Grants

NEA Big Read - Deadline: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Focus
Reading programs
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
January 24, 2018
Notes

From the Arts Midwest website:

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

Annually, the program supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book.

Each community program that receives an NEA Big Read grant—which ranges between $5,000 and $15,000—is also provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions and Q&As.

Since 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,400 Big Read programs, providing more than $19 million in grants to organizations nationwide. In addition, Big Read activities have reached every Congressional district in the country.

For additional information, please click here.

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries - Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2018
Focus
Graphic Novels
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
January 26, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

Two Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are given annually - the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant will provide support to a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs and the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant will provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative. These Grants will support two categorical grants that will encourage public awareness on the rise and importance of graphic literature, sequential art, and comics as a literary medium.  The objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries is to facilitate library-generated programs and services that will promote graphic novels to library patrons and to the local community.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here

Revisiting the Founding Era - Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Focus
Historical documents and public libraries
Target
Public
Deadline
January 31, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

Public libraries are invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era, a nationwide project that will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a project of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Constitution Center. The project is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Up to 100 U.S. public libraries will be selected to host programs related to the American Revolution and the early years of the nation. Participating libraries will receive:

  • 10 copies of a 100-page reader containing selected documents from the lauded Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in U.S. history
  • $1,000 to help implement discussion groups and other public programs
  • Training, resources and support

Libraries, working in collaboration with scholars, local experts and others, will be asked to implement at least three public programs for adult and teen audiences. Topics may include the rights of citizens versus the rights of government; who is “we the people?”; and decision-making and taking action.

For additional information, and the link to apply online, click here.

Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant - Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
January 31, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

 

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.

Community Possible Grant Program - Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Focus
Children
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
January 31, 2018
Notes

From the US Bank website:

Community Possible is designed to embrace the diversity in our communities. We consider grant requests without regard to race, gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. While the U.S. Bank Foundation generously funds many nonprofit organizations in our communities, it's impossible to fund every request. In order to make the most meaningful impact in our local communities, we focus our grant giving to fund economic development issues tied to Work, Home, and Play.

For additional information, please click here.

Excellence in Library Programming Award - Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public, School, Academic
Deadline
February 1, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

The award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during the preceding year, that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need, and has a measurable impact.

For additional information, please 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

American Honda Foundation - Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Focus
Youth Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 1, 2018
Notes

From the America Honda Foundation website:

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. We support youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.

For additional information, please click here.

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

 

 

Innovative Reading Grant - Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Focus
Literacy
Target
School
Deadline
February 1, 2018
Notes

From the AASL website:

Sponsored by Capstone, the AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Criteria

The AASL Innovative Reading Grant Committee will evaluate the grant based on the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a personal member of AASL.
  2. The potential to measure and evaluate a literacy project that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy

  3. Reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting

  4. Program must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Existing commercial programs will not be considered

  5. Project should demonstrate potential to impact student learning, especially reading

  6. Originality of project and methodology

  7. Potential for replication of the program should be apparent

  8. Demonstration of the ability of the applicant(s) to undertake and successfully complete the project

  9. A project plan that includes a timeline, budget, and clarity of purpose

  10. Research should be evidence-based and scholarly in nature

  11. Rankings based on a rubric that correlates with the ratings sheet.

  12. This award is to be for a successful reading project that demonstrates the potential for reading improvement in K-9th grade. (A program that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy.) That can show improvement of reading in the students it is applied to.

  13. The grant recipient may be invited to present a program at a future AASL National Conference after the study has been completed and the results known.

  14. The grant recipient may be invited to write an article for Knowledge Quest that delineates their reading incentive project and demonstrate their successes, trials, and recommendations for improving so others can replicate the project.

For additional information, click here.

Inspire Special Event Grant - Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Focus
Middle School and High School libraries
Target
School
Deadline
February 1, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian, AASL is pleased to offer the Inspire Special Event Grant. The grant opportunity supports a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school. The goal is to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would create new or enhance educational activities in order to engage students with and in the library and to promote reading, books, literacy and authors. 

The fund is $10,000 per annum. The direct assistance is capped at $2,000 per grant.

For additional information, click here.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education - Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018
Focus
Schools
Target
School
Deadline
February 9, 2018
Notes

From the Lowe's website--

Through our support for public education, we’re closing the funding gap facing many schools today. Each year, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States.

Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Projects should address a critical need and align with Lowe’s company purpose; to help people love where they live. Toolbox grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000.   Grants can only be applied for during the cycle dates. Please make sure that your school and grant request fall within the Giving Guidelines.

For additional information, and to apply, please click here.

2018 Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant - Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Focus
Librarians
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 15, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

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.). Applicants do not have to be ALA members to apply. Interested persons may apply by completing the brief online questionnaire.  Deadline to apply is February 15, 2018, 11:59 pm CST.

For additional information, please click here.

Dollar General Summer Reading Program Grant - Deadline: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Focus
Literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 22, 2018
Notes

From the Dollar General Foundation website--

Summer Reading Grants provide funding to local nonprofit organizations and libraries to help with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs. Programs must target Pre-K through 12th-grade students who are new readers, below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities.

Deadline to apply: February 22, 2018 (by 10 pm CST)

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here.

2018 Historical Records Grant Program - Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018
Focus
Preservation of Historical Documents
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 9, 2018
Notes

IL State Historical Records Advisory Board Announces 2018 Historical Records Grant Program

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB), using funding from National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is offering grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois historical records keepers to develop and/or carry out projects that show commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will lead to enhanced online access. These projects may include creating online finding aids, digitizing records and placing the digital content online, making an inventory of records or properly storing the records with the goal of preparing them for future online access, or placing information about the records on a blog, wiki page or Facebook. Information about this grant program is listed below.

Grant Amounts and Requirements

Minimum grant request: $500

Maximum grant request: $5,000

All grants require a one-to-one ($1 for $1) in-kind and/or cash match

Application Period: January 29, 2018 – March 9, 2018

All grant projects will run for one year beginning July 1, 2018.

Guidelines and Application Form: The grant guidelines which includes the application form is available on-line at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard151.pdf or you may request the guidelines be mailed to you. The application must be printed, filled out, and mailed. It cannot be submitted on-line.

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board is made up of representatives from different archives, museums, universities and libraries from around the state and seeks to facilitate cooperation among historical records depositories and other information agencies within Illinois.  The Illinois State Archives serves as the coordinator of the ISHRAB.

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Catheryne Popovitch

Records Archivist

ISHRAB Deputy Coordinator

Illinois State Archives

217-524-9844

cpopovitch@ilsos.net

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 .

2018 Academic Library Impact Research Grants - Deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2018
Focus
Academic research
Target
Academic
Deadline
April 1, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website--

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Academic Library Impact Research Grants. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $20,000 in fiscal year 2018 to offer research grants of up to $3,000 each. These grants will enable librarians to carry out new research, particularly in areas suggested by ACRL’s 2017 report "Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research" (prepared for ACRL by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase).

ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals employed in academic and research libraries to apply for funding for research that will demonstrate library contributions to student learning and success. Each proposed project should aim to build on the foundations of the "Academic Library Impact" report and fill gaps in existing literature. As the report’s authors write, it is intended to act “as a catalyst for the study of college and university student learning and success,” highlighting questions for further investigation as well as tools and methods that can be applied to them or any number of related topics.

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

Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation - Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Focus
Community based programs
Target
Public, School
Deadline
April 15, 2018
Notes

From the Penguin Random House Foundation website:

The Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation recognize public libraries creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.  School libraries serving the capacity of public libraries are also welcome to submit an application adhering to the same criteria.

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

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/

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants - Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Focus
Youth Literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 17, 2018
Notes

From the Dollar General Foundation website--

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:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

Deadline to apply: May 17, 2018 (by 10 pm CST)

Grant announcement: August 28, 2018

Maximum grant amount: $4,000

For additional information and to apply for a grant, please click here.

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.

Georgia-Pacific Foundation - Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Focus
Education, Environment, Enrichment of Community and Entrepreneurship
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
October 31, 2018
Notes

From the Georgia-Pacific Foundation website:

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation uses its Four Focus Areas (Four E’s): Education, Environment, Enrichment of Community and Entrepreneurship as guideposts for giving, both in terms of grants provided to nonprofit organizations and in decision-making around employee participation in company-sponsored volunteer programs. The Four E’s enables us to ensure that our charitable giving creates value and translates into strengthening our communities.

For additional information, please click here.  Please note that grant proposals are accepted only from organizations located within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific manufacturing facility.  There are two located in Illinois--in Aurora and Mt. Olive.

 

 

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
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

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.

Focus
Illinois history
Target
Public, School, Special
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

To celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018 and to spark curiosity about Illinois history and its implications for our state’s present and future, Illinois Humanities, in partnership with the Illinois State Historical Society, is launching a grants program entitled Forgotten Illinois.

Why We’re Doing It: The core question to which this program responds is, “What can lesser-known features of Illinois history tell us about the ever-evolving identity of our state?” By shedding light on chapters of our history that are significant despite their obscurity, and by using media and digital storytelling platforms to make them widely accessible, Forgotten Illinois intends to engage numerous partners throughout the state in feeding curiosity about the many facets that comprise Illinois’s complex identity.

Here’s How It Works: We are making grants available to support Forgotten Illinois activities during all three of our 2018 grant cycles: Jan. 15, 2018, May 15, 2018, and Sept. 15, 2018. Applicants should use the Action category grants application form, and include the words “Forgotten Illinois” in the opening sentence of their project narrative. They should also indicate whether they are applying in the scholarly research, artistic interpretation, or school-based activity category.

For additional information, visit the Illinois Humanities website -- https://www.ilhumanities.org/program/community-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.

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.

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/

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

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".

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.

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.

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
Children's literacy
Target
Public, School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The mission of the Pilcrow Foundation is to provide new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States.

The Foundation's Children’s Book Project grants support libraries located in a rural area within the 50 United States that have a limited operating budget and an active children’s department.

Through the program, a library's local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books.

The Foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books from which Children’s Book Project grant recipients can select books best suited for their community. The book list includes award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations.

The 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. A branch library may apply if it serves a rural community. Applications are accepted from school libraries only if they also serve as the community’s public library.

The Foundation does not offer grants to libraries outside of the 50 United States, libraries in urban or metropolitan areas, or libraries with substantial operating budgets.

Note: The Foundation also offers a limited number of special non-matching grants to libraries serving rural communities in the United States affected by recent tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, or other natural disasters. Libraries can select $800 worth of new, quality, hardcover children’s books from the Foundation’s booklist. Locally sponsored matching funds are not required for the disaster relief grants.

For additional information, click here.

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 Snapdragon Book Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
School libraries serving disadvantaged students
Target
School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The Snapdragon Book Foundation seeks to foster children's literacy by providing grants to school libraries serving disadvantaged youth.

Grants are awarded to public, private, and experimental schools throughout the United States.

In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, the Foundation hopes to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read.

Acceptable uses of grant money include:

  • books that will be used repeatedly by school-aged children through classroom libraries or a central library;
  • processing or cataloging fees from book vendors;
  • reference materials for use by students; and,
  • magazine or newspaper subscriptions.

Schools will be able to apply for these grants for 2018 in January.  For additional information, and an application, click here.

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