the web browser (do not open file in Web browser).  If the mouse has only one button (standard Apple mouse), hold down the Control (Ctrl) key while clicking. If the mouse has both a left and a right button, right-click the target link as you would on a Windows-based computer.
    • Click the Download Linked File As... or the Save Link As... option that appears on the pop-up list. This will allow you to transfer the linked file to your computer.
  • When the Save As dialog box appears, select a folder from your Where: options and click the Save button in the lower right corner. Note the file name and location of the saved file.
  • Open Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • In Adobe Acrobat Reader, choose File > Open.  Locate the saved grant application file, then Open.  Complete the application, then save to your computer.   
  • Email the completed/saved file as an attachment to: percap-grant@ilsos.net

 

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns!!!!

 

Jeanne Urbanek
Illinois State Library

Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 South Second Street
Springfield, IL  62701-1796
217-524-0050 PHONE
217-782-1877- FAX
jurbanek@ilsos.net

Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant - Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 1, 2018
Notes

The CSK Review Books Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries.

 

For additional information, click here.

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries - Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Focus
School Libraries
Target
School
Deadline
February 1, 2018
Notes

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries provides funding support on a competitive basis to public school libraries—located in the United States 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.”

Monetary Amount:

  • $3,000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators.

  • $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.

Eligibility:

  • All applicants (individual or institution) must be current members of ALA and AASL at the time the application is submitted.
  • The public school library must be located in the United States, with one staff position being held by a certified school librarian.

  • Grant is for one (1) year and is not intended for the project to extend for multiple years.

  • Grant applications are kept in a pool for two years from date of receipt. Prior applications may be updated each year, as long as they are received by the application deadline.

  • Institutions represented by The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries jury can be eligible to apply, but committee members must recuse themselves from the discussion, voting or decline the nomination if they have a conflict of interest.  

For additional information and to apply, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/toor

Inspire Collection Development Grant - Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Focus
School Libraries
Target
School
Deadline
February 1, 2018
Notes

AASL is pleased to offer the Inspire Collection Development Grant, a grant so that an existing public middle or high school can extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school.

The Fund is $20,000 per year. The direct assistance grant shall be capped at $5,000. At least four grants per year will be awarded with the total number of grants determined by number of applicants, geographic distribution, and total unmet need as determined by the Jury. Of the total, at least two (2) grants up to $5,000 per year will be awarded to a public middle or high school that has 85% or more of its student population qualified for Free/Reduced Lunch (FRL) program.

For additional information and to apply, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/inspire/collection

 

 

Pamela J. Farris Rural Classroom Library Award - Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Focus
School Libraries
Target
School
Deadline
March 1, 2018
Notes

The Illinois Reading Council (IRC) invites nominations for the Pamela J. Farris Rural Classroom Library Award. The award was created in 2012 by a gift from Pamela J. Farris to the IRC. Dr. Farris, who attended a small rural school as a child and began her teaching career in rural schools, notes that students in rural schools often lack access to public libraries and the learning resources that are available in larger schools and communities. This award provides the winning teacher with a classroom library, selected by the committee, to target the grade level and needs of the award-winning teacher. The library is designed to enhance the availability of quality literature for students to read.

Nominees must be kindergarten through grade 8 teachers in rural schools in Illinois with a town population less than 2,500. Nominations must be made by current IRC members. Self-nominations are encouraged. Finalists are visited to assess needs noted by the teacher. Nominations must be submitted by postal mail or email.

For additional information, please visit http://www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org/awardsgrants.html

 

Workplace Skills Enhancement Grant Program - Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Focus
Adult Learners
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 15, 2018
Notes

Offered by the Illinois Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library, these "Grant projects provide instruction at the workplace to improve the basic reading, writing, math skills or English language proficiency of employees. Services are provided through a partnership between one business and an adult educational agency."

For additional information, and the electronic grant application, click here

Adult Literacy Volunteer Grant - Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Focus
Adult Learners
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 15, 2018
Notes

Offered by the Illinois Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library, these "Grant projects provide instruction to help adults who read below the ninth grade level or speak English at a beginning level to improve their basic reading, writing, math, or English language proficiency. Services are provided through the use of trained, unpaid volunteer tutors."

For additional information, and the online application, click here.

Penny Severns Family Literacy Grant - Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Focus
Families
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 15, 2018
Notes

Offered by the Illinois Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library these "Grant projects provide integrated, intensive instruction to improve the basic reading, writing skills, math or English language proficiency of parents and children together. Services include adult education, child education, parenting education, literacy-based, interactive, parent-child activities and library services."

"Projects also strengthen the ability of the parent to foster educational achievement and increase their ability to use the resources and services of the library. Services are provided through a partnership between a public library, an adult educational agency, and an organization that serves at-risk children."

For additional information and access to the electronic application, click here.

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program - Deadline: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Focus
Youth
Target
Public, School
Deadline
March 31, 2018
Notes

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 .

Amber Brown Grant - Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Focus
Literacy
Target
School
Deadline
April 15, 2018
Notes

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) offers the Amber Brown Grant to commemorate author Paula Danziger. The grant is awarded annually to one school and includes a visit by a children’s book author or illustrator to encourage children and youth to read and connect them with creative influences.

Eligible applicants are prekindergarten through grade 12 public, private, charter, and parochial schools. SCBWI membership is not required. The school principal must support the school nomination. Applications must be submitted by postal mail.

For additional information, and to apply, please see the SCBWI website -- http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/amber-brown-grant/

Preservation Assistance Grants - Deadline: Monday, May 28, 2018
Focus
Preservation of Historical Documents
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 28, 2018
Notes

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—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.

For additional information, please review the information found on the National Endowment for the Humanities website.

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.

Our Caps, Your Cause - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Donations to Charitable Organizations
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

Prairie Farms donates funds to charitable organizations through their Our Caps, Your Cause program.  Charitable organizations--like libraries--can register for the program, and then encourage their patrons to go the Prairie Farms website to enter the code found on the milk cap.  For additional information, check out the Prairie Farms website.

 

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.

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.

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.

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
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The Library of Congress has available at all times, for donation to eligible organizations and institutions, surplus books which are not needed for the Library's own uses.

For additional information, and to learn how your library can take advantage of this opportunity, 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.

AmazonSmile - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Non-profit organizations
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by our customers.

For additional information, and to register for the program, follow this link

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/

 

Amazon - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Requests for donations
Target
School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

From the Amazon website--

Thanks for your interest in Amazon!   We’re thrilled to support many different 501(c)(3) organizations and schools in communities where our employees live and work. With the number of worthy requests received, we do not accept unsolicited donations requests. However, if you would like to share your work with us please email donationrequests@amazon.com and we’ll get back to you within 10 business days if we’re able to support your organization. Thank you for considering Amazon as a supporter, and we appreciate your commitment to making an impact in our community.

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